Ocular Lubricant Ointments

Reviewed on 9/20/2021

What Are Ocular Lubricant Ointments and How Does It Work?

Ocular lubricant ointments are over-the-counter (OTC) products used for ocular (eye) protection and lubrication.

Ocular lubricant ointments are available under the following different brand names: Dry Eyes, LacriLube NP, Advanced Eye Relief Night Time Lubricant Eye Ointment (Preservative Free), Duratears Naturale, Lubrifresh PM, PuraLube, Refresh PM, Tears Renewed, and Stye.

What Are the Dosages of Ocular Lubricant Ointments?

Dosages of Ocular Lubricant Ointments:

Dosage Forms and Strengths

Ophthalmic Ointment

  • white petrolatum, mineral oil, lanolin, sodium chloride
  • 20% mineral oil/80% white petrolatum
  • 31.9% mineral oil/57.7% white petrolatum
  • 15% mineral oil/83% white petrolatum

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

Ocular Protection and Lubrication

  • Thin ribbon (approximately 0.25 in. or 0.6 cm) applied to lower lid of the affected eye(s)

What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Ocular Lubricant Ointments?

Side effects of ocular lubricant ointments include:

  • Blurred vision after application

This document does not contain all possible side effects and others may occur. Check with your physician for additional information about side effects.

What Other Drugs Interact with Ocular Lubricant Ointments?

If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor, health care provider, or pharmacist first.

  • Ocular lubricant ointments have no listed severe interactions with other drugs.
  • Ocular lubricant ointments have no listed serious interactions with other drugs.
  • Ocular lubricant ointments have no listed moderate interactions with other drugs.
  • Ocular lubricant ointments have no listed mild interactions with other drugs.

This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist. Check with your physician if you have health questions or concerns.

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What Are Warnings and Precautions for Ocular Lubricant Ointments? 

Warnings

  • This medication contains ocular lubricant ointments. Do not take Dry Eyes, LacriLube NP, Advanced Eye Relief Night Time Lubricant Eye Ointment (Preservative Free), Duratears Naturale, Lubrifresh PM, PuraLube, Refresh PM, Tears Renewed, or Stye if you are allergic to ocular lubricant ointments or any ingredients contained in this drug.
  • Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.

Contraindications

  • Hypersensitivity

Effects of Drug Abuse

  • No information available

Short-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Ocular Lubricant Ointments?”

Long-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Ocular Lubricant Ointments?”

Cautions

  • None

Pregnancy and Lactation

  • Use ocular lubricant ointments with caution during pregnancy if the benefits outweigh the risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies are not available or neither animal nor human studies were done.
  • It is unknown if ocular lubricant ointments pass into breast milk.
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding patients should seek the advice of a health professional before using over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.
References
https://reference.medscape.com/drug/dry-eyes-lacrilube-np-ocular-lubricant-ointments-999340

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