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Saturday, June 11, 2011
Patanol vs Alaway (Ketotifen Fumarate) Eye Drops
In July of 2010, I wrote a piece on my experience with Medco getting my prescription for Patanol filled. The medication is a prescription antihistamine that is administered by drops to the eye. It is prescribed for hay fever and similar allergies that cause itchy eyes.
During my struggles with Medco, my local pharmacist recommended an over-the-counter medication that he said was just as effective called ketotifen fumarate, which is sold under the brand name of Alaway but also under other brand names.
After some experience using both medications, I thought I should report back on my experience. First, I need to insert all the necessary caveats. I am not a medical doctor or a pharmacist. If you need medical advice, see your family doctor, or ophthalmologist.
My experience as a patient is that both medications helped to stop my eyes from itching, however, Alaway stings when the drops are added, whereas I do not have this experience with Patanol. If you do not mind the sting, Alaway may be fine, but I prefer the Patanol.
Update (5/31/2013): See my subsequent post on the topic: Eye Allergies: Patanol Still the Best for Me