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Last Updated 27 Mar 2013

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Carmellose 0.5% eye drops 0.4ml unit dose

Carmellose sodium (car-mell-owse so-dee-um) is a medicine which is used in relieving dry eyes.

The information in this Medicine Guide for Carmellose sodium varies according to the condition being treated and the particular preparation used.

There are 2 preparations of Carmellose sodium available. If Carmellose 0.5% eye drops 0.4ml unit dose is not the preparation you are looking for, please select from the drop down list below.

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Carmellose 0.5% eye drops 0.4ml unit dose

Information specific to Carmellose 0.5% eye drops 0.4ml unit dose when used in relieving dry eyes

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Your medicine

Carmellose sodium eye drops help to lubricate the eye and relieve the symptoms of dry eyes.

Other information about Carmellose sodium:

  • if you wear contact lenses you should check with your prescriber if you can use this medicine while wearing contact lenses
  • if you are using other eye medicines do not use one immediately after each other. This is to stop the second medicine from washing the first medicine out of the eye. You should find out from your prescriber how long you need to wait before using the second medicine

Most medicines are only available on prescription, but some medicines can be bought without a prescription. The information about this medicine in this guide is presented as if this medicine has been prescribed for you. If you have bought your medicine without a prescription you may find that the information in this Medicine Guide is different to the information that comes with the non-prescription medicine. If you get this medicine without a prescription you should follow the instructions that come with it. If you have any questions about using non-prescription medicines you should always seek advice from your pharmacist or doctor.

If you got this medicine on prescription it will have a pharmacy label. The pharmacy label on your medicine tells you how much medicine you should take. It also tells you how often to take your medicine. This is the dose that you and your prescriber have agreed you should take.

If you feel that the medicine is making you unwell or you do not think it is working, then talk to your prescriber or someone involved in your medical care.

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When to take your medicine

Some medicines work best if they are taken at a specific time of day. Getting the most from your medicine can also be affected by the times at which you take other medicines.

Specific information on when to use Carmellose sodium can be found in the Patient Information Leaflet that comes with this medicine. Alternatively, you can request information about when to take your medicine from your doctor or pharmacist.

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How to take your medicine

Some medicines have specific instructions about how to take them. This is because they work better when taken correctly. These instructions can include getting the right dose and special instructions for preparing the medicine.

Specific information on how to use Carmellose sodium can be found in the Patient Information Leaflet that comes with this medicine or on the medicine label. Alternatively, you can request information about how to take your medicine from your doctor or pharmacist.

If you are having problems taking this form of Carmellose sodium, you should talk to your prescriber or pharmacist. They may be able to give you advice on other ways to take your medicine or other preparations that are easier for you to take.

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Taking too much of your medicine

Taking extra doses of some medicines can be harmful. In some cases even one extra dose can cause you problems. If you take extra doses of your medicine, you must get medical advice immediately. This is because the effects of taking too much medicine are very complex so it is very important that you seek medical advice.

Contact your prescriber, pharmacist, specialist clinic or NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 for advice.

Make sure you take all of your medicine containers with you if you are advised to go to hospital.

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Stopping your medicine

If you are not having any problems with this medicine, you may keep using it until you no longer need it or your prescriber advises you to stop using it.

If you are in any doubt, contact your prescriber, pharmacist, specialist clinic or NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.

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Looking after your medicine

The instructions on how you should keep your medicine are on the pharmacy label. It is a good idea to keep your medicine in the original container. This will help to keep your medicine in the best condition and also allow you to check the instructions. Do not take the medicine if the packaging appears to have been tampered with or if the medicine shows any signs of damage. Make sure that the medicine is out of the sight and reach of children.

Specific information on how to look after Carmellose sodium can be found in the Patient Information Leaflet that comes with this medicine or on the medicine label. Alternatively, you can request information about how to look after your medicine from your doctor or pharmacist.

You must not take the medicine after the expiry date shown on the packaging. If you have any unused medicine, return it to your pharmacist who will dispose of it safely.

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Whether this medicine is suitable for you

Carmellose sodium is not suitable for everyone and some people should never use it. Other people should only use it with special care. It is important that the person prescribing this medicine knows your full medical history.

Your prescriber may only prescribe this medicine with special care or may not prescribe it at all if you:

Over time it is possible that Carmellose sodium can become unsuitable for some people, or they may become unsuitable for it. If at any time it appears that Carmellose sodium has become unsuitable, it is important that the prescriber is contacted immediately.

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Side-effects

A medicine is only made available to the public if the clinical trials have shown that the benefits of taking the medicine outweigh the risks.

Once a medicine has been licensed, information on the medicine's effects, both intended and unintended, is continuously recorded and updated.

Some side-effects may be serious while others may only be a mild inconvenience.

Everyone's reaction to a medicine is different. It is difficult to predict which side-effects you will have from taking a particular medicine, or whether you will have any side-effects at all. The important thing is to tell your prescriber or pharmacist if you are having problems with your medicine.

Common: More than 1 in 100 people who use Carmellose sodium:

  • eye irritation, pain, redness or changes in vision - seek medical advice if these symptoms occur or worsen

The frequency of these side-effects is unknown:

  • blurred vision
  • burning sensation

If you feel unwell or if you have concerns about a side-effect, you will need to seek advice. If you feel very ill, get medical help straight away. Contact your prescriber, pharmacist, nurse or call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.

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Taking other medicines

There are no known important interactions between Carmellose sodium and other medicines. If you experience any unusual symptoms while using Carmellose sodium and other medicines you should tell your prescriber.

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Complementary preparations and vitamins

Medicines can interact with complementary preparations and vitamins. In general, there is not much information available about interactions between medicines and complementary preparations or vitamins.

If you are planning to take or are already taking any complementary preparations and vitamins you should ask your prescriber whether there are any known interactions with Carmellose sodium.

Your prescriber can advise whether it is appropriate for you to take combinations that are known to interact. They can also discuss with you the possible effect that the complementary preparations and vitamins may have on your condition.

If you experience any unusual effects while taking this medicine in combination with complementary preparations and vitamins, you should tell your prescriber.

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Driving and operating machinery

When taking any medicine you should be aware that it might interfere with your ability to drive or operate machinery safely.

In the case of Carmellose sodium:

  • after putting Carmellose sodium into your eye you may have blurred vision for a short time

You must not drive or operate machinery unless your vision has returned to normal after using Carmellose sodium.

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Diet

Medicines can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your prescriber may advise you to avoid certain foods.

In the case of Carmellose sodium:

  • there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when using Carmellose sodium
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Alcohol

Alcohol can interact with certain medicines.

In the case of Carmellose sodium:

  • there are no known interactions between alcohol and Carmellose sodium
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Family planning and pregnancy

Most medicines, in some way, can affect the development of a baby in the womb. The effect on the baby differs between medicines and also depends on the stage of pregnancy that you have reached when you take the medicine.

In the case of Carmellose sodium:

  • this medicine can be used during pregnancy

If you are taking this medicine and become pregnant, make sure that everyone involved in your medical care knows that you are pregnant and are taking Carmellose sodium.

It is believed that this medicine is appropriate for someone who is pregnant, but if you feel unwell or your circumstances change, you should talk to your prescriber.

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Breast-feeding

Certain medicines can pass into breast milk and may reach your baby through breast-feeding.

In the case of Carmellose sodium:

  • this medicine may be used by women who are breast-feeding

Women who are planning to breast-feed while having Carmellose sodium must inform their doctor or midwife.

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Ingredients of your medicine

Medicines contain active ingredients. They may also contain other, additional ingredients that help ensure the stability, safety and effectiveness of the medicine. They are also added to improve the medicine's appearance and to make it easier to use. Some may be used to prolong the life of the medicine.

This medicine contains carmellose sodium.

We are unable to list all of the ingredients for your medicine here. For a full list, you should refer to the patient information leaflet that comes with this medicine. You should check that you are able to take the ingredients of your medicine, especially if you have any allergies. You should also check whether any of these ingredients are known to have side-effects.

If you are not able to take any of the ingredients in your medicine, talk to your prescriber or pharmacist to see if they can suggest an alternative medicine. If you have reacted badly to Carmellose sodium before, do not take Carmellose sodium. Talk to your prescriber, pharmacist or nurse as soon as possible.

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Carmellose sodium, Version 5, last updated 27 Mar 2013