TEARS NATURALE

Active substance: HYPROMELLOSE

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Package Leaflet - Information for the User
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TEARS NATURALE

eye drops, solution

Dextran 70 and Hypromellose
Read all of this leaflet carefully because it contains important information for you.
This medicine is available without a prescription. However, you still need to use
TEARS NATURALE carefully to get the best results from it.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice.
• You must contact a doctor if your symptoms worsen or do not improve after 3 days.
• 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.

IN THIS LEAFLET
1. What TEARS NATURALE is and
what it is used for
2. Before you use TEARS NATURALE
3. How to use TEARS NATURALE

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5. How to store TEARS NATURALE
6. Further information

WHAT TEARS NATURALE® IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR

TEARS NATURALE is a slightly viscous
solution that acts as an artificial tear.
It is used to treat dry eyes caused by a lack
of tears in the eye(s).

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4. Possible side effects

Replacement of the missing natural tears
with an artificial tear helps to soothe and
lubricate your eyes and provide relief from
irritation.

BEFORE YOU USE TEARS NATURALE®

Do not use TEARS NATURALE ...
• If you are allergic to dextran 70,
hypromellose or any of the other
ingredients listed in section 6
If any of these apply, ask your doctor for advice.

Driving and using machines
You may experience blurred vision after using
TEARS NATURALE. Do not drive or use any
machines unless your vision is clear.

Using other medicines

Only use TEARS NATURALE in your eye(s).

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are
taking or have recently taken any other
medicines, including medicines obtained
without a prescription.

This medicine is available without a
prescription. However, you still need to use
TEARS NATURALE carefully to get the best
results from it.

If you are using more than one type of eye
medicine, the medicines must be used at least
5 minutes apart. Eye ointments should be used
last.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

Important information if you wear
Contact Lenses

Take special care ...

If you are pregnant or might get pregnant, or if
you are breast-feeding a baby, talk to your
doctor before you use TEARS NATUARALE.
TEARS NATURALE can be used during
pregnancy or breast-feeding.

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Do not use the drops while wearing contact
lenses. Wait at least 15 minutes after use
before putting your lenses back in. There is a
preservative in TEARS NATURALE (benzalkonium
chloride) that can discolour soft contact lenses.

HOW TO USE TEARS NATURALE®

The usual dose
The usual dose is 1 or 2 drops in your eye(s)
as often as you require to relieve the irritation.
If you experience eye pain, headaches,
changes in vision, persistent redness or irritation
of your eyes, or if your condition worsens or
does not improve within 3 days, stop using
TEARS NATURALE and consult a doctor.

Remove the loose collar from the cap
when the bottle is first opened.
Always use TEARS NATURALE exactly as
recommended. You should check with your
doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

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HOW TO USE TEARS NATURALE® (continued)

How to use
• Wash your hands before
you start.
• Twist off the bottle cap.
• Hold the bottle pointing
down, between your
thumb and fingers.
• Tilt your head back.
• Pull down your lower eyelid
with a finger, until there is a
'pocket' between the eyelid
and your eye. The drop will
go in here (picture 1).

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• If a drop misses your eye, try again.
• If you use more TEARS NATURALE
than you should do not worry as it will
not cause you any harm. If necessary
TEARS NATURALE can be washed out of
your eye with warm water.
• If you swallow TEARS NATURALE do not
worry, it will not harm you.

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• Bring the bottle tip close to the eye.
Do this in front of a mirror if it helps.
• Do not touch your eye or eyelid,
surrounding areas or other surfaces with
the dropper. It could infect the drops.
• Gently press on the base of the bottle to
release one drop at a time (picture 2).
• Do not squeeze the bottle, only a gentle
press on the bottom is needed.
• If you use drops in both eyes, repeat the
steps for your other eye. Put the bottle cap
firmly back on immediately after use.

If you have any further questions on the
use of TEARS NATURALE, ask your doctor or
pharmacist.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS

Like all medicines, TEARS NATURALE can
cause side effects, although not everybody
gets them.

Not known (cannot be estimated from the
available data) : pain, swelling, discharge, eyelid
redness or crusting, increased tear production

• You may experience some or all of the
following effects in you eye(s) :

• You may also experience effects in
other areas of your body including :

Very common (affects more than 1 user in 10) :
blurred vision

Uncommon : headache, discomfort (skin)

Common (affect 1 to 10 users in 100) :
dryness, discomfort, abnormal sensation,
feeling of something in the eye, eyelid problem
Uncommon (affect 1 to 10 users in 1,000) :
sensitivity to light, decreased sensation, itching,
irritation, redness

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If any of the side effects gets serious, or if
you notice any side effects not listed in this
leaflet, tell your doctor or pharmacist

HOW TO STORE TEARS NATURALE®

Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not refrigerate or store above 25° C.
Keep the bottle tightly closed.
Do not use the drops after the expiry date
(marked 'Exp') on the bottle and the carton.
The expiry date refers to the last day of that
month.

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Not known : hypersensitivity

• Stop using the bottle 4 weeks after first
opening, to prevent infections.
• Medicines should not be disposed of via
waste water or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to dispose of medicines
no longer required. These measures
will help to protect the environment.

FURTHER INFORMATION

What TEARS NATURALE contains
• The active substances are dextran 70
1 mg / ml and hypromellose 3 mg / ml.
• The other ingredients are disodium edetate,
sodium chloride, potassium chloride,
benzalkonium chloride, hydrochloric acid
and/or sodium hydroxide (to adjust pH) and
purified water.

Marketing authorisation holder :
Alcon Laboratories (UK) Ltd.
Pentagon Park, Boundary Way
Hemel Hempstead,
Herts., HP2 7UD, United Kingdom.

What TEARS NATURALE looks like
and contents of the pack
TEARS NATURALE is a clear, colourless
liquid supplied in a pack containing a 15 ml
plastic bottle with a screw cap.

Manufacturer :
SA Alcon-Couvreur NV
Rijksweg 14, B-2870 Puurs, Belgium.
This leaflet was last approved in August 2010

© 2005, 2010 Alcon, Inc.
04-2010

34251-7

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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