SODIUM CHLORIDE 0.9% (NORMAL SALINE) EYE DROPS
Active substance(s): SODIUM CHLORIDE
Sodium Chloride (Normal Saline) Eye Drops 0.9% w/v
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine. It contains important
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them,
even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
In this leaflet:
1. What Sodium Chloride Eye Drops are and
what they are used for
2. Before you use Sodium Chloride Eye Drops
3. How to use Sodium Chloride Eye Drops
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Sodium Chloride Eye Drops
6. Further information
1. What Sodium Chloride Eye Drops
are and what they are used for
The active ingredient sodium chloride
belongs to a group of medicines known as eye
lubricants (ocular lubricants).
Sodium Chloride Eye Drops are used to wash
out your eye if you have something trapped
2. Before you use Sodium Chloride
Do not use Sodium Chloride Eye Drops if:
• you are allergic (hypersensitive) to Sodium
Chloride or to any of the other ingredients,
which are listed in section 6 of this leaflet
Take special care with Sodium Chloride Eye
• you wear soft contact lenses. These should be
removed before your treatment with Sodium
Chloride Eye Drops
If you are unsure about taking this medicine
or you have any questions, go and talk to your
doctor first and follow the advice given.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or nurse if you are taking
or have recently taken any other medicines,
including medicines obtained without a
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant, trying for a baby or
breast-feeding you should ask your doctor or
pharmacist for advice before you take Sodium
Chloride Eye Drops.
Driving and using machines
Sodium Chloride Eye Drops can cause
temporary blurring of vision after application.
Wait until your vision is clear before driving or
Important information about some of the
ingredients of Sodium Chloride Eye Drops
This medicine contains benzalkonium chloride
which may cause eye irritation and is known to
discolour soft contact lenses.
Remove contact lenses before you use Sodium
Chloride Eye Drops and wait at least 15
minutes before you put them back in.
3. How to use Sodium Chloride Eye
If you are unsure about how to use Sodium
Chloride Eye Drops talk to your doctor or
How much to use
The usual dose is 1 or 2 drops placed in each
eye when needed, or as directed by your doctor
If there is no improvement see your doctor or
Sodium Chloride Eye Drops are for external use
If you use more Sodium Chloride Eye Drops
than you should
It will not cause you any harm. If you are
worried then talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Sodium Chloride Eye Drops are for external
use only. If you have swallowed or you suspect
someone else has swallowed any of this
medicine, contact your doctor.
Always use Sodium Chloride Eye Drops exactly
as your doctor has told you. You should check
with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not
4. Possible side effects
Soft contact lenses must not be worn during
treatment with Sodium Chloride Eye Drops
5. How to store Sodium Chloride
Instructions for use
1. Before opening a new bottle of Sodium
Chloride Eye Drops, please check that the
safety strip on the bottom of the outer
cap is unbroken.
2. Twist the outer cap to break the seal.
3. Wash your hands well before use.
4. Remove the outer cap. If you are putting
in the drops yourself, you should use a
5. Tilt your head back and
look up at the ceiling.
6. Pull the lower lid of the eye
out to form a small pocket
between your eyelid and your eye.
7. Hold the bottle between the thumb and
middle finger of the other hand, turn the
bottle upside down near to the eye, try
not to touch the eye with the nozzle.
8. Apply enough pressure to the container
to release one to two drops, as directed by
9. Blink your eye a few times.
10. If you think that you have missed the eye,
then insert another drop.
11. Repeat steps 5-10 for the other eye if you
have been told to use Sodium Chloride
Eye Drops in both eyes.
12. Replace the outer cap on the container,
trying not to touch the applicator tip
with anything, including the eye or your
13. Wash your hands
Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight
No side effects are expected with this product
but if blurred vision becomes a problem for
you, tell your pharmacist or doctor.
Make sure the container is properly closed after
Store Sodium Chloride Eye Drops in a dry place
in their original container away from direct
light. Store below 25°C.
Do not use Sodium Chloride Eye Drops after
the expiry date which is printed on the bottle
label. The expiry date refers to the last day of
Dispose of the medicine four weeks after
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
6. Further Information
What Sodium Chloride Eye Drops contain
The active substance is sodium chloride
The other ingredients are benzalkonium
chloride and purified water. Sodium Chloride
Eye Drops may also contain sodium hydroxide
or hydrochloric acid.
What Sodium Chloride Eye Drops look like
and contents of the pack
Sodium Chloride Eye Drops are a clear,
colourless solution supplied in a plastic
dropper bottle with a tamper proof cap. Each
bottle contains 10ml of the solution.
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This leaflet was last updated October 2011
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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