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    Information about Carboxymethylcellulose

    Carboxymethylcellulose uses

    Carboxymethylcellulose is used in the treatment of dry eye disease
    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 an artificial tear and moistens the surface of the eye (including artificial eyes) in the same way as natural tears.

    Common side effects of carboxymethylcellulose

    Allergic reaction, Blurred vision, Eye discharge, Eye irritation, Eye itching, Eye pain, Foreign body sensation in eyes, Increased production of tears, Eye redness, Visual impairment

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    Expert advice for Carboxymethylcellulose

    • Do consult your doctor immediately: If you develop eye pain, If you develop headache, If your vision changes, If redness or irritation in the eye persists or worsens.
    • Eye drops of other medications should be administered 15 min before using carboxymethylcellulose eye drops.
    • Remove your contact lenses before use of carboxymethylcellulose eye drops and wait for at least 15 min before you insert them again. 
    • Carboxymethylcellulose eye drops are intended to be used for the eyes only. 
    • Do not touch the eyelids or surrounding areas with the dropper tip of the eye drop bottle, to avoid contamination.
    • Do not use the eye drop if it changes color or becomes cloudy, In case of single-use container, ensure that the container is intact and use immediately after opening you may experience brief blurring of vision immediately upon use of carboxymethylcellulose eye drops. Wait until vision has cleared before driving or operating machinery.
    • Do consult your doctor before using carboxymethylcellulose if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or  breastfeeding.

    Frequently asked questions for Carboxymethylcellulose


    Q. What is Carboxymethylcellulose?

    Carboxymethylcellulose belongs to a class of medicines called eye lubricants or artificial tears. It is used in the treatment of dry eye symptoms such as soreness, burning, irritation and discomfort.

    Q. Is Carboxymethylcellulose safe?

    Yes. Carboxymethylcellulose is safe when used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.

    Content on this page was last updated on 31 October, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)