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ISOPTO ALKALINE

Active substance(s): HYDROXYPROPYL METHYL CELLULOSE

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Package Leaflet - Information for the User

ISOPTO ALKALINE 1% w/v eye drops, solution
®

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
ISOPTO ALKALINE 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 ISOPTO ALKALINE is and
what it is used for

4. Possible side effects
5. How to store ISOPTO ALKALINE

2. Before you use ISOPTO ALKALINE

6. Further information

3. How to use ISOPTO ALKALINE

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WHAT ISOPTO® ALKALINE IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR

ISOPTO ALKALINE 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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Replacement of the reduced natural tears with an
artificial tear helps to soothe and lubricate your
eyes and provide relief from irritation.
It can also be used as a lubricant for artificial
eyes.

BEFORE YOU USE ISOPTO® ALKALINE

Do not use ISOPTO ALKALINE...

Driving and using machines

• If you are allergic to hypromellose or any of
the other ingredients listed in section 6.

You may experience blurred vision after using
ISOPTO ALKALINE. Do not drive or operate
any machines unless your vision is clear.

Ask your doctor for advice.

Using other medicines

Take special care...
This medicine is available without a
prescription. However, you still need to use
ISOPTO ALKALINE carefully to get the best
results from it.

Important information if you wear
Contact Lenses

Pregnancy and breast - feeding
If you are pregnant or might get pregnant, or
if you are breast - feeding a baby, talk to your
doctor before you use ISOPTO ALKALINE.

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

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 ISOPTO ALKALINE ( benzalkonium
chloride ) that can discolour soft contact lenses.

HOW TO USE ISOPTO® ALKALINE

The usual dose

Remove the loose collar from the cap when
the bottle is first opened.

The usual dose is 1 or 2 drops in each affected
eye 3 times daily or as specified by your doctor or
pharmacist.

Always use ISOPTO ALKALINE exactly as your
doctor has told you. You should check with your
doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

If the irritation in your eyes does not get
better or gets worse after 3 days or if you start to
experience headache, eye pain, vision changes or
continued redness in your eyes, stop using
ISOPTO ALKALINE and see your doctor.

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HOW TO USE ISOPTO® ALKALINE ( continued )
• 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.

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 forget to take ISOPTO ALKALINE,
do not worry, just take it as soon as possible.

• If you use too much ISOPTO ALKALINE, it
can be washed out of your eye with warm
water.
If you have any further questions on the use
of ISOPTO ALKALINE, ask your doctor or
pharmacist.

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POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS

Like all medicines, ISOPTO ALKALINE can cause
side effects, although not everybody gets them.
• You may experience some or all of the
following effects in your eye( s ) :
Blurred vision, eye pain, foreign body sensation in
eyes, eye irritation, redness.
In very rare cases, some patients with severe
damage to the clear layer at the front of the eye
( the cornea ) have developed cloudy patches on
the cornea due to calcium build-up during
treatment.

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HOW TO STORE ISOPTO® ALKALINE

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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Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor,
pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible
side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also
report side effects directly via the Yellow Card
Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By
reporting side effects you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.

• 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 ISOPTO ALKALINE contains
• The active substance is hypromellose
10 mg / ml.
• The other ingredients are sodium citrate
dihydrate, disodium phosphate anhydrous,
sodium biphosphate, sodium chloride,
benzalkonium chloride and purified water.

What ISOPTO ALKALINE looks like
and contents of the pack
ISOPTO ALKALINE is a clear, colourless liquid
supplied in a pack containing a 10 ml plastic
bottle with a screw cap.

Marketing authorisation holder :

Manufacturer :

Alcon Laboratories ( UK ) Ltd.
Frimley Business Park,
Frimley, Camberley,
Surrey, GU16 7SR,
United Kingdom.

SA Alcon - Couvreur NV
Rijksweg 14, B - 2870 Puurs, Belgium.
This leaflet was last revised in October 2014.

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© 2009, 2013, 2014 Novartis
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InDesign CS4

Isopto Alkaline 10 ml

recto - verso

GB

AANTAL KLEUREN : 1

VC

07-11 - 2014

BESOP-00326

Local
Graphics

140 x 335 / 140 x 22 mm

Approval

BELGIUM 44287-6

Affiliates

V2

Ready for sending:

as is.

new proof.

Final release:

as is.

new proof.

With approval in Catalyst you confirm that this proof contains an accurate translation of the
English Corporate Standard text, and is in compliance with the registered information and
the legal rules. Please also carefully check: local barcodes if any, formula, shelflife if
mentioned, storage conditions and trademarks.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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