Lacrisert

1 What is Lacrisert?

Brand: Lacrisert

Generic: Hydroxypropyl Cellulose (Ophthalmic Route)

Lacrisert belongs to a group of drugs called artificial tears. This agent id applied in the eye for the relief of irritation and dryness, which is caused by certain ophthalmic disorders due to reduced tear flow.

This medicine is available only through a doctor's prescription.

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Device

2 What to know before using

Before using Lacrisert, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it.

The advantages of a drug should always be weighed against its associated risks. Your doctor will consider these risks before prescribing the drug and will inform you about them. Following factors should be considered before taking this drug:

Allergies:

If you have had an allergic reaction to this drug in the past, inform your doctor. You should also tell your healthcare provider if you are allergic to any other drugs or food products.

Age specific problems:

The data regarding the effects of this medicine specific to the pediatric age group is not yet available. Its safety and efficacy has not been established in children.

The studies specific to the geriatric age group have not been carried out, therefore its safety and efficacy have not been established in older age group. However geriatric population is more prone to having kidney, liver and heart problems.

Drug Interactions:

Certain drugs should not be used together because they can interact inside the body which can have a harmful effect. On the other hand certain drugs are allowed to be used together. So, you should tell your doctor about any other medications you are taking. If there is a chance of interaction between those two drugs, the doctor may change the dose or may prescribe an alternative drug.

Furthermore, certain medications should not be taken with alcohol or tobacco, which may also result in harmful interactions. Ask your doctor about the concurrent use of this drug along with alcohol or tobacco.
You should also inform your doctor about any other medical condition you may be suffering from.

3 Proper usage

To use Lacrisert properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor.

You should know how to use and insert an eye system properly. If you accidently drop an eye system, do not insert it back because it may be contaminated. Insert another eye system.

This drug should be used exactly as prescribed by your doctor in order to avoid adverse effects. Do not overuse or misuse this drug and do not use it longer than the recommended time. This medicine comes with an instruction leaflet. Read all the instructions mentioned in the medication guide.

Do not miss any dose. The dose of this drug varies according to the condition of each person. The number of doses per day, the time interval between the doses and the length of time you have to take the medicine depends on your condition individually and all these factors should only be determined by your healthcare provider.

Follow each and every instruction of your doctor and also read the label carefully.

In case you miss one dose of this drug, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your subsequent dose, you can then skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

Storage:

This medicine should be stored at room temperature within a closed container, away from heat, direct light and moisture. Keep this drug out of the reach of children. Do not store expired or outdated medicines or the medicine no longer needed.

4 Precautions to take

Before using Lacrisert, there are some precautions you must take.

This drug can cause blurred vision for some time after the application. Avoid driving and other sensitive task during that period. It can also make your eyes more sensitive to light.

Contact your doctor if your symptoms have not improved even after taking the full course of treatment.

Avoid applying any other medicine in the eyes unless thoroughly discussed with your doctor. Always ask your doctor before using any prescription, non-prescription or herbal medicine.

5 Potential side effects

Make sure you meet with your doctor in using Lacrisert to avoid unwanted potential side effects.

Every medicine has a propensity to cause unwanted effects along with its desired effects. Although these side effects may occur only in a handful of patients but if they do occur, contact your physician immediately.

  • It can cause blurred vision and photosensitivity etc.

Seek medical help instantly, if you experience any of these symptoms while on this drug.

Also contact your healthcare professional immediately, if have overdosed on this drug.

If any of these side effects becomes more bothersome or does not go away, contact your doctor.

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