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Carboxymethylcellulose

Information about Carboxymethylcellulose

Carboxymethylcellulose Uses

Carboxymethylcellulose is used in the treatment of dry eyes. It is used as a lubricant to relive irritation and discomfort due to dryness of the eyes or due to exposure of the eyes to wind or sun.

How Carboxymethylcellulose works

Carboxymethylcellulose is a lubricant. It works similar to natural tears and provides temporary relief from burning and discomfort due to dryness of the eye.

Common side effects of Carboxymethylcellulose

Eye redness, Burning eyes, Stinging in the eyes, Allergic reaction in eye
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Expert advice for Carboxymethylcellulose

  • Your doctor has prescribed Carboxymethylcellulose to treat dry eye disease.
  • It stabilizes the natural tear film and maintains necessary lubrication so your eyes don’t get dry and irritated.
  • May require long-term use.
  • Apply pressure on the corner of the eye (close to the nose) for about 1 minute immediately after instilling the drop.
  • Wait for at least 5-10 minutes before delivering the next medication in the same eye to avoid dilution of this medicine.
  • Stinging sensation may occur for 1-2 minutes. Notify your doctor if it persists for longer.
  • Make sure to use within 4 weeks of opening the bottle.

Frequently asked questions for Carboxymethylcellulose

Carboxymethylcellulose

Q. What is Carboxymethylcellulose used for?

Carboxymethylcellulose is an artificial substitute for tears. It is used as a lubricant for dry eyes. It is also used for the temporary relief of burning, irritation and/or discomfort due to dryness of eyes. Moreover, it is used to lubricate and re-wet soft and rigid gas permeable contact lenses. It is also indicated to relieve dryness, irritation and discomfort that may be associated with lens wear.

Q. What are the side effects of Carboxymethylcellulose?

You may experience visual disturbances and eye discharge while using this medicine. Some other side effects of this medicine include redness of the eye, eye irritation, burning and discomfort, eyelid swelling and itching of the eye. If any of these side effects bother you, please consult your doctor.

Q. How should Carboxymethylcellulose be stored?

Store at or below 25°C and out of the reach of children. Do not touch the tip of the container to any surface or eye(s). Replace the cap after every use. Remember not to use the eye drops after the expiry date or after 30 days of opening it.

Q. How should Carboxymethylcellulose be used?

If you are using it for dry eyes, instil 1 or 2 drops in the affected eye(s) as needed. If you are using it to lubricate soft and rigid gas-permeable lenses, apply 1 to 2 drops to each eye with the lenses on as needed or as directed by your doctor. Blink several times after pouring the drops. Consult your doctor if not sure.

Q. Is Carboxymethylcellulose bad?

No, Carboxymethylcellulose is a safe medicine. It is meant for external use only and is not harmful. However, in some patients, Carboxymethylcellulose may cause eye irritation (burning and discomfort), eye pain, itchy eyes and visual disturbance. Immediately contact your doctor if any of these effects perists.

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