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Artelac 3.2 mg/ml Eye Drops, Solution
PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER
Artelac® 3.2 mg/ml Eye Drops, Solution
The name of your medicine is Artelac 3.2 mg/ml Eye Drops, Solution and it is called Artelac in this leaflet.
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains important information for you.
Always use this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or as your doctor or pharmacist have told you.
What is in this leaflet
1. What Artelac is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use Artelac
3. How to use Artelac
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Artelac
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT ARTELAC IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Artelac contains the active ingredient hypromellose which acts as a lubricant to treat symptoms of dry eye. It is a soothing solution that is used as an artificial tear when the eyes are lacking in tears.
Your eyes will normally produce just enough natural tears to allow them to move easily and comfortably. If your eyes do not produce enough tears they can become dry, red and painful.
Your drops keep the surface of the eye lubricated (moist) when production of tears is less than normal, and has a refreshing, cooling action. The hypromellose in these drops increases the thickness of the solution which has a moisturising effect and helps the solution to stay in contact with your eye for a longer period of time.
Artelac can be used by children, adults and the elderly.
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU USE ARTELAC
Do NOT use Artelac
Warnings and precautions
Other medicines and Artelac
Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility
Driving and using machines
3. HOW TO USE ARTELAC
Always use your solution exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you to. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
This medicine is only to be used as drops applied into one or both eye(s).
The recommended dose is
The usual dose is to apply 1 drop in the corner of the eye, nearest the nose, 3 to 5 times each day or as required to give enough lubrication. Ensure the dropper tip does not touch any surface including the eye surface.
Dry eye is a condition that varies from person to person. Use the drops as often as you think necessary.
Directions for use
If you use more Artelac than you should
If you accidentally use a larger dose than recommended, this may cause some blurring of vision, which will soon pass.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
If you forget to take Artelac
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Artelac can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
In very rare cases, some patients with severe damage to the clear layer at the front of the eye (the cornea) have developed cloudy patches on the cornea due to calcium build-up during treatment.
You may briefly have blurred vision or a slight stinging feeling after using your drops.
Frequency cannot be estimated from the available data.
If any of the side effects get serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via:
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE ARTELAC
6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
What Artelac contains
What Artelac looks like and contents of the pack
These eye drops are a clear sterile solution and are supplied in plastic eye drop bottles. Each bottle has a volume of 10 ml.
Marketing Authorisation Holder
This leaflet was approved February 2019
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