Medicines & Supplements A to Z > Hypromellose


Last updated on 03/08/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Hypromellose

ALTERNATIVE NAME: Hydroxypropylmethylcellulose

CHINESE NAME: 羥丙基甲基纖維素

BRAND NAME(S) IN HONG KONG: Eye Mo Moist 安寧, GenTeal 睛瑩

DRUG CLASS: Eye lubricant

SUB CLASS: Artificial tears

USED FOR: Dry eyes

– 0.3%, 0.5%, 0.7% (eye drops)

What is Hypromellose for?

Hypromellose is a type of artificial tear that can lubricate your eyes to relieve dry eyes and protect against further eye irritation.

How to use it?

Hypromellose can be applied to the eyes as eye drops. Instill 1-2 drops into the affected eye(s) 3-4 times daily as needed.

Lie down or tilt your head back. With your index finger, pull down the lower lid of your eye. Hold the dropper close to your eye with the other hand, and drop 1 drop into your eyes between your lower lid and eyeball. Gently close your eyes, and apply finger pressure to the inner corner of your eye for 1-2 minutes.

What are the side effects of Hypromellose?

Common side effects of Hypromellose include blurred vision, eye pain and eye irritation.

Who should not take Hypromellose?

People who are allergic to Hypromellose or any component of the formulation.

Pharmacist Tips:

– Wash hands before and after use.
– Remove contact lenses prior to administration, and wait 15 minutes before reinserting.
– Separate administration of other ophthalmic agents by at least 5-10 minutes.
– To avoid contamination, do not touch the tip of the tube to the eye or any other surface.
– Avoid driving or other activities requiring clear vision until drug effects are realized as it may cause blurred vision.

Common dosing schedule:
Hypromellose can be instilled at any time of a day.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Hypromellose may interact with:
No known significant interactions.

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Hypromellose in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Hypromellose is an over-the-counter medicine and can be purchased without a prescription from any retail outlet in Hong Kong. This includes grocery stores, convenience stores, medicine shops, and pharmacies. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Hypromellose in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.