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Systane

Generic name: ocular lubricantOK-yoo-lar-LOO-bri-kant ]
Brand names: Advanced Eye Relief Dry Eye, Akwa Tears, Alcon Tears, Artelac Nighttime, Artificial Tears, ... show all 80 brands
Drug class: Ophthalmic lubricants and irrigations

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com on Dec 9, 2022. Written by Cerner Multum.

What is Systane?

There are many brands and forms of ocular lubricant available and not all are listed on this leaflet.

Systane is used in adults to relieve burning, irritation, and discomfort caused by dry eyes.

Systane may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Warnings

You should not use an Systane to treat or prevent an eye infection.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use an Systane if you are allergic to it. This medicine will not treat or prevent an eye infection.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use Systane if you have any type of infection in your eye.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

How should I use Systane?

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.

Wash your hands before using Systane.

Do not use Systane and call your pharmacist if the medicine looks cloudy or has changed color.

Do not touch the tip of the eye dropper or ointment tube or place it directly on your eye. A contaminated tip can infect your eye, which could lead to serious vision problems.

Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse while using Systane.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Systane is used when needed. If you are on a dosing schedule, skip any missed dose. Do not use two doses at one time.

What happens if I overdose?

An overdose of ocular lubricant is not expected to be dangerous. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.

What should I avoid while using Systane?

Systane may cause blurred vision. Avoid driving or hazardous activity until you know how this medicine will affect you.

Do not use other eye medications unless your doctor tells you to.

Systane side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using Systane and call your doctor if you have:

  • severe burning, stinging, or eye irritation after using the medicine;

  • eye pain; or

  • vision changes.

Common side effects of Systane may include:

  • mild eye burning or irritation;

  • itching or redness of your eyes;

  • watery eyes;

  • blurred vision; or

  • sensitivity to light.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect Systane?

Medicine used in the eyes is not likely to be affected by other drugs you use. But many drugs can interact. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Where can I get more information?

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.