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Artelac 0.32% w/v Eye Drops Single Dose Unit
Hypromellose, 0.32% w/v
For full list of excipients, see 6.1.
Eye drops, solution in single-dose container.
Sterile clear solution
This medicinal product acts as a lubricant and artificial tear in the symptomatic treatment of dehydration of the cornea and conjunctiva due to impaired lacrimal secretion and functional disorders as a result of topical or systemic diseases, or caused by deficient or incomplete eyelid closure.
Artelac 0.32% w/v Eye Drops Single Dose Unit is indicated in adults and children.
Suitable for use in adults and children.
Unless otherwise directed, instill 1 drop into the conjunctival sac (corner of the eye, nearest the nose) 3 to 5 times per day or as required, to provide sufficient lubrication.
Therapy of dry eye syndrome requires an individual dosage regimen.
Leave an interval of at least 5 minutes before instilling another ophthalmic medication
Method of administration
For ocular use only
Hypersensitivity to the active substance (hypromellose) or to any of the excipients listed in section 6.1.
Stop treatment and consult a physician if irritation persists or worsens or new eye signs or symptoms develop. Wearers of soft contact lenses should remove their lenses before Artelac 0.32% w/v Eye Drops Single Dose Unit is administered and should wait for at least 15 minutes before they insert them again.
Artelac 0.32% w/v Eye Drops Single Dose Unit can be used during pregnancy
Artelac 0.32% w/v Eye Drops Single Dose Unit can be used in lactation.
Artelac 0.32% w/v Eye Drops Single Dose Unit is not expected to have any effect on fertility.
Artelac 0.32% w/v Eye Drops Single Dose Unit on instillation may cause a short term blurring of vision when first used. If affected wait until vision has cleared before driving or operating machinery.
The following adverse reactions have been reported following administration of Artelac 0.32% w/v Eye Drops Single Dose Unit.
Very rare (<1/10,000):
Cases of corneal calcification have been reported very rarely in association with the use of phosphate containing eye drops in some patients with significantly damaged corneas.
Brief blurred vision or a slight stinging sensation on instilling Artelac 0.32% w/v Eye Drops Single Dose Unit.
Reporting of suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via Yellow Card Scheme Website: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
No case of overdose has been reported.
Ophthalmologicals: other ophthalmologicals
ATC code: S01X A20Hypromellose prolongs adhesion, enhances moistening of the cornea and conjunctiva and allows for a smoother movement of the conjunctiva over the cornea.
Hypromellose does not permeate the cornea or reach the systemic circulation via the ophthalmic vessels.
There is no preclinical data of relevance to the prescriber.
Disodium phosphate dodecahydrate
Sodium dihydrogen phosphate dihydrate
0.5 ml single dose unit, composed of LDPE.
30, 60 and 120 single dose units
Avoid contamination during use. Artelac SDU eye drops are sterile until first opened.
For single use only. Each carton contains a patient insert with instructions for use.
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