Betaxolol eye solution
What does betaxolol eye solution do?
BETAXOLOL (Betoptic(R)) belongs to a group of medicines called beta-blockers. Betaxolol eye products can reduce the pressure inside the eye from an elevated pressure (ocular hypertension). Betaxolol is also effective in treating open-angle glaucoma, either alone or in combination with other anti-glaucoma medicines. Generic betaxolol eye products are available.
What should my health care professional know before I use betaxolol?
asthma, bronchitis or bronchospasm, emphysema, or other lung disease
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
heart or blood vessel disease
an unusual or allergic reaction to betaxolol, other beta-blockers, medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?
Betaxolol eye solution is only for use in the eye. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash hands before and after use. Tilt your head back slightly and pull your lower eyelid down with your index finger to form a pouch. Try not to touch the tip of the dropper to your eye, fingertips, or any other surface. Squeeze the prescribed number of drops into the pouch. Close the eye for a few moments to spread the drops. Use your doses at regular intervals. Do not use your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop using except on your prescriber’s advice.
Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses. There should be at least 4 hours between doses.
What other medicines can interact with betaxolol?
medicines for colds and breathing difficulties
medicines for diabetes
medicines for high blood pressure
medicines to control heart rhythm
Do not use other eye products with betaxolol without asking your prescriber or health care professional.
What side effects may I notice from using betaxolol?
burning stinging or itching of the eyes or eyelids
Side effects with betaxolol eye products include:
changes in vision
increased sensitivity of the eyes to light
Other side effects from the use of betaxolol eye products are uncommon. You should report any of the following side effects to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
cold, tingling, or numb hands or feet
difficulty breathing, wheezing
dizziness or fainting spells
increase in the amount of urine passed
slow heart rate (fewer than recommended by your prescriber or health care professional)
swollen legs or ankles