Ketotifen (Oral route)
 BRAND NAMES
- International: Zaditen
 MECHANISM OF ACTION
Ketotifen is an antihistamine with anti-allergy properties.
Ketotifen is used to treat various allergic conditions such as rhinitis (inflammation of the mucous membranes in the nose) and conjunctivitis (inflammation of the mucous membranes in the eye).
For adults the usual dose range is between 1 mg and 2 mg taken twice a day.
For children (2 years and above), the usual dose is 1 mg taken twice a day.
- Known hypersensitivity to Ketotifen
- Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Ketotifen may increase the effects of sedatives, anti-histamines, medicines used to treat depression or anxiety and alcohol.
 PREGNANCY AND LACTATION
 SIDE EFFECTS
Up to 1 in 10 people have experienced:
Feeling hyperactive, irritable or nervous, disturbed sleep.
Up to 1 in 100 people have experienced:
Cystitis (a burning or pain when passing urine), feeling dizzy or having a dry mouth.
Up to 1 in 1,000 people have experienced:
Weight gain, feeling sleepy.
Very rare side effects (likely to affect fewer than 1 in 10,000 people):
Severe skin reactions including rashes, blistering or peeling, convulsions (fits) or problems with their liver including hepatitis or an increase in liver enzymes (this will only show in a blood test).
The sleepiness, dry mouth and dizziness usually go away a few days after you have started taking Zaditen.
 RELATED LINKS
|For systemic use||Bilastine • Cetirizine • Chlorphenamine • Cyproheptadine • Dexchlorpheniramine • Desloratadine • Dimetindene (Oral route) • Ebastine • Fexofenadine • Ketotifen (Oral route) • Levocetirizine • Loratadine • Mequitazine • Mizolastine • Oxatomide (Oral route) • Rupatadine|
|For topical use||Dexchlorpheniramine (Topical) • Diphenhydramine • Dimetindene (Topical) • Oxatomide (Topical) • Promethazine|
|Nasal spray||Azelastine (Nasal spray) • Levocabastine (Nasal spray)|
|Eye drops||Azelastine (Eye drops) • Epinastine • Ketotifen (Eye drops) • Levocabastine (Eye drops) • Olopatadine (Eye drops)|
|Combinations||Cetirizine/Pseudoephedrine • Desloratadine/Pseudoephedrine|