Which medications in the drug class Antihistamines are used in the treatment of Viral Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)?

Updated: Mar 24, 2020
  • Author: Ingrid U Scott, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Andrew A Dahl, MD, FACS  more...
  • Print
Answer

Antihistamines

These agents are used to treat severe itching.

Azelastine ophthalmic

Azelastine competes with histamine for the H1 receptor and inhibits the release of histamine and other mediators involved in the allergic response.

Ketotifen, ophthalmic (Alaway, Zaditor, Zyrtec Itchy Eye Drops)

Ketotifen is a relatively selective H1 receptor antagonist and inhibitor of histamine release from mast cells. OTC.

Olopatadine ophthalmic (Pataday, Patanol, Pazeo)

Olopatadine is a relatively selective H1 receptor antagonist and inhibitor of histamine release from mast cells.


Did this answer your question?
Additional feedback? (Optional)
Thank you for your feedback!