Acetylcysteine - ophthalmic

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Acetylcysteine eye drops is used to relieve dry eye conditions which are associated with an abnormal tear production or lack of tears.
How do I use this medicine?
Use Acetylcysteine eye drops exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not use more or less than instructed by your doctor.

To use this medicine:
  1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before using Acetylcysteine eye drops.
  2. Tilt your head slightly backwards. With the index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch and look upward.
  3. Apply the required amount by gently squeezing the container to release the required dose inside the lower eyelid.
  4. Close your eyes and do not blink for the next 30 seconds.
  5. Wipe any spill from your face with a clean tissue.
  6. Replace and tighten the cap after each use.
Do not allow the tip of the dropper of this medicine to touch your eyes, eyelids or any other surface. Recap immediately after use. If this medicine becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in your eyes.

Do not share this medicine with anyone else.
What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?
Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
What should I take note of while using this medicine?
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Acetylcysteine eye drops may contain a preservative known as benzalkonium chloride. This may discolour soft contact lenses and cause eye irritation. Do not wear contact lenses during treatment with Acetylcysteine eye drops.
What side effects could I experience?
Acetylcysteine eye drops may cause some problems with your eyesight. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Other side effects include any of the following: redness, irritation, itching of the eyes, and blurred vision.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I use this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are using any other medicines in your eyes.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

Throw away any remaining eyedrops 28 days after opening. Mark the date of opening on the eyedrop bottle so that you know when the bottle was opened.

Keep eye drops in their original package to protect from light.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on acetylcysteine - ophthalmic and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2021 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by
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