Alaway vs Pataday

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This medication is used to prevent and treat itching of the eyes caused by allergies (allergic/seasonal conjunctivitis). Ketotifen is an antihistamine for the eye that treats allergic symptoms by blocking a certain natural substance (histamine). It is also a mast cell stabilizer that prevents allergic reactions by reducing the release of natural substances that cause an allergic reaction.This medication is an antihistamine used to treat itching and redness in the eyes due to allergies. This medication is not recommended for the treatment of eye irritation due to wearing contact lenses.
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ICUCLEARLY | 30.08.11
I use OTC brand, less costly than precription form, Zaditor. Ease of use, very slight irritation each use, but goes away almost instantly. As long as I have a need for this medication, I will go with OTC brand.
ktward | 04.02.10
I have used Zaditor with great success, but the Alaway was less expensive so I tried it. The Alaway drops stung horribly: eyes watered, tears ran, nose ran. After recovery, the drops 'worked', but too much initial drama. I'm back to the Zaditor. Since both brands contain the same active ingredient, I've no idea why Alaway was such an initial assault.
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Eve Adams | 23.10.13
After the third day of use a headache started, the headache continued to worsen. I asked a pharmacist if this headache was normal, and was told,....'yes a headache with this drug is normal, the headache will go away. By the end of the second week the headache was accompanied by shooting pains in my right temple. The next day I saw bright lights to right of head, I saw these lights frequently and my vision began to deteriorate. Also as I was experiencing these shooting bright lights I began to experience a black ring in my visual field, never directly in front of the eye, but always slightly to the right. I called my very busy ophthalmologist who took me immediately. He was shocked at the reaction, an I guess a little frightened that a drug that he had prescribed nearly blinded me. This is a bad drug, not enough is known about it.