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Carmellose Sodium (Carmellose 1% eye drops 0.4ml unit dose)



Information specific to: Carmellose 1% eye drops 0.4ml unit dose when used in Dry eyes.

Carmellose sodium (Car-mell-owse so-dee-um) is a medicine which is used in relieving dry eyes.

The information in this Medicine Guide for carmellose sodium varies according to the condition being treated and the particular preparation used.

Your medicine

Carmellose sodium eye drops help to lubricate the eye and relieve the symptoms of dry eyes.

Other information about Carmellose sodium:

  • remove any contact lenses before using Carmellose sodium. Do not put the lenses back in your eyes for at least 15 minutes
  • if you are using other eye medicines do not use one immediately after each other. You must wait at least 15 minutes between using each medicine. This is to stop the second medicine from washing the first medicine out of the eye
  • take care when putting Carmellose sodium into the eye as the dropper must not touch any part of the eye or any other surface as this may cause eye injury or may contaminate the drops remaining in the bottle
  • make sure that you dispose of any unused medicine as detailed on the pharmacy label or in the patient information leaflet that comes with this medicine. If you are not sure, speak to your prescriber or pharmacist

Most medicines are only available on prescription, but some medicines can be bought without a prescription. The information about this medicine in this guide is presented as if this medicine has been prescribed for you. If you have bought your medicine without a prescription you may find that the information in this Medicine Guide is different to the information that comes with the non-prescription medicine. If you get this medicine without a prescription you should follow the instructions that come with it. If you have any questions about using non-prescription medicines you should always seek advice from your pharmacist or doctor.

If you got this medicine on prescription it will have a pharmacy label. The pharmacy label on your medicine tells you how much medicine you should take. It also tells you how often to take your medicine. This is the dose that you and your prescriber have agreed you should take.

If you feel that the medicine is making you unwell or you do not think it is working, then talk to your prescriber or someone involved in your medical care.

Whether this medicine is suitable for you

Carmellose sodium is not suitable for everyone and some people should never use it. Other people should only use it with special care. It is important that the person prescribing this medicine knows your full medical history.

Your prescriber may only prescribe this medicine with special care or may not prescribe it at all if you:

  • are allergic or sensitive to or have had a reaction to any of the ingredients in the medicine

Furthermore the prescriber may only prescribe this medicine with special care or may not prescribe it at all for a child.

Over time it is possible that Carmellose sodium can become unsuitable for some people, or they may become unsuitable for it. If at any time it appears that Carmellose sodium has become unsuitable, it is important that the prescriber is contacted immediately.


Alcohol can interact with certain medicines.

In the case of Carmellose sodium:

  • there are no known interactions between alcohol and Carmellose sodium


Medicines can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your prescriber may advise you to avoid certain foods.

In the case of Carmellose sodium:

  • there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when using Carmellose sodium

Driving and operating machinery

When taking any medicine you should be aware that it might interfere with your ability to drive or operate machinery safely.

In the case of Carmellose sodium:

  • after putting Carmellose sodium into your eye you may have blurred vision for a short time

You must not drive or operate machinery unless your vision has returned to normal after using Carmellose sodium.

Family planning and pregnancy

Most medicines, in some way, can affect the development of a baby in the womb. The effect on the baby differs between medicines and also depends on the stage of pregnancy that you have reached when you take the medicine.

If you are taking this medicine and become pregnant, make sure that everyone involved in your medical care knows that you are pregnant and are taking Carmellose sodium.

It is believed that this medicine is appropriate for someone who is pregnant, but if you feel unwell or your circumstances change, you should talk to your prescriber.


Certain medicines can pass into breast milk and may reach your baby through breast-feeding.

Women who are planning to breast-feed while having Carmellose sodium must inform their doctor or midwife.

Taking other medicines

There are no known important interactions between Carmellose sodium and other medicines. If you experience any unusual symptoms while using Carmellose sodium and other medicines you should tell your prescriber.

Complementary preparations and vitamins

Medicines can interact with complementary preparations and vitamins. In general, there is not much information available about interactions between medicines and complementary preparations or vitamins.

If you are planning to take or are already taking any complementary preparations and vitamins you should ask your prescriber whether there are any known interactions with Carmellose sodium.

Your prescriber can advise whether it is appropriate for you to take combinations that are known to interact. They can also discuss with you the possible effect that the complementary preparations and vitamins may have on your condition.

If you experience any unusual effects while taking this medicine in combination with complementary preparations and vitamins, you should tell your prescriber.

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