Carboxymethyl Cellulose


Carboxymethyl cellulose, which is the main constituent of Carboxymethyl Cellulose is obtained from cellulose and is used for the relief of burning, itching, the discomfort of eyes caused due to dryness or exposure to the sun or the wind.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Carboxymethyl Cellulose

  • Visual disturbances
  • Eye irritation
  • Eye pain

Uses of Carboxymethyl Cellulose

What is it prescribed for?

  • Eye dryness
  • Prevention of irritation
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Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The effect of this medicine can be seen immediately after application.
  • Duration of effect
    This medicine is externally applied and hence the duration of action is subject to vary depending on time and manner of application, posture etc.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine can be used by pregnant women.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine can be used by breastfeeding women.


This medicine is not recommended for use if you have a history of allergy to the active constituent or any other ingredient present along with it.
Warnings for special population


This medicine can be used by pregnant women.


This medicine can be used by breastfeeding women.
General warnings

External use

This medicine should be used for external applications alone. Internal consumption can lead to harmful side effects.

Blurring of vision

This medicine can cause temporary blurring of vision and hence you should refrain from driving or using heavy machinery immediately after applying it.

Contamination of container

Do not touch the tip of the container with any surface. The cap should be tightly closed post use. Appropriate precautions should be taken to prevent the contamination of the container.

Missed Dose

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Do not apply in large quantities to make for the missed dose.


Since this medicine is for external use only, the chance of an overdose is highly unlikely. However, internal consumption of this medicine should be avoided.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol


Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.


Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine
Disease interactions


Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
This medicine should be applied with caution following all the instructions present on the label. Wash your hands before use and take suitable precautionary measures to prevent contamination of the container.

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken as instructed by doctor

May cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine acts by providing temporary lubrication to the eyes.
Legal Status







Ophthalmic lubricants and irrigations



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Carboxymethylcellulose Ophthalmic Solution 0.5% - Sentiss Pharma Pvt. Ltd. [Internet]. Sentiss Pharma Pvt. Ltd. 2017 [cited 16 November 2017]. Available from:

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Information on this page was last updated on 16 Nov 2017


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