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Artificial Tears


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    Related terms
    • U.S. Brand Names: Akwa Tears® [OTC];Bion® Tears [OTC];HypoTears PF [OTC];HypoTears [OTC];Liquifilm® Tears [OTC];Moisture® Eyes PM [OTC];Moisture® Eyes [OTC];Murine Tears® [OTC];Murocel® [OTC];Nature's Tears® [OTC];Nu-Tears® II [OTC];Nu-Tears® [OTC];Puralube® Tears [OTC] [DSC];Refresh Plus® [OTC];Refresh Tears® [OTC];Refresh® [OTC];Soothe® [OTC];Systane® Free [OTC];Systane® [OTC];Teargen® II [OTC];Teargen® [OTC];Tearisol® [OTC];Tears Again® [OTC];Tears Naturale® Free [OTC];Tears Naturale® II [OTC];Tears Naturale® [OTC];Tears Plus® [OTC];Tears Renewed® [OTC];Ultra Tears® [OTC];Viva-Drops® [OTC]
    • Canadian Brand Names: Teardrops®
    • Pharmacologic Category: Ophthalmic Agent, Miscellaneous

    • It is used to treat dry eyes.
    • It is used to treat eye irritation.
    • Artificial tears moisten the eyes.


    How to take

    • For the eye only.
    • Take out contact lenses before using this drug. Lenses can be replaced 15 minutes after drug is given. Do not put contacts back in if eyes are irritated or infected.
    • Do not touch the container tip to the eye, lid, or other skin.
    • Tilt head back and drop drug into eye.
    • After using this drug, keep your eyes closed. Apply pressure to the inside corner of the eye. Do this for 3 to 5 minutes. This keeps the drug in your eye.
    • Separate each eye drug by 5 minutes.

    Missed Dose

    • Use a missed dose as soon as possible.
    • If it is close to time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal time.
    • Do not use two doses or extra doses.
    • Many times this drug is used on an as needed basis.


    • Store at room temperature.



    • If you have an allergy to artificial tears or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs involved.


    • Do not use this drug to treat contact lens irritation.
    • Check drugs with healthcare provider. This drug may not mix well with other drugs.

    Side Effects

    • Blurred vision. Use caution when driving or doing other tasks that require you to have clear vision.
    • Short-term discomfort after use.


    • Change in health problem being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Sudden change in vision, eye pain, or irritation.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada return any unused drugs back to the pharmacy. Also, visit for more facts about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).
    • Call your doctor for health help about side effects. You may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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