Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose

Description

Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, the main ingredient of Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, is used in the form of eye drops as well as eye gels as an ocular lubricant for the treatment of dry eyes. It is also used in the form of injection as a surgical aid during certain eye surgeries.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose

  • Blurred vision
  • Decrease/loss of vision
  • Eye pain
  • Excessive tearing of the eye
  • Redness in and around the eyes

Uses of Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose

What is it prescribed for?

  • Dry eyes
  • Eye surgery
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • 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 is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before administering/receiving this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using/receiving this medicine. If the medicine is used, close monitoring of the infant for any undesired side effects is advised.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to hydroxypropyl methylcellulose or any other inactive ingredients present along with it.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before administering/receiving this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using/receiving this medicine. If the medicine is used, close monitoring of the infant for any undesired side effects is advised.
General warnings

Driving or Operating machinery

Ophthalmic dosage form: Use of this medicine may cause blurred vision in some patients. If you experience blurred vision during treatment with this medicine, it is advised that you do not perform any activities such as driving a vehicle or operating machinery until your vision is clear. Injectable dosage form: Since this medicine is administered during eye surgeries, your surgeon will give you appropriate instructions.

Contact lens

Ophthalmic dosage form: Some formulations of this medicine may discolor the lenses. Hence, it is advised that you consult your doctor as well as the pharmacist if you can use the contact lenses during treatment with this medicine. If usage of contact lenses is allowed, remove them before administration of the medicine and you can reinsert the contact lenses 10 to 15 minutes post administration. Injectable dosage form: Since this medicine is administered during eye surgeries, your surgeon will give you appropriate instructions regarding the usage of contact lenses.

Missed Dose

Eye Drops/Eye Gel: Administer the missed dose as soon as you remember. It is advisable to skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not instill a double dose to make up for the missed one. Injection: Since this medicine is usually given before and/or during a surgical procedure, the likelihood of missing a dose is very low.

Overdose

Eye Drops/Eye Gel: Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose. Injection: Since this medicine is administered in the hospital setting by a qualified healthcare professional, the likelihood of an overdose is very low. However, emergency medical treatment will be initiated by the doctor if an overdose is suspected.
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

Description

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

Instructions

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

Ophthalmic drugs

Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Eye Drops/Eye Gel: Use this medicine exactly as prescribed. Do not administer in larger or smaller amounts than advised/prescribed. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesirable side effects. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor. Injection: This medicine should be administered by a qualified healthcare professional. Inform the doctor if you have a known history of allergy to this medicine. Report to the doctor all your current medicines as well as your medical conditions before receiving this medicine.
Miscelleneous

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
When used for eye dryness, it lubricates the eyes and relieves dryness. When used during eye surgery, it reduces the risk of postoperative complications.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Ophthalmic lubricants and irrigations, Ophthalmic surgical agents

Schedule

Schedule H

[Internet]. Medicines.org.uk. 2018 [cited 1 June 2018]. Available from:

https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/files/pil.3537.pdf

[Internet]. Mhra.gov.uk. 2018 [cited 1 June 2018]. Available from:

http://www.mhra.gov.uk/home/groups/par/documents/websiteresources/con041426.pdf

Hypromellose - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2018 [cited 1 June 2018]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB11075

[Internet]. Centaurpharma.com. 2018 [cited 31 December 2018]. Available from:

https://www.centaurpharma.com/downloads/Viscotrust.pdf

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Information on this page was last updated on 31 Dec 2018

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