Artificial tear insert


Generic Name: artificial tear
Brand Name: Lacrisert

Artificial tear insert is used for:

Treating moderate to severe dry eye conditions, especially in patients who do not respond to other medicines. It is also used to treat other eye conditions, including corneal inflammation exposure, decreased corneal sensitivity, and repeated corneal exposures.

Artificial tear insert is an eye lubricant. It works by providing tear-like lubrication for relief of dry eyes and eye irritation.

Do NOT use artificial tear insert if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in artificial tear insert

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using artificial tear insert:

Some medical conditions may interact with artificial tear insert. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with artificial tear insert. Because little, if any, of artificial tear insert is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if artificial tear insert may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use artificial tear insert:

Use artificial tear insert as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Before leaving the doctor's office, you should practice inserting and removing artificial tear insert until you are able to do it correctly.
  • Do not rub your eyes while the insert is in place.
  • If the insert is dislodged or expelled, it may be removed and another insert put into place.
  • If you miss a dose of artificial tear insert, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use artificial tear insert.

Important safety information:

  • Artificial tear insert may cause blurred vision. Use artificial tear insert with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • It may take several weeks for artificial tear insert to fully work.
  • If artificial tear insert causes a worsening of symptoms, inspect your eye to make sure this insert is in its proper location. If symptoms persist, remove the insert and contact your doctor.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using artificial tear insert while you are pregnant. It is not known if artificial tear insert is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use artificial tear insert, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of artificial tear insert:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Blurred vision.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); changes in vision; eye pain; irritation; redness; worsening of your condition.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of artificial tear insert:

Store artificial tear insert at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep artificial tear insert out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about artificial tear insert, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Artificial tear insert is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take artificial tear insert or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about artificial tear insert. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to artificial tear insert. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using artificial tear insert.

Issue Date: April 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.2.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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