Addipak Saline Solution Unit Dose (Box of 100)

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  • $18.50


IMPORTANT

We are phasing out this product.

Why? Because Addipak is

  1. ACIDIC. It has a pH of apprx 5 to 5.5. Do you really want to put such an acidic solution in your scleral lens and hold it against your eye all day long? The medical implications have not been established. It is an ongoing frustration to us here that doctors have failed to study and publish about the effects of acidic versus basic or alkaline solutions used in scleral lenses.
  2. OFF LABEL. Addipak is an inhalation solutions... used in nebulizers for inhalation therapy. It is not designed for use in the eye.
  3. A STOP GAP. Addipak has been used in scleral lenses for  years, but why? Because there weren't any preservative free saline solutions approved and labeled specifically for contact lens use. This became a very, very serious problem when Unisol 4 was discontinued in 2015. But now, it's 2020. There are several preservative free saline solutions on the market; some of them are specifically labeled for scleral lenses, some not, but all of them are at least labeled for OCULAR use!

There is simply no reason left to be using ACIDIC salines in our eyes. Inhalation solution is cheap but... not studies or tested for ocular use. You only have one pair of eyes. Invest in them. Keep them safe!

 

About Addipak

  • Box of 100
  • Two sizes available: 3mL and 5mL (tube size is same for both)
  • Inexpensive preservative free 0.9% sodium chloride solution
  • Contains no buffers
  • Using with contacts is an "off label" use
  • See also our Preservative Free Saline Guide

~Shipping tip!~

To save on shipping, please try to avoid ordering just one box. The difference is huge! It's heavy because it's liquid. You might be paying shipping of $8 or more for one box depending where it's going, but only $1 or so more per additional box after that.  Use the shipping calculator in the cart to see for yourself.

Description (Rebecca's)

Addipak is 0.9% sodium chloride, sold for inhalation therapy. It is often recommended by optometrists for off-label use filling scleral lenses, because it is the cheapest unit dose preservative-free saline on the market.

Addipak and Modudose are just about identical. They are very simple products. Their limitation is that they are not buffered, which means that they do not have additives to raise and stabilize the pH at a level that matches the eye. Addipak is acidic. For many users, that doesn't seem to matter, but for others, it can be uncomfortable, and even contribute to lens fogging. Some of them remedy the acidity and fogging by switching to buffered saline (e.g. Purilens, ScleralFil) while others add one or more drops of a preservative-free artificial tear (e.g. Refresh Celluvisc, Oasis Tears Plus - note that this is an off label use of those too!) to the Addipak. If you are trying these sorts of cocktails please make sure you always keep your eye doctor in the loop!

Ingredients: Purified water and sodium chloride.

For more information about preservative free salines, please see our Product Guide to Preservative Free Saline Options.

On and off-label use: Please note that several preservative free salines that are routinely recommended by doctors for use with PROSE or sclerals are not labeled for ocular use by the manufacturer so for you this may constitute an 'off label' use. Please make sure your lens provider / eye care professional approves any solution you are using.

Description (Manufacturer's)

  • 5 mL Sterile 0.9% NaCl Solution for Inhalation USP
  • Non-Pyrogenic
  • Not for parenteral administration
  • No bacteriostatic agent or other preservative added
  • Storage conditions: Store at room temperature
  • Directions for use: Hold vial gently and twist off top. Squeeze vial to dispense. Discard after use.
  • Latex free

 

IMPORTANT

We are phasing out this product.

Why? Because Addipak is

  1. ACIDIC. It has a pH of apprx 5 to 5.5. Do you really want to put such an acidic solution in your scleral lens and hold it against your eye all day long? The medical implications have not been established. It is an ongoing frustration to us here that doctors have failed to study and publish about the effects of acidic versus basic or alkaline solutions used in scleral lenses.
  2. OFF LABEL. Addipak is an inhalation solutions... used in nebulizers for inhalation therapy. It is not designed for use in the eye.
  3. A STOP GAP. Addipak has been used in scleral lenses for  years, but why? Because there weren't any preservative free saline solutions approved and labeled specifically for contact lens use. This became a very, very serious problem when Unisol 4 was discontinued in 2015. But now, it's 2020. There are several preservative free saline solutions on the market; some of them are specifically labeled for scleral lenses, some not, but all of them are at least labeled for OCULAR use!

There is simply no reason left to be using ACIDIC salines in our eyes. Inhalation solution is cheap but... not studies or tested for ocular use. You only have one pair of eyes. Invest in them. Keep them safe!

 

About Addipak

  • Box of 100
  • Two sizes available: 3mL and 5mL (tube size is same for both)
  • Inexpensive preservative free 0.9% sodium chloride solution
  • Contains no buffers
  • Using with contacts is an "off label" use
  • See also our Preservative Free Saline Guide

~Shipping tip!~

To save on shipping, please try to avoid ordering just one box. The difference is huge! It's heavy because it's liquid. You might be paying shipping of $8 or more for one box depending where it's going, but only $1 or so more per additional box after that.  Use the shipping calculator in the cart to see for yourself.

Description (Rebecca's)

Addipak is 0.9% sodium chloride, sold for inhalation therapy. It is often recommended by optometrists for off-label use filling scleral lenses, because it is the cheapest unit dose preservative-free saline on the market.

Addipak and Modudose are just about identical. They are very simple products. Their limitation is that they are not buffered, which means that they do not have additives to raise and stabilize the pH at a level that matches the eye. Addipak is acidic. For many users, that doesn't seem to matter, but for others, it can be uncomfortable, and even contribute to lens fogging. Some of them remedy the acidity and fogging by switching to buffered saline (e.g. Purilens, ScleralFil) while others add one or more drops of a preservative-free artificial tear (e.g. Refresh Celluvisc, Oasis Tears Plus - note that this is an off label use of those too!) to the Addipak. If you are trying these sorts of cocktails please make sure you always keep your eye doctor in the loop!

Ingredients: Purified water and sodium chloride.

For more information about preservative free salines, please see our Product Guide to Preservative Free Saline Options.

On and off-label use: Please note that several preservative free salines that are routinely recommended by doctors for use with PROSE or sclerals are not labeled for ocular use by the manufacturer so for you this may constitute an 'off label' use. Please make sure your lens provider / eye care professional approves any solution you are using.

Description (Manufacturer's)

  • 5 mL Sterile 0.9% NaCl Solution for Inhalation USP
  • Non-Pyrogenic
  • Not for parenteral administration
  • No bacteriostatic agent or other preservative added
  • Storage conditions: Store at room temperature
  • Directions for use: Hold vial gently and twist off top. Squeeze vial to dispense. Discard after use.
  • Latex free