Zaditen contains the active ingredient, ketotifen, which is an anti-inflammatory medicine. It works by blocking the allergic response and reducing inflammation.
This medicine is used for short term treatment of the symptoms of seasonal allergic conjunctivitis (itchy, watery or swollen eyes and/or eyelids).
Ask your pharmacist or doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been given to you. Your pharmacist or doctor may have given it for another reason.
This medicine is not addictive.
It is available from your pharmacy.
Use in children
Zaditen is not recommended for use in children under 3 years.
The safety and effectiveness of Zaditen in this age group has not been established.
Before you use ZADITEN
Do not use Zaditen Eye Drops if you have an allergy to:
- Other ingredients in Zaditen that are listed at the end of this leaflet under “Product description”.
Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include:
- shortness of breath
- wheezing or difficulty breathing
- swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body
- rash, itching or hives on the skin.
Do not use this medicine if the expiry date has passed, the packaging is torn or the seal around the closure of the multi-dose or single dose units and neck area is broken. If it has expired or is damaged, return it to your pharmacist for disposal.
If you use this medicine after the expiry date has passed, it may not work.
If you are not sure whether you should start using Zaditen talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
How to use ZADITEN
Carefully follow all directions given to you by your doctor and pharmacist. They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
If you do not understand the instructions on the box ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.
How much to use
The usual dose of Zaditen Eye Drops is one drop in the affected eye(s) twice a day. This will normally be in the morning and at night.
After using Zaditen Eye Drops wait at least 5 minutes before putting any other eye drops in your eye(s).
If you wear soft contact lenses, remove them before using this medicine. Wait for 15 minutes after using Zaditen before reinserting the contact lenses. The preservative in Zaditen Eye Drops bottle can affect the contact lenses.
If you are unsure about when, or how, to stop using Zaditen Eye Drops you should talk to your doctor.
How to use
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
- Open the multi-dose bottle.
- Make sure the tip of the bottle does not touch anything as this may contaminate the solution.
- Hold the bottle in one hand between the thumb and forefinger.
- With your head tilted back, use the forefinger of the other hand to pull down the lower lid of the eye to be treated.
- Place the dropper close to your eye but without touching your eye or eyelid, and squeeze the bottle gently so that one drop falls into the pouch between your lower lid and your eye, and then release your lower lid.
Only one drop is needed.
- Close your eyes and gently press the inner corner of your eye with your forefinger for one minute.
- Treat your other eye in the same way if it is also affected.
- Close the bottle and keep it at room temperature (below 25°C). Discard the multi-dose bottle and remaining solution four (4) weeks after opening.