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HYPROMELLOSE

Brand Name(s) : Artelac, Artelac SDU, Isopto Alkaline, Isopto Plain, Tears Naturale
Warnings
Uses
Side Effects
Precautions
Interactions
Overdose

HYPROMELLOSE WARNINGS

Hypromellose should be used with caution in:

  • Wearers of soft contact lenses. These should be removed before medication is administered, and there should be a delay of at least 15 minutes before putting the contact lenses back in.

It should not be used in:

  • People with allergy to hypromellose or any of its ingredients

Also see list of precautions and interactions

STORAGE

Keep bottle in the outer carton. Do not store above 25°C. Do not refrigerate.
Sterile until opened. Avoid contamination during use. Ensure that the dropper tip does not touch any surface including the eye surface.

Each bottle should be discarded after 28 days of opening.

HYPROMELLOSE USES

What is it used for?

  • Hypromellose is used to relieve dry and irritated eyes.
  • It is an eye lubricant.
  • It is used to act as an artificial tear.
  • In general this drug is used as a lubricant to treat eye conditions which result in little or no tear production.
  • Benefits of being on this drug can include relief from dry and irritated eyes through replacement with artificial tears.

Listed below are the typical uses of hypromellose.

  • Eye conditions associated with little or no tear production
  • Dehydration of the cornea
  • Dry eyes resulting from not being able to close your eyes properly
  • Lubrication of artificial eyes

On occasion your doctor may prescribe this medicine to treat a condition not on the above list.

HOW TO USE/TAKE

How often do I take it?

  • Use this medication, only as eye drops. The usual dose is one to two drops three times daily. However this medication can be used as often as required to relieve the symptoms of dry eyes and provide adequate lubrication. Follow the instructions given in the patient information leaflet with your medicine.
  • If you are using this medication in combination with another eye drop medicine, wait for 5-15 minutes before applying the second eye drop.
  • Use this medication as required in order to get the most benefit from it.
  • This medication provides immediate relief from the symptoms.
  • Certain medical conditions may require different dosage instructions as directed by your doctor.

What dose?

  • Dosage is based on your age, gender, medical condition, response to therapy, and use of certain interacting medicines.

Do I need to avoid anything?

  • This medication may cause brief blurring on instillation. If you are affected you should avoid driving or operating machinery, until you have clear and unaltered vision. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

When can I stop?

  • Use as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist.

HYPROMELLOSE SIDE EFFECTS

  • Brief blurring on administration
  • Slight stinging sensation on administration
  • Irritation and/or itching of the eyes
If any of these persist or you consider them severe then inform doctor or pharmacist.

Stop taking this medicine and tell your doctor immediately if you develop any of the following symptoms: headache, eye pain, vision changes or continued redness

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

A serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

The Yellow Card Scheme allows you to report suspected side effects from any type of medicine (which includes vaccines, herbals and over the counter medicines) that you are taking. It is run by the medicines safety watchdog called the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory agency (MHRA). Please report any suspected side effect on the Yellow Card Scheme website.

HYPROMELLOSE PRECAUTIONS

Before taking hypromellose, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other eye drops; or if you have any other allergies.

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: none listed

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially any of the following: soft contact lenses. These should be removed before medication is administered, and there should be a delay of at least 15 minutes before putting the contact lenses back in.

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.

Does alcohol intake affect this drug?

  • Alcohol intake is not known to affect hypromellose

The elderly: hypromellose can be used in the elderly.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding - please ensure you read the detailed information below

PREGNANCY

Hypromellose is suitable to take during pregnancy. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any doubts or questions about this.

It is sensible to limit use of medication during pregnancy whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.

BREAST FEEDING

Hypromellose is suitable to take if you are breastfeeding.

It is sensible to limit use of medication during breastfeeding whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.

HYPROMELLOSE INTERACTIONS

Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.

This drug should not be used with the following medications because very serious, possibly fatal interactions may occur: none known

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and non-prescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: none listed

This information does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using hypromellose, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use.

HYPROMELLOSE OVERDOSE

There are no known bad effects from taking too much hypromellose

MISSED DOSE

Use as required, take the next dose when you remember.

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