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All about: Lacrisert Insert

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Generic Name: Artificial Tear Ophthalmic Insert
Brand Name: Lacrisert

Lacrisert Insert is used for:

Treating moderate to severe dry eye conditions, especially in patients who do not respond to other medicines. It is also used to treat other eye conditions, including corneal inflammation exposure, decreased corneal sensitivity, and repeated corneal exposures.

Lacrisert Insert is an eye lubricant. It works by providing tear-like lubrication for relief of dry eyes and eye irritation.

Do NOT use Lacrisert Insert if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Lacrisert Insert

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Lacrisert Insert:

Some medical conditions may interact with Lacrisert Insert. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Lacrisert Insert. Because little, if any, of Lacrisert Insert is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Lacrisert Insert may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Lacrisert Insert:

Use Lacrisert Insert as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Before leaving the doctor's office, you should practice inserting and removing Lacrisert Insert insert until you are able to do it correctly.
  • Do not rub your eyes while the insert is in place.
  • If the insert is dislodged or expelled, it may be removed and another insert put into place.
  • If you miss a dose of Lacrisert Insert, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Lacrisert Insert.

Important safety information:

  • Lacrisert Insert may cause blurred vision. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to Lacrisert Insert. Using Lacrisert Insert alone, with certain other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or perform other potentially dangerous tasks.
  • This medicine may be harmful if swallowed. If you may have taken Lacrisert Insert by mouth, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
  • It may take several weeks for Lacrisert Insert to fully work.
  • If Lacrisert Insert causes a worsening of symptoms, inspect your eye to make sure this insert is in its proper location. If symptoms persist, remove the insert and contact your doctor.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while taking Lacrisert Insert, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Lacrisert Insert during pregnancy. It is unknown if Lacrisert Insert is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Lacrisert Insert, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Lacrisert Insert:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Blurred vision.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); changes in vision; eye pain; irritation; redness; worsening of your condition.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Lacrisert Insert:

Store Lacrisert Insert at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C), in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Lacrisert Insert out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Lacrisert Insert, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Lacrisert Insert is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Lacrisert Insert. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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