Lacrisert

Generic Name: Hydroxypropyl Cellulose

  • What is Lacrisert?

    Lacrisert is a medicine insert that is placed into your eye. It is used to treat moderate to severe dry eye syndromes, especially in people who still had symptoms after using an adequate amount of therapy with artificial tears. In addition, Lacrisert is used to treat dryness of the cornea (the clear tissue over the pupil of the eye) due to inadequate eyelid closure (exposure keratitis), decreased corneal sensitivity, or recurrent corneal erosions.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Lacrisert?

    If Lacrisert is placed in the wrong way, you can experience abrasion of your cornea, symptoms of a foreign body, or worsening of your symptoms. If you experience these symptoms, make sure the Lacrisert insert is in the proper location. Remove Lacrisert and tell your doctor if worsening of your symptoms persists.

    Lacrisert can cause temporary blurring of vision. You should exercise caution when operating hazardous machinery or driving a motor vehicle while you are using Lacrisert. You can remove the Lacrisert a few hours after insertion to avoid this side effect. You can insert another Lacrisert if needed.

    Occasionally Lacrisert can be unintentionally expelled from your eye. You should be careful when you rub your eye(s) containing Lacrisert, especially upon awakening, so as not to dislodge or expel the insert. You can insert another insert if needed.

  • Who should not take Lacrisert?

    Do not use Lacrisert if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Lacrisert?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Lacrisert. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: Apply 1 insert in each eye once a day. Your doctor may give you a higher dose depending on your needs.

  • How should I take Lacrisert?

    Apply Lacrisert exactly as prescribed by your doctor.

    Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Open the blister package of Lacrisert and the applicator package. Rinse the tip of the applicator with hot running tap water and shake off excess water. Lightly press the grooved tip of the applicator onto the Lacrisert insert and it will adhere to the applicator. Gently pull your lower eyelid away from the eyeball to create a pocket between the white part of your eyeball and your lower eyelid. Place the tip of the applicator containing the Lacrisert insert deep into the pocket. Remove the applicator and look down before releasing your lower eyelid. Repeat these steps to place a Lacrisert insert in your other eye.

    Your doctor will show you how to use and remove Lacrisert in the right way. Please review the instructions that came with your prescription on how to properly use Lacrisert.

  • What should I avoid while taking Lacrisert?

    Do not touch the colored part of your eye while you are inserting Lacrisert.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Lacrisert?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Lacrisert at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Lacrisert?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: allergic reactions, bleeding in your eye, eye discomfort or irritation, light sensitivity, matting or stickiness of eyelashes, swollen eyelids, temporary blurring of vision

  • Can I receive Lacrisert if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Lacrisert during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Lacrisert?

    If you miss a dose of Lacrisert, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store Lacrisert?

    Store at room temperature.