9/11 Acquisition Reform Advertising Alaway Alcohol Ale Allergies Antisemitism Barack H. Obama Beer Billiards Biology Books Budget Bureaucracy California Capitalism Carbohydrates Carcinogen CDC Chemical Warfare Chemistry Chemophobia Chirality Climate Science Colonial Pines Computers Conservation Laws Constitution Consumerism Cosmology CPT Invariance Creationism Customer Service Daesh David Irving Dead End Defense Dinosaurs Disasters Economic Energy English Ethics Evolution Fluoride Food FTL Garden Care George W. Bush Gerlich and Tscheuschner GISS Glaciers GMOs HadCRU Haiti Health Himalayan Rock Salt HITRAN Holocaust Denial Home Brewing How It Looks From Here html Humor Information Infrared Spectroscopy IPCC Iran ISIS Islam Islamophobia Israel Ketotifen Fumarate Law Lawn Care Leibniz Lisbon Magnetism Math Medco Medicine Modeling Molecules Monopoly Monsanto Naphazoline hydrochloride Neutrinos Nietzsche NIH NIST Noether's Theorem Non-hazardous Norton Ghost Nuclear Warfare Oil Oil Spill Olopatadine hydrochloride Opinion Orson Scott Card Parody Pataday Patanol Pesticides Pheneramine maleate Physics Plumbing Politics Poll Pope POTUS Prescriptions Prop 65 Psychology Quantum Mechanics Quiz Racism Radiative Transfer Relativity Religion Respiration Senior Housing Signs Smoking Specific Gravity Statistics Stock Market Sugars Sun Tzu Surface Temperature Surgeon General Symantec Target Temperature Terrorism The Final Solution The Holocaust History Project Thermodynamics Time Trains Units Voltaire von Clausewitz Weather White House Wine Yeast
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