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CARMELLOSE SODIUM

Brand Name(s) : Celluvisc
Warnings
Uses
Side Effects
Precautions
Interactions
Overdose

CARMELLOSE SODIUM WARNINGS

Carmellose should be used with caution by:

  • People using other eye drops (leave at least 15 minutes between using carmellose and other eye drops)

It should not be used by:

  • People with an allergy (hypersensitivity) to carmellose or any of the other ingredients

Also see list of precautions and interactions

STORAGE

Do not store carmellose above 25°C.

CARMELLOSE SODIUM USES

What is it used for?

  • Carmellose is used to relieve the symptoms of dry eye, such as soreness, burning, irritation or dryness.
  • It is a type of eye lubricant.
  • It is used to create artificial tears by forming a film across the surface of the eye that moistens and lubricates the eye.
  • In general this drug is used as artificial tears in dry eye conditions .

Benefits of being on this drug can include:

  • Relief of the symptoms of dry eye

Listed below are the typical uses of carmellose:

  • Treatment of the symptoms of dry eye

On occasion your doctor may prescribe this medicine to treat a condition not on the above list. Such conditions are listed below.

  • None known

HOW TO USE/TAKE

How often do I take it?

  • Use carmellose eye drops exactly as your doctor has told you. They can be used as often as needed.
  • Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it.
  • 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?

  • Carmellose may cause blurred vision for a short time after use. If this happens, do not drive or operate machinery until the effect has gone away. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

When can I stop?

  • Always complete the full course as prescribed by your doctor .

CARMELLOSE SODIUM SIDE EFFECTS

  • Eye irritation
  • Burning or stinging sensation in the eye
  • Blurring of vision
  • Increase in tear production to give watery eyes
  • Eye pain

If any of these persist or you consider them severe then inform your doctor or pharmacist.

Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any of the following symptoms:

  • None known

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.

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.

CARMELLOSE SODIUM PRECAUTIONS

Before taking carmellose, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it, or to other eye lubricants; 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 in case of:

  • Allergy (hypersensitivity) to carmellose or any of the other ingredients

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially any of the following:

  • If you use other eye drops (leave at least 15 minutes between using carmellose and other eye drops)

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

Does alcohol intake affect this drug?

  • Alcohol is not known to affect this drug

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

PREGNANCY

Carmellose 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

Carmellose 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.

CARMELLOSE SODIUM INTERACTIONS

Before using this medicine, tell your prescriber of all the medicines you are taking including prescription medicines and medicines you have bought over the counter without a prescription. Tell your prescriber if you are taking vitamins or complementary remedies such as herbal products, as these can also interact with medicines.

There are no known significant interactions between carmellose and other medicines. If you experience any unusual symptoms while using this medicine with other medicines, tell your prescriber.

If you have a question or want to discuss anything about your medicine, speak to your local pharmacist.

CARMELLOSE SODIUM OVERDOSE

Whilst the effects of overdose with carmellose have not been reported, taking too much carmellose is unlikely to be harmful.

If you think you, or someone you care for, might have accidentally taken more than the recommended dose of carmellose or intentional overdose is suspected, contact your local hospital, GP or if in England call 111. In Scotland call NHS 24. In Wales, call NHS Direct Wales. In the case of medical emergencies, always dial 999.

MISSED DOSE

Carmellose can be used as often as required.

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