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ISOPTO PLAIN 0.5% EYE DROPS SOLUTION

Active substance(s): HYPROMELLOSE / HYPROMELLOSE / HYPROMELLOSE

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Package Leaflet - Information for the User

ISOPTO PLAIN 0.5 % 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 PLAIN 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 PLAIN is and what
it is used for
2. Before you use ISOPTO PLAIN

4. Possible side effects
5. How to store ISOPTO PLAIN
6. Further information

3. How to use ISOPTO PLAIN

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WHAT ISOPTO® PLAIN IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR

ISOPTO PLAIN 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® PLAIN

Do not use ISOPTO PLAIN...

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 PLAIN. Do not drive or operate

Ask your doctor for advice.

hazardous machinery unless your vision is
clear.

Take special care...

Using other medicines

This medicine is available without a
prescription. However, you still need to use

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

Important information if you wear
Contact Lenses

ISOPTO PLAIN carefully to get the best results
from it.

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

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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 PLAIN ( benzalkonium
chloride ) that can discolour soft contact lenses.

HOW TO USE ISOPTO® PLAIN

The usual dose

Remove the loose collar from the cap when

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 PLAIN exactly as your doctor
has told you. You should check with your doctor
or pharmacist if you are not sure.

the bottle is first opened.

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 PLAIN and see your doctor.

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HOW TO USE ISOPTO® PLAIN ( continued )

How to use

• 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.

• 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 ).

• If a drop misses your eye, try again.
• If you forget to take ISOPTO PLAIN, do not
worry, just take it as soon as possible.

• If you use more ISOPTO PLAIN than you
should, it can be washed out of your eye with
warm water.

If you have any further questions on the use

of ISOPTO PLAIN, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

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POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS

Like all medicines, ISOPTO PLAIN 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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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.

HOW TO STORE ISOPTO® PLAIN

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

• 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 PLAIN contains
• The active substance is hypromellose 5 mg / ml.
• The other ingredients are sodium citrate,
disodium hydrogen phosphate anhydrous,
sodium dihydrogen phosphate monohydrate,
sodium chloride, benzalkonium chloride and
purified water.

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

Marketing authorisation holder  :

Manufacturer  :

Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK Limited
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 02/2017

© 2009, 2013, 2014 Novartis
02-2017

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The Maltings

Brewery House,
The Maltings,
Silvester Street
Kingston-Upon-Hull
HU1 3HA
Tel: +44 (0) 1482 973000

x Yes
Live Text:
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WO:
1586970
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Comp. Number New: 446777 GB
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Format/Dimension: 140x335_140x22 mm
Tech. Drawing No.: TECH_INS_140x335_140x22_001

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Production Site:
CTM:
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Martin, Rosalyn
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Minimum Font Size: 6.0pt
Font Type: Helvetica Neue LT Pro
Proof Number: 1
Braille:

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