Compare olopatadine vs. Elestat

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Relieves itchy eyes due to allergies.

Pataday (olopatadine) is an effective treatment for itchy eyes due to allergies, but it doesn't treat eye irritation caused by infections or contact lens wear.

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Upsides
  • Starts working in less than 30 minutes.
  • Safe to use in children age 2 or older.
  • Pataday (olopatadine) is available in a once daily formulation.
  • Most people experience little side effects since the medicine works in your eyes and doesn't affect the rest of your body.
  • Safe to be used together with other oral medicines that also treat allergies.
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Downsides
  • Available as a prescription only.
  • Pataday (olopatadine) comes in a generic form, but is still relatively expensive compared to its alternatives.
  • Doesn't help relieve itch related to infections or contact lens wear.
  • Good control of hand and eye movements is needed in order to get the medicine into the eyes successfully.
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Used for
  • Allergy-related itchy eyes
  • Allergic conjunctivitis
Dosage forms
  • Eye drops
  • Eye drops
Price
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Side effects
The Pataday (olopatadine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Elestat (Epinastine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • For external use only
  • Not to be used with contact lenses
  • Keeping the applicator clean
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