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Carboxymethylcellulose / Carmellose

    Uses
    Contraindications
    Side effects
    Precautions and Warnings
    Mode of Action
    Interactions
    References
uses

Uses of Carboxymethylcellulose / Carmellose

Carboxymethylcellulose is used for the temporary relief of burning, irritation and discomfort due to the dryness of the eye.
contraindications

Contraindications of Carboxymethylcellulose / Carmellose

When should one not use Carboxymethylcellulose / Carmellose

If you are hypersensitive to carboxymethylcellulose.
sideEffects

Side effects of Carboxymethylcellulose / Carmellose

Common side effects of this drug are:

  • Redness
  • Irritation
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Eye pain
  • Eye discharge
  • Visual disturbances
precautionsAndWarnings

Precautions and Warnings of Carboxymethylcellulose / Carmellose

pregnancy

Pregnancy

Q:
Can I use it during pregnancy?
A:
Limited safety information is available on the use of Carboxymethylcellulose containing eyes drops/gels in pregnancy.
breastfeeding

Breast Feeding

Q:
Can I use the Carboxymethylcellulose containing eyes drops/gels while breastfeeding?
A:
Carboxymethylcellulose containing eyes drops/gels can be used while breastfeeding if prescribed by the doctor as this is meant for external application and chances of its absorption are negligible.
driving

Driving

Q:
Can I drive if I have used the carboxymethylcellulose containing eyes drops/gels?
A:
You may experience visual disturbances like a blurred vision after instilling eye drops or application the gel. Therefore, you should avoid driving if you do not feel well or are unable to be alert.
alcohol

Alcohol

Q:
Can I consume alcohol if I have applied/instilled carboxymethylcellulose containing products?
A:
There is no information available on the interaction of Carboxymethylcellulose containing eyes drops/gels with alcohol.
otherGeneralWarnings

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
  • You experience irritation, pain, redness of the eye and changes in vision occur or your condition worsens, you may need to discontinue the treatment.
  • Contact lenses should be removed before each application and may be inserted after 15 minutes.
  • Concomitant eye medication should be administered 15 minutes before application of carboxymethylcellulose containing eyes drops/gels.
  • If you accidentally ingest or swallow this medicine, contact your doctor or visit the hospital immediately.
modeOfAction

Mode of Action of Carboxymethylcellulose / Carmellose

How Does It Work?

Our eyes continuously produce teras and store them in a sac-like structure in the eyes. When there is a decrease in the production of tears, it leads to drying of eyes which causes further irritation,...
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interactions

Interactions of Carboxymethylcellulose / Carmellose

Interactions with other medicines

  • Tell your doctor about any other medicine, supplement or OTC products you are taking.
  • Keep a minimum gap of 15 minutes between the application of any other medicines which needs to be applied in the eyes after the application of products containing carboxymethylcellulose.

Content Details

WRITTEN BY
doctor

Dr. Mansi Savla

B.Pharm, PharmD

REVIEWED BY
doctor

Dr. Ritu Budania

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)

Last Updated on: 19 Nov 2021 | 03:43 PM (IST)

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