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Hypromellose ophthalmic
HYDROXYPROPYLMETHYLCELLULOSE - OPHTHALMIC INSERT

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

HYDROXYPROPYLMETHYLCELLULOSE - OPHTHALMIC INSERT

(hi-DROX-ee-pro-pull-meth-ill-CELL-you-lohss, off-THAL-mick)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Lacrisert

Uses

This medication is a tear-like substance used in the treatment of dry eye syndromes.

How To Use

The inserts are to be properly placed in the eye once or twice daily as directed. Your doctor will demonstrate how to place the insert into the eye and how to remove it. Practice inserting and removing the insert while in the doctor's office so any questions you have can be answered.

Side Effects

Vision may be temporarily blurred or unstable for a period after applying the insert. Use caution if driving or performing duties requiring clear vision. Eye irritation or discomfort, sticking of eyelashes and sensitivity to bright light may occur when first using this medication. If these symptoms continue or become worse, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor immediately if you develop: itching, pain burning, redness, swelling in or around the eyes, vision problems. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor if you have any of the following conditions: eye problems, any allergies. As with any medication, this should be used cautiously during pregnancy or while breast-feeding. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.

Notes

If the condition for which this was prescribed does not improve or becomes worse after a few days, consult your doctor.

Missed Dose

Each insert is to be used for a 24 hour period. If you forget to replace an insert, do it as soon as remembered. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) away from heat. Check the expiration date on the box and discard any expired medication.