POLYVINYL ALCOHOL

Medicines

Title: POLYVINYL ALCOHOL
Date: 
23 Feb 2012

Generic Name or Active Ingredient

     Polyvinyl alcohol

 

2.  Uses:

     Available as eye drops to relieve dryness and irritation caused by reduced tear flow.

 

3.  How This Medicine Works:

It is a tear substitute which lubricates the surface of the eyes to prevent dry eyes.

 

4.  Do Not Apply This Medicine If:

  • You are allergic to polyvinyl alcohol or any other ingredient in this product.
 

5.  Before You Start To Apply This Medicine:

  • Inform your pharmacist or doctor if you are allergic to any other medication.
  • Inform your pharmacist or doctor if you are wearing contact lenses.
  • Inform your pharmacist or doctor if you are or plan to get pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
  • Consult a doctor before using this medicine in children.
 

6.    Using With Other Medication:

·         Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medication, vitamins, herbal preparations or supplements as they may interfere with this medicine.

·         If using with other eye drops, wait 5 minutes between applications of different eye medications. Always use polyvinyl alcohol eye drops last.

 

7.  How To Use This Medicine:

     Follow the directions on your medication label carefully, and ask your pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. (National Call Centre)

 

a)    How to apply

                  i.    If you wear contact lenses, remove them before using this medicine. Leave them out for at least 30 minutes after applying the ointment.

                ii.    Wash your hands with soap and water before and after using this medicine.

               iii.    Shake the container and remove the outer cap.

               iv.    Gently pull down your lower eyelid to form a pouch/pocket.

                v.    Tilt your head back and look up.

               vi.    Put the tip of the container close to your lower eyelid. Do not let it touch your eye.

              vii.    Instill 1-2 drops into the pocket made between your lower eye lid and eye ball.

            viii.    Close your eye for about a minute. Do not blink or rub your eye.

               ix.    After using, keep the container tightly closed.

 

b)   When to apply

As often as needed to relieve symptoms, or as directed by your pharmacist or doctor.

 

c)    How long to apply

Until your symptoms resolve, or as directed by your pharmacist or doctor.

 

d)   If you forget to apply it

Apply it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to apply the medicine. Do not double the dose.

 

8.  While Applying This Medicine:

 

a)    Things you should do:

·         Inform your pharmacist or doctor if you develop severe eye irritation, redness, or swelling after using this medicine.

·         Consult your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or become worse after using this medication.

 

b)   Things you must NOT do:

·         Do not share your medication with anyone else.

·         Do not touch the applicator tip or let it touch your eye or any other surface.

 

In case of overdose, seek immediate medical attention.

 

9.  Side Effects:

 

All medicines may have some unwanted side effects. Sometimes they are serious, but most of the time they are not. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any side effects which are severe or persistent.

 
Possible side effects are:

·         Mild stinging in the eyes.

·         Blurring of vision (temporary).

 

10. Storage and disposal:

  • Do not use longer than 4 weeks after the bottle has been opened.
  • Store at room temperature and in a dry place.
  • Keep away from direct sunlight.
  • Keep out of reach of children.
  • Do not use an unopened bottle after the expiry date has passed.
  • Return any unused or expired medication to the nearest pharmacy.