Prescription or OTCLower-cost generic availableClass: Ophthalmic

Zaditor Alternatives

(ketotifen fumarate)

Prescription or OTCLower-cost generic availableClass: Ophthalmic
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These medications are comparable to Zaditor (ketotifen fumarate) or used for similar purposes.

Zaditor
(ketotifen fumarate)

Pataday
(olopatadine)

Astepro
(azelastine)

Elestat
(epinastine)

Claritin
(loratadine)

Zyrtec
(cetirizine)

Omnipred
(prednisolone acetate)

Soothes itchy eyes. Zaditor (Ketotifen Fumarate) is strong medicine for itchy eyes and doesn't expose the rest of your body to the medicine.Coming soon.Relieves nasal allergy symptoms. Astepro (Azelastine) is a prescription-only antihistamine nasal spray that can help with your allergy or nasal symptoms without exposing the rest of your body to the medicine.Coming soon.Treats allergy symptoms. Claritin (Loratadine) is a once-daily allergy relief medication that doesn't make you feel sleepy.Treats allergy symptoms. Zyrtec (Cetirizine) is a once-daily allergy relief medication that won't make you feel too sleepy.Calms down redness and swelling in the eye. Omnipred (prednisolone acetate) is a steroid used in the eye that is effective for treatment and symptom relief, but with long-term use, it can have some side effects.
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Reviews for Claritin
74%
+26% better vs. Zaditor
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+62% better vs. Zaditor
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+6% better vs. Zaditor
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Reviews for Zyrtec
76%
+24% better vs. Zaditor
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+53% better vs. Zaditor
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+7% better vs. Zaditor
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Side effects
ZaditorOlopatadineAsteproElestatClaritinZyrtecprednisolone acetate

We haven’t found good data for Zaditor side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Zaditor »

We haven’t found good data for Olopatadine side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Olopatadine »
  • Bitter Taste 19%
  • Headache 2%
  • Somnolence 7%
  • Pharyngitis 1%
  • Nasal Burning 2%
  • Nasal Discomfort 4%
  • Paroxysmal Sneezing 2%
  • Dry Mouth 1%
  • Nausea 2%
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We haven’t found good data for Elestat side effects.

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We haven’t found good data for Claritin side effects.

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We haven’t found good data for Zyrtec side effects.

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The prednisolone acetate FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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How it works
ZaditorOlopatadineAsteproElestatClaritinZyrtecprednisolone acetate
Zaditor (Ketotifen Fumarate) is a topical antihistamine and mast cell stabilizer. It blocks your body's reaction to allergens that irritate the eye.Coming soon.Astepro (Azelastine) is an antihistamine nasal spray. It works directly in your nose to block histamine, a chemical that causes runny nose, itching, and sneezing.Coming soon.Claritin (Loratadine) is an antihistamine. It blocks histamine, a chemical that causes congestion, itching, and other allergic reactions. Antihistamines can also make you sleepy, but Loratadine is a low-drowsiness version.Zyrtec (Cetirizine) is an antihistamine. It blocks histamine, a chemical that causes congestion, itching, and other allergic reactions. Antihistamines can also make you sleepy, but Zyrtec is a low-drowsiness version.Prednisolone acetate is a steroid that is similar to your body's natural steroids. It reduces swelling in the eye and alleviates pain, discomfort, or harm.
Type of medication
ZaditorOlopatadineAsteproElestatClaritinZyrtecprednisolone acetate
Prescription or OTCPrescription onlyPrescription or OTCPrescription or OTCPrescription only
Available as
ZaditorOlopatadineAsteproElestatClaritinZyrtecprednisolone acetate
  • Eye drops
  • Eye drops
  • Nasal spray
  • Nasal spray
  • Eye drops
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Orally disintegrating tablet
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Liquid capsule
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
  • Liquid
Used for
ZaditorOlopatadineAsteproElestatClaritinZyrtecprednisolone acetate
  • Allergic Conjunctivitis
  • Allergic Conjunctivitis Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis
  • Allergic Conjunctivitis
  • Inflammation Of The Eye
Risk factors for serious side effects
ZaditorOlopatadineAsteproElestatClaritinZyrtecprednisolone acetate
    Coming soon.
      Coming soon.
      • Taking with alcohol
      • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
      Detailed Astepro (azelastine) risks & warnings »
        Coming soon.
        • Age 65 or older
        • Taking with alcohol
        • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
        • History of phenylketonuria (PKU)
        Detailed Claritin (loratadine) risks & warnings »
        • Age 65 or older
        • Taking with alcohol
        • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
        • Current kidney disease
        • Current liver disease
        Detailed Zyrtec (cetirizine) risks & warnings »
        • Asthma
        Detailed Omnipred (prednisolone acetate) risks & warnings »
        Pregnancy

        Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

        Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

        Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

        Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

        The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.

        The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.

        Price
        ZaditorOlopatadineAsteproElestatClaritinZyrtecprednisolone acetate
        No price related info.No price related info.
        • It's good for 200 sprays, but there isn't a counter to help you keep track of sprays.
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        Food
        ZaditorOlopatadineAsteproElestatClaritinZyrtecprednisolone acetate
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        • Claritin (Loratadine) contains aspartame (phenylalanine). People who have phenylketonuria (PKU) can't break down the amino acid phenylalanine. It builds up and causes serious medical problems. If you have PKU, don't use this product.
        No food related info.No food related info.
        Kidneys and liver
        ZaditorOlopatadineAsteproElestatClaritinZyrtecprednisolone acetate
        No kidneys and liver related info.No kidneys and liver related info.No kidneys and liver related info.No kidneys and liver related info.No kidneys and liver related info.
        • People with kidney or liver disease may need to take a lower dose of Zyrtec (Cetirizine) to prevent overdose. Talk with your doctor to be sure you are using the correct dose.
        No kidneys and liver related info.
        Pain
        ZaditorOlopatadineAsteproElestatClaritinZyrtecprednisolone acetate
        No pain related info.No pain related info.No pain related info.No pain related info.No pain related info.No pain related info.
        • If inflammation or pain gets worse or lasts longer than 2 days while taking Omnipred (prednisolone acetate), talk to your doctor.
        Sleep
        ZaditorOlopatadineAsteproElestatClaritinZyrtecprednisolone acetate
        No sleep related info.No sleep related info.
        • Won't make you feel sleepy.
        No sleep related info.
        • Can make you feel sleepy, so take it at bedtime if needed.
        • Can make you feel sleepy, so take it at bedtime if needed.
        No sleep related info.
        Upsides and benefits
        ZaditorOlopatadineAsteproElestatClaritinZyrtecprednisolone acetate
        • Works fast to relieve itchy eyes caused by allergies.
        • Most people don't have many side effects since it works in your eyes and doesn't affect the rest of your body.
        • It's available over the counter in the drugstore.
        Coming soon
        • Astepro (Azelastine) lowers the number of nasal symptoms you'll get during allergy season.
        • Works faster than steroid nasal sprays and can be used as needed.
        • Most people don't have any side effects since it works in the nose and doesn't affect the rest of your body.
        • Won't make you feel sleepy.
        • Works just as well as steroid nasal sprays.
        Coming soon
        • Relieves allergy symptoms like sneezing and runny nose just as well as other antihistamines, but with less sedation (drowsiness).
        • Also treats hives and itchy skin.
        • Side effects are rare and usually mild.
        • Available over the counter without a prescription.
        • Comes as a tablet, liquid, or quick-dissolving tablet.
        • Can provide quick relief of allergy symptoms for both kids and adults.
        • Okay to take with most other medications because it doesn't have many interactions.
        • Zyrtec (Cetirizine) works as well as other antihistamines to treat sneezing and runny nose, but causes less sedation.
        • Works well to also treat hives and itchy skin.
        • Zyrtec (Cetirizine) is available over the counter without a prescription.
        • It comes as a tablet, liquid, and quick-dissolving tablet.
        • It can provide quick relief of allergy symptoms for both kids and adults.
        • It's okay to take with most other medications because it has few drug interactions.
        • Most people don't get any side effects from Zyrtec (Cetirizine).
        • Omnipred (prednisolone acetate) works only within the eye, so it will relieve symptoms without having the side effects of oral steroids.
        • Kicks in relatively quickly to relieve symptoms.
        • Available in generic form.
        Downsides and risks
        ZaditorOlopatadineAsteproElestatClaritinZyrtecprednisolone acetate
        • Doesn't treat for other types of allergy symptoms.
        • You need to have good hand-eye coordination to get the eye drops into your eyes.
        Coming soon
        • In older versions of the medicine, you can get a bitter taste in your mouth after spraying it into your nose.
        • Can cause nose bleeds if the spray nozzle is inserted into your nose wrongly.
        • Need a prescription to get Astepro (Azelastine).
        • It's good for 200 sprays, but there isn't a counter to help you keep track of sprays.
        Coming soon
        • For some people, its effectiveness on treating allergies wears off over time.
        • Some people find that other more sedating antihistamines (like Zyrtec or Benadryl) are more effective for them.
        • If you have daily allergy symptoms, a prescription nasal steroid spray might be better for you long-term.
        • Not for kids under 2 years.
        • The Reditabs version contains aspartame (phenylalanine).
        • Although it works fast, its effectiveness wears off for some people over time.
        • Zyrtec (Cetirizine) can be slightly more sedating than Allegra or Claritin.
        • Some people find that other more sedating antihistamines, like Benadryl, are more effective for them than Zyrtec (Cetirizine).
        • If you have daily allergy symptoms, a prescription nasal steroid spray might be better for you long-term.
        • Depending on the condition, you might have to use Omnipred (prednisolone acetate) up to 4 times a day, particularly in the beginning.
        • If using Omnipred (prednisolone acetate) long-term, may require some monitoring by your doctor.
        • Contains sulfite, so depending on the severity of your allergy, may not be suitable for those with allergies to sulfite.
        • Long-term use can lead to increased risk of more serious side effects.
        Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
        ZaditorOlopatadineAsteproElestatClaritinZyrtecprednisolone acetate
        • Use it only for eye allergy symptoms and not for eye infections.
        • If you wear contact lenses, take lenses out before using the eye drops. Wait at least 10 minutes after using Zaditor (Ketotifen Fumarate) before putting the lenses back in.
        • If you have other eye drops, wait at least 5 minutes between different drops.
        • Can cause temporary burning or stinging.
        • Let your doctor know if your eye symptoms gets worse or don't improve after 3 days.
        • Check with the pharmacist to learn the best techniques for using eye drops.
        Coming soon
        • Starts working in 15 minutes.
        • Check with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure you know how to use this nose spray correctly.
        • Before using the spray for the first time, prime it until you see a fine mist.
        • Clear your nose before using the spray and breathe in slowly as you're spraying. After spraying, wait a few minutes before blowing your nose if needed.
        • Tilt your head forward to avoid getting a bitter taste while spraying the medicine.
        • Some people get a headache or feel drowsy and dizzy after using it.
        Coming soon
        • Take it only once a day.
        • Starts working in a few hours.
        • Can make you feel sleepy, so take it at bedtime if needed.
        • Avoid possible side effects by drinking plenty of non-caffeinated liquids.
        • If you need to use it for more than a few weeks, talk with your doctor about trying a nasal steroid instead, which might work better for you long-term.
        • Using an antihistamine eye drop might work better to help itchy or watery eyes.
        • Starts working in a few hours. Only take it once a day.
        • Can make you feel sleepy, so take it at bedtime if needed.
        • Avoid some of the side effects by drinking plenty of non-caffeinated liquids.
        • If you need to use it for more than a few weeks, talk with your doctor about trying a nasal steroid instead since it might work better for you long-term.
        • Using an antihistamine eye drop instead can also work better to treat itchy or watery eyes.
        • If inflammation or pain gets worse or lasts longer than 2 days while taking Omnipred (prednisolone acetate), talk to your doctor.
        • Only a small drop is needed per eye. Tilt your head back and place a drop into your lower eyelid, being careful not to touch the bottle tip to your eyelid or other surface. Afterwards, pinch the top of your nose (in between the eyes) for 15-30 seconds so that the liquid gets absorbed into your eyes.
        • If dose calls for multiple drops, wait 5 minutes in between each drop.
        • Shake well before use. You can store Omnipred (prednisolone acetate) at room temperature, but keeping it in the refrigerator can help alleviate symptoms of pain. Do not freeze.
        • Temporary burning and stinging in the eye may occur after putting in the drop.
        • If you are taking Omnipred (prednisolone acetate) long-term, you may need to gradually stop taking this medication. Take it exactly as your doctor prescribed and do not stop suddenly.
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