Ketotifen (Oral route)

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[edit] MECHANISM OF ACTION

Ketotifen is an antihistamine with anti-allergy properties.

[edit] INDICATIONS

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).

[edit] DOSAGE

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.

[edit] CONTRAINDICATIONS

  • Known hypersensitivity to Ketotifen
  • Pregnancy and breast-feeding

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[edit] INTERACTIONS

Ketotifen may increase the effects of sedatives, anti-histamines, medicines used to treat depression or anxiety and alcohol.

[edit] PREGNANCY AND LACTATION

[edit] 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.

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