carboxymethylcellulose ophthalmic (OTC)

Brand and Other Names:TheraTears Nighttime Dry Eye Therapy, Refresh Optive Gel Drops
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Dosing & Uses

AdultPediatric

Dosage Forms & Strengths

ophthalmic gel drops

  • 1% single-unit containers (TheraTears Nighttime Dry Eye Therapy)
  • 1% 10mL bottle; other ingredient: glycerin 0.9% (Refresh Optive Gel Drops)

Dry Eyes

Instill 1-2 gtt in affected eye(s) prn

Indications

  • Lubricant to relieve dry eyes
  • Protectant against further eye irritation
  • Temporary relief of burning, irritation and discomfort including exposure to wind or sun

Safety and efficacy not established

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Adverse Effects

None listed on manufacturer's labeling

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Warnings

Contraindications

Hypersensitivity to ingredients

Cautions

For topical ophthalmic use only

Reuse of single-use product may lead to ophthalmic inflammation and/or discomfort, based on potential contamination during handling

Discontinue and contact physician if pain, changes in vision, continued redness or irritation of the eye, or if the condition worsens or persists for >72 hr

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Pregnancy & Lactation

Pregnancy

No information; unlikely to be absorbed systemically

Lactation

Unknown if distributed in human breast milk; unlikely to be absorbed systemically

Pregnancy Categories

A: Generally acceptable. Controlled studies in pregnant women show no evidence of fetal risk.

B: May be acceptable. Either animal studies show no risk but human studies not available or animal studies showed minor risks and human studies done and showed no risk.

C: Use with caution if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies not available or neither animal nor human studies done.

D: Use in LIFE-THREATENING emergencies when no safer drug available. Positive evidence of human fetal risk.

X: Do not use in pregnancy. Risks involved outweigh potential benefits. Safer alternatives exist.

NA: Information not available.

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Pharmacology

Mechanism of Action

Ophthalmic lubricant

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Administration

Ophthalmic Administration

Do not touch tip to eye (avoid touch contamination)

Do no use if gel changes color or becomes cloudy

TheraTears Nighttime Dry Eye Therapy

  • To open, twist tab completely off
  • For single-use only; contains no preservatives
  • Do not reuse; once open, discard
  • Use individual vials within 90 days of opening foil pouch
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