Hypromellose (Ophthalmic Gel)

Indications

Hypromellose enriched with Carbomer 980 is a long acting eye gel for lubricating the surface of the eye for all patients with ocular discomfort. The slight hypotonicity of the gel is rapidly "neutralised" by the slightly hypertonic tear fluid caused by dry eyes.

Description

Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose belongs to the group of medicines known as artificial tears. It is used to relieve dryness and irritation caused by reduced tear flow. It helps prevent damage to the eye in certain eye diseases. Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose may also be used to moisten hard contact lenses and artificial eyes. In addition, it may be used in certain eye examinations.

Dosage & Administration

Instill 1 or 2 drops in the conjunctival sac of the affected eye(s), as needed. The frequency of administration depends on the severity of the condition. On average, one drop is administered 1-3 times daily. If needed, Hypromellose may be administered more frequently.

Interaction

Hypromellose can be used in combination with contact lenses. No compatibility study with lens material is available.

Contraindications

Hypersensitivity to this drug or to any ingredient in the formulation or component of the container.

Side Effects

Hypromellose enriched with Carbomer 980 is very well tolerated by users. However, some cases of burning, stinging, allergic reactions or red eyes after instillation have been reported. Transient blurring of vision after administration has also been reported.

Pregnancy & Lactation

There is no experience regarding the safety of Hypromellose in human pregnancy or lactation. Studies in the pediatric population have not been performed.

Precautions & Warnings

If eye pains, changes in vision, continued redness or irritation of the eye are noticed Hypromellose must be discontinued and a doctor should be consulted. If Hypromellose changes color or becomes cloudy, the product should not be used.

Overdose Effects

No case of overdose has been reported.

Therapeutic Class

Drugs for Dry eyes

Storage Conditions

Store in a cool dry place, away from light. Keep out of reach of children. Do not touch tip of the tube surface since this may contaminate the gel. After one month of the opening do not use the medicine of tube.

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