Hypromellose is a semisynthetic, inert, viscoelastic polymer used as an ophthalmic lubricant, as well as an excipient and controlled-delivery component in oral medicaments, found in a variety of commercial products.



  • As a food additive, hypromellose is an emulsifier, thickening and suspending agent, and an alternative to animal gelatin.


  • Hypromellose relieves dry and irritated eyes.
  • It is an eye lubricant.
  • It is used to act as an artificial tear.
  • In general this drug is used as a lubricant to treat eye conditions which result in little or no tear production.
  • Benefits of being on this drug can include relief from dry and irritated eyes through replacement with artificial tears.


Hypromellose should be used with caution in:

  • Wearers of soft contact lenses. These should be removed before medication is administered, and there should be a delay of at least 15 minutes before putting the contact lenses back in.

It should not be used where there are:

  • People with allergy to hypromellose or any of its ingredients


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 them first.

Other Names

 Artelac, Artelac SDU, Isopto Alkaline, Isopto Plain, Tears Naturale,


Source: Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypromellose

WebMD, http://drugs.webmd.boots.com/drugs/drug-240-Hypromellose.aspx

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