Name: Alaway

Alaway Overview

Alaway is an over-the-counter (OTC) eyedrop used to temporarily relieve itchy eyes due to pollen, ragweed, grass, animal hair and dander. Alaway belongs to a group of drugs called antihistamines. It works by blocking histamine receptors and decreasing the release of histamine from cells in the body.

Alaway comes as an eyedrop that is applied twice daily.

Side effects may include red eyes, runny nose and headache.

Uses of Alaway

Alaway is a non-prescription eyedrop that temporarily relieves itchy eyes due to pollen, ragweed, grass, animal hair and dander.

Alaway Usage

Alaway comes as an eyedrop solution.

It is usually instilled in the affected eye(s) twice daily, 8 to 12 hours apart. Instill Alaway eye drops at around the same times every day.

Use Alaway exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

To instill the eye drops:

  • Wash your hands using soap and water.
  • Pull down the lower lid of your eye with your index finger to form a pocket.
  • Hold the dropper (tip down) with the other hand, as close to the eye as possible without touching it.
  • Brace the remaining fingers of that hand against your face.
  • While looking up, gently squeeze the dropper so that a single drop falls into the pocket made by the lower eyelid. Remove your index finger from the lower eyelid.
  • Close your eye for 2 to 3 minutes and tip your head down as though looking at the floor. Try not to blink or squeeze your eyelids.
  • Place a finger on the tear duct and apply gentle pressure.
  • Wipe any excess liquid from your face with a tissue.
  • Replace and tighten the cap on the dropper bottle. Do not wipe or rinse the dropper tip.
  • ​When using this product do not touch tip of container to any surface to avoid contamination.
  • If you wear contacts, remove contact lenses before use and wait at least 10 minutes before reinserting contact lenses after use.

What is Alaway (ketotifen ophthalmic)?

Ketotifen is an antihistamine that reduces the effects of natural chemical histamine in the body. Histamine can produce symptoms of sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and runny nose.

Ketotifen ophthalmic (for use in the eyes) is used to treat itching of the eyes caused by allergy to dust, pollen, animals, or other allergens.

Ketotifen ophthalmic may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What happens if I overdose?

An overdose of ketotifen ophthalmic is not expected to be dangerous. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.

Precautions While Using Alaway

If your symptoms do not improve or if your condition becomes worse, check with your doctor.

How is this medicine (Alaway) best taken?

Use Alaway as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • For the eye only.
  • Wash hands before and after use.
  • Do not use if the solution is cloudy, leaking, or has particles.
  • Do not use if solution changes color.
  • Take out contact lenses before using this medicine. Lenses may be put back in 10 minutes after Alaway is given. Do not put contacts back in if your eyes are irritated or infected.
  • Do not touch the container tip to the eye, lid, or other skin.
  • Tilt your head back and drop drug into the eye.
  • After use, keep your eyes closed. Put pressure on the inside corner of the eye. Do this for 1 to 2 minutes. This keeps the drug in your eye.
  • Put the cap back on after you are done using your dose.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Use a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not use 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about this medicine, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Alaway or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Alaway. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

Review Date: October 4, 2017

Other Comments

Administration advice:
-For ophthalmic use only
-Remove soft contact lens prior to treatment; may reinsert lenses 10 minutes after eye drop administration.

-Do not use if solution changes color or becomes cloudy.
-Replace cap to bottle after each use.

Patient advice:
-Patients should be instructed not to wear a contact lens if eyes are red.
-Patients should be instructed not to touch bottle tip to eyes, hands, or any other surface in order to prevent contamination of the bottle.
-Patients should be instructed to notify their healthcare professional if they experience eye pain, changes in vision, redness of the eye, or if itching does not improve after 72 hours.