What is Lastacaft®?
Lastacaft® is a sterile H1 receptor antagonist containing alcaftadine for topical ophthalmic administration.
How Does Lastacaft® Work?
Lastacaft® is a H1 histamine receptor antagonist which inhibits the release of histamine from mast cells. Mast cells release the chemicals responsible for allergic reactions.
Reasons for Use of Lastacaft®
Lastacaft® is indicated for the treatment of itching eyes associated with allergic conjunctivitis.
Contraindications for Lastacaft®
There are not any contraindications for Lastacaft®.
Side Effects and Precautions for Lastacaft®
Ocular Side Effects
The most common side effects occurring in less than 4% of patients were;
Stinging on instillation
Non-Ocular Side Effects
The most common side effects occurring in less than 3% were;
Contact Lens Use
Patients should not wear their contacts if their eyes are red when using Lastacaft®. It is not intended to be used for the treatment of red eyes secondary to contact lens wearing. Lastacaft® should not be instilled with the contacts on the eye.
Method of Use
Lastacaft® is for topical use only.
Lastacaft® should not be used by pregnant women.
It is not known if Lastacaft® is excreted in human milk and therefore should be used with caution in nursing mothers.
Studies have not been done in pediatric patients under age 2.
Administration and Strength of Lastacaft®
Lastacaft® (alcaftadine) 0.25% is instilled into the affected eye or eyes two times a day.
How is Lastacaft® Supplied?
Lastacaft® is supplied in a sterile ophthalmic dispensing bottle with 3mL of medication in a 5mL bottle.