Lacrisert Opthalmic Insert (Hydroxypropyl Cellulose)

Lacrisert Opthalmic Insert

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Hydroxypropyl Cellulose

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Lacrisert (hydroxypropyl cellulose ophthalmic insert) is indicated for the following conditions:

  1. Moderate to severe dry eye syndromes: Lacrisert is used to treat dry eye syndromes, including keratoconjunctivitis sicca. It is especially indicated for patients who remain symptomatic after an adequate trial of therapy with artificial tear solutions.
  2. Exposure keratitis: Lacrisert is indicated for patients with exposure keratitis, which is a condition where the cornea is not properly protected by the eyelids, leading to inflammation and damage.
  3. Decreased corneal sensitivity: Lacrisert is indicated for patients with decreased corneal sensitivity, which can occur due to various factors and can lead to corneal damage.
  4. Recurrent corneal erosions: Lacrisert is indicated for patients with recurrent corneal erosions, which are repeated episodes of the cornea's surface layer detaching from the underlying tissue, causing pain and discomfort.


  • Before starting to use Lacrisert, read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist. Make sure to review the preparation and usage instructions. If you have any questions or concerns, consult your healthcare provider.
  • Lacrisert is typically used in the affected eye(s) as directed by your healthcare provider, usually 1 to 2 times daily. Your healthcare provider will provide specific instructions on the dosage and frequency of use based on your individual needs.
  • If you wear contact lenses, remove them before using Lacrisert. You can ask your healthcare provider when it is safe to replace your contact lenses.
  • Before applying Lacrisert, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly.
  • Use the supplied applicator to gently place 1 insert into the affected eye.
  • After using the applicator, rinse it with hot running water. Shake off any visible water droplets and then store the applicator in the provided storage container.
  • If the insert comes out, you may replace it with another one as instructed by your healthcare provider.
  • Your healthcare provider may also prescribe the use of artificial tears solution or saline drops along with Lacrisert. Make sure to use those medications exactly as prescribed.
  • After using Lacrisert, wait several minutes for your vision to clear before driving or operating machinery.
  • Use Lacrisert regularly at the same time(s) each day to get the most benefit from it. This will also help you remember to use it consistently.
  • It may take several weeks to see the full benefit of Lacrisert. If your condition does not improve or worsens, inform your healthcare provider.


  • Do not touch the insert or let it touch any other surface besides the applicator to avoid contamination.
  • Avoid rubbing your eyes when using Lacrisert.
  • Temporary blurring of vision
  • Discomfort, irritation, or redness in the eye
  • Matting or sticky eyelashes
  • Eye sensitivity to light
  • Allergic reaction known as hypersensitivity
  • Swelling of the eyelid

If you experience any side effects while using Lacrisert, inform your healthcare provider. They can provide guidance and determine if any adjustments to your treatment plan are necessary.

This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. If you have specific concerns or questions about the side effects of Lacrisert Ophthalmic Insert, consult with your healthcare professional.

Inform your healthcare provider about all the medications you are currently taking, including prescription, non-prescription drugs, and herbal products. They can check for any potential interactions with Lacrisert.

Do not use Lacrisert if you are allergic to hydroxypropyl cellulose, the active ingredient in the ophthalmic insert.

Lacrisert should be placed in the inferior cul-de-sac of the eye beneath the base of the tarsus. Follow the instructions provided by your healthcare professional for proper insertion and positioning of Lacrisert in the eye.

Lacrisert is not meant to be swallowed and may be harmful if ingested. If someone accidentally swallows Lacrisert and experiences serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, seek immediate medical help.

Lacrisert is not expected to cause different side effects or problems in older people compared to younger adults. However, consulting with your healthcare provider if you have any concerns or questions about using Lacrisert is recommended.

This is not an exhaustive list of warnings and precautions for Lacrisert. Consult with your healthcare provider for personalized advice and guidance regarding the use of this medication.

Brand Name:

Lacrisert Opthalmic Insert

Generic name:

Hydroxypropyl Cellulose

Other Names:

Lacrisert Opthalmic Insert

Strength(s): 5mg
Quantities Available: 60


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