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Lacrisert Ophthalmic is a medication used to treat moderate to severe dry eyes. It is indicated for use in patients with moderate to severe dry eye syndromes, including keratoconjunctivitis sicca. It is an insert placed in the eye made of hydroxypropyl cellulose that dissolves slowly throughout the day and lubricates the eye.
Use and Dosage
Use Lacrisert Ophthalmic Insert regularly at the same time(s) each day to get the most benefit from it. One ophthalmic insert in each eye once daily is usually sufficient to relieve the symptoms associated with moderate to severe dry eyes.
To apply the Lacrisert Ophthalmic Insert pellet, start by washing your hands first. To prevent contamination, make sure you do not touch the insert or any other surface besides the applicator. It is recommended that you remove your contact lenses before using the medication. Your doctor will advise when it is safe to replace them. Afterwards, use the supplied applicator to place one insert into the affected eye(s), generally 1-2 times daily or as instructed by your doctor. When you are finished, rinse the applicator with hot running water and ensure that no water droplets remain before placing it back in the storage container. Remember to avoid rubbing your eyes when using the medication.
If the insert falls out, you can replace it with another one. Your doctor may use an artificial tears solution or saline drops in addition to the medication. Use these medications exactly as prescribed. To ensure that you get the most benefit from Lacrisert Ophthalmic Insert, be sure to use it regularly at the same time(s) each day.
Common Side Effects of Lacrisert Opthalmic Insert (Hydroxypropyl Cellulose):
- Blurry vision
- Eye discomfort or irritation
- Red eyes
- Eyelash matting or stickiness
- Eyelid swelling
- Light sensitivity
- Allergic reactions
Serious Side Effects of Lacrisert Opthalmic Insert (Hydroxypropyl Cellulose):
- Blurred vision
- Eye redness, discomfort, or other irritation not present before use of this medicine
- Increased sensitivity of eyes to light
- Matting or stickiness of eyelashes
- Swelling of eyelids
- Watering of eyes
Forms and Strength
Lacrisert Opthalmic Insert (Hydroxypropyl Cellulose) is available in the following forms and strength:
Lacrisert Opthalmic Insert: Pellet
- 5 mg
- Transient blurred vision common after insertion. Caution when operating hazardous machinery or driving.
- Instructions for inserting and removing the insert should be followed carefully.
- Not all possible drug interactions with Lacrisert may be listed in the available information.
- The insert may cause discomfort, itching, or irritation in some patients.
- Patients with certain eye conditions, such as ocular surface disease or severe corneal disease, may experience decreased effectiveness or increased risk of adverse effects.
- Patients should avoid touching the insert with their fingers or other objects as this may damage the insert and cause additional irritation.
- Lacrisert may interact with certain medications, including carbachol, pilocarpine, and echothiophate iodide.
- Patients who wear contact lenses should remove them before using Lacrisert and wait at least 15 minutes before reinserting them.
- Lacrisert is not recommended for use in children under 18 years of age.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How do you use Lacrisert?
Lacrisert is a small, rod-shaped insert that is placed in the lower eyelid once a day. The insert slowly dissolves over time, releasing a lubricating substance that helps to keep the eyes moist.
How long does Lacrisert last?
Lacrisert is designed to last for up to 24 hours, so it only needs to be inserted once a day. In some cases, a healthcare professional may recommend more frequent use of the insert based on the severity of the patient's symptoms.
Can Lacrisert be used with contact lenses?
Patients who wear contact lenses should remove them before using Lacrisert and wait at least 15 minutes before reinserting them. This allows the insert to dissolve properly and helps to prevent any interaction between Lacrisert and the contact lenses.
It's important to purchase Lacrisert Opthalmic Insert from verified Canadian pharmacy.