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Ketotifen

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What is Ketotifen for?

Ketotifen is an antihistamine, and in particular, it is classed as the second generation of antihistamines. Antihistamines work by reducing responses to histamine in your body, which relates to reducing allergic reactions. It is therefore used in allergic conditions such as allergic rhinitis and allergic conjunctivitis.

How to use it?

Ketotifen is available as tablets, oral syrup and eye drops. Eye drops are used in allergic conjunctivitis. Instil one drop to the affected eye twice a day. For allergic rhinitis, take 1mg twice daily with food. It can go up to 2mg twice daily if needed. 

What are the side effects of Ketotifen?

Although Ketotifen typically does not cause drowsiness at the usual dose, some people may still experience mild drowsiness. 

Who should not take Ketotifen?

People who are allergic to any component of Ketotifen or other antihistamines.

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Where to buy Ketotifen in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Ketotifen is a medicine under supervised sales and can be purchased under the supervision of a pharmacist from any pharmacies in Hong Kong. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.


For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Ketotifen in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.

Available dosage
  • 0.2mg/ml (Syrup)
  • 0.025% (Eye Drops)
  • 1mg (Tablets)
Drug class
Antihistamines
Sub class
Antihistamines (Second Generation)
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