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Molecule Description

Hypromellose or ‘artificial tears’ are used to relieve symptoms in conditions that cause dryness of the eyes due to reduced tear flow.

Uses of Hypromellose

It is used to treat the dryness in the eyes because of lack of tears production.

Contraindications of Hypromellose

When should one not use Hypromellose

If you have an allergy to Hypromellose or any other ingredients of the medicine.

Side effects of Hypromellose

Common side effects of this drug are:

  • Blurry vision
  • Pain or irritation of the eyes
  • Redness or sensation of having a foreign body in the eyes

Precautions and Warnings of Hypromellose


Can I take Hypromellose during pregnancy?
Enough data is not available. But, Hypromellose does not react with other medicines or substances in the body and is not expected to cause any unwanted effects.

Breast Feeding

Can I take Hypromellose while breastfeeding?
Though there is no clinical evidence, Hypromellose will not harm the baby even if it is secreted in breast milk.


Can I drive if I have consumed Hypromellose?
This medicine may cause blurring of vision and it is recommended not to drive in the presence of any such symptoms.


Can I consume alcohol with Hypromellose?
It is not known, but alcohol is unlikely to interfere with the action of Hypromellose eye drops.

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
Inform the doctor if you develop or experience worsening of pain or irritation of the eyes, redness, headache or vision disturbances.

Mode of Action of Hypromellose

How Does It Work?

Dry eyes are due to conditions that decrease tear production. Hypromellose, which is a thickening coating and binding agent (bioadhesive), increases the duration of action of tears, to compensate for the low production. It prevents quick evaporation or breakdown of the produced tears.
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Interactions of Hypromellose

Interactions with other medicines

No known interactions. But, inform your doctor about all the medicines you are using (including prescription, non-prescription, herbal medicines, vitamins and diet supplements).

Interactions with food items

Hypromellose can be taken with or without meals.

Dosage of Hypromellose


Accidental overuse with Hypromellose may not be harmful. But, wash your eyes with warm water and consult a doctor in case of any irritation, redness or pain in the eyes or visual disturbances.

Missed a Dose

Use the missed dose as early as you remember. If it is time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not use a higher or a double dose of medicine to compensate for the missed dose, and take care not to take two doses close to each other.
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Content Details


Dr. Ritu Budania

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q: Is Hypromellose good for the eyes? Can it relieve my condition?

  • Hypromellose or Hydroxypropyl Methyl Cellulose (HPMC) thickening, coating or a binding agent is commonly used in manufacturing of medicines, as it can help in slow release of the active component of the medicine, increasing the duration of the effect of the medicine
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  • In dry or irritated eyes and artificial eyes, where tears are not produced in enough quantity due to certain diseases or medicines, Hypromellose lubricates and keeps the eyes moist for an extended period, protecting the layers of the eye from increased sensitivity to light and other vision problems
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  • Decreased tear production can result in red and painful eyes, damage to the inner structures of the eye and severe migraine-type headaches
  • Hypromellose is an ideal medicine for this kind of situation because of physical properties which closely resemble that of our natural tears. Its longer duration of action and less potential to irritate can effectively relieve your condition
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Q: Is there anything else I need to know before using Hypromellose?

  • You need to wash your hands thoroughly before you use the drops
  • Remove the cap from the bottle of the unit if you are using a single use
  • You should tilt your head back a little and pull the lower lid of your eye downwards
  • Hold the bottle upside down near your eye
  • Release one drop into your eye
  • Remove your soft contact lenses before using this medicine and wait for at least 15 minutes before you insert them again
  • Usually, one or two drops are used at one time, not more than three times per day
  • Do not touch the dropper to the eye
  • Although Hypromellose eye drops may be available without prescription, you are best advised to use it under medical supervision
  • Consult your doctor if the symptoms do not improve or get worse after 3 days
Last Updated on: 05 Oct 2020 | 10:47 PM (IST)

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