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Lacrisert Opht



This medication is an insert that is placed in your eye to treat dry eyes. It is usually used when an artificial tears solution is not successful. This medication may also be used to treat certain other eye disorders (keratitis, decreased corneal sensitivity). It works by keeping the eye moist, helping to protect the eye from injury and infection and to decrease symptoms of dry eyes such as burning, itching, and feeling as if something is in the eye.

 
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Uses
This medication is an insert that is placed in your eye to treat dry eyes. It is usually used when an artificial tears solution is not successful. This medication may also be used to treat certain other eye disorders (keratitis, decreased corneal sensitivity). It works by keeping the eye moist, helping to protect the eye from injury and infection and to decrease symptoms of dry eyes such as burning, itching, and feeling as if something is in the eye.
Notes
  • Do not share this medication with others.

Storage
  • Store at room temperature below 86 degrees F (30 degrees C) away from heat.
  • Keep all medicines away from children and pets.


How To Use
  • Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using this medication and each time you get a refill.
  • Learn all preparation and usage instructions.
  • If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.To apply this medication, wash your hands first.
  • To avoid contamination, do not touch the insert or let it touch any other surface besides the applicator.If you wear contact lenses, remove them before using this medication.
  • Ask your doctor when you may replace your contact lenses.Use the supplied applicator to place 1 insert into the eye, usually 1 to 2 times daily or as directed by your doctor.Rinse the applicator with hot running water after use.
  • Shake off any visible water droplets, and then replace the applicator in the storage container.Avoid rubbing your eyes when using this medication.
  • If the insert comes out, you may replace it with another one.Your doctor may direct you to also use an artificial tears solution or saline drops with this medication.
  • Use those medications exactly as prescribed.Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it.
  • To help you remember, use it at the same time(s) each day.It may take several weeks to see the full benefit of this medication.
  • Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or worsens.

Side Effects
  • Eye discomfort/irritation/redness, tearing, eye sensitivity to light, sticky eyelashes, or temporary blurred vision may occur.
  • If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.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.Remove the insert and tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: eye pain, persistent eye redness/irritation, swelling in or around the eyes, vision changes.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare.
  • However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Before using hydroxypropyl cellulose, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: eye surgery/injury/infection/disease.After you apply this drug, your vision may become temporarily blurred.
  • Use caution while driving, using machinery, or doing any other activity that requires clear vision.During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember.
  • If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
  • Do not double the dose to catch up.

Drug 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.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: other eye medications.

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