What is Optive?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs


Optive™ is a brand name for carboxymethylcellulose, an ophthalmic agent used as an artificial tear substitute for dry eyes.

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 2
None 0

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Optive

Side effect Patients Percentage
Eye irritation 2
Itching 1
Stinging sensation 1


Based on patients currently taking Optive

Dosage Patients Percentage
0.5-0.9% three times daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Optive

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 1
Side effects too severe 1
See 1 patient who's stopped taking Optive


Currently taking Optive

Duration Patients Percentage
2 - 5 years 1

Stopped taking Optive

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 2
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 1

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Optive and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Lubricant Eye Drops (Artificial Tears) 1
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Optive.