Alaway

Name: Alaway

Alaway Interactions

No drug interactions have been listed by the manufacturer. However, you should tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Not all drug interactions are known or reported and new drug interactions are continually being reported.

Alaway Precautions

Do not use Alaway:

  • if solution changes color or becomes cloudy
  • if you are sensitive to any ingredient in this product
  • to treat contact lens related irritation

Inform MD

Before using Alaway eye drops, talk to your doctor if:

  • you are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • you are allergic to Alaway or other medications

Alaway Dosage

  • Adults and children 3 years of age and older: Put 1 drop in the affected eye(s) twice daily, every 8 to 12 hours, no more than twice per day.
  • Children under 3 years of age: Consult a doctor.

How should I use Alaway (ketotifen ophthalmic)?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Do not use this medicine while wearing contact lenses. Ketotifen ophthalmic may contain a preservative that can discolor soft contact lenses. Wait at least 10 minutes after using this medicine before putting in your contact lenses.

Wash your hands before using the eye drops.

To apply the eye drops:

  • Tilt your head back slightly and pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket. Hold the dropper above the eye with the tip down. Look up and away from the dropper and squeeze out a drop.

  • Close your eyes for 2 or 3 minutes with your head tipped down, without blinking or squinting. Gently press your finger to the inside corner of the eye for about 1 minute, to keep the liquid from draining into your tear duct.

  • Use only the number of drops your doctor has prescribed. If you use more than one drop, wait about 5 minutes between drops.

  • Wait at least 10 minutes before using any other eye drops your doctor has prescribed.

Do not touch the tip of the eye dropper or place it directly on your eye. A contaminated dropper can infect your eye, which could lead to serious vision problems.

Do not use the eye drops if the liquid has changed colors or has particles in it. Call your pharmacist for new medicine.

Call your doctor if your eye itching does not improve, or if it lasts longer than 72 hours.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not freeze. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.

Alaway (ketotifen ophthalmic) side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using ketotifen ophthalmic and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • redness, drainage, eyelid swelling, or other signs of infection;

  • eye pain;

  • vision changes; or

  • severe itching of the eyes worse than before using the medication.

Common side effects may include:

  • mild burning, stinging, or eye irritation;

  • dryness of the eyes; or

  • increased sensitivity to light.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Commonly used brand name(s)

In the U.S.

  • Alaway
  • Claritin Eye
  • Zaditor
  • Zyrtec Itchy Eye

Available Dosage Forms:

  • Solution

Therapeutic Class: Ophthalmologic Agent

Pharmacologic Class: Mast Cell Stabilizer

Chemical Class: Piperidine

Ketotifen Identification

Substance Name

Ketotifen

CAS Registry Number

34580-13-7

Drug Class

Anti-Allergic Agents

Antihistamines

Antipruritic

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