Betaxolol DropsGeneric Name:
Betaxolol (bay-TAX-oh-lahl)Brand Name:
Generic only. No brands available.
Betaxolol Drops are used for:
Lowering eye pressure and treating glaucoma. It may be used with other medicines. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Betaxolol Drops are an ophthalmic beta-blocker. It is unknown exactly how Betaxolol Drops works to reduce the fluid pressure inside the eye, but it appears to reduce the amount of liquid produced.
Do NOT use Betaxolol Drops if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Betaxolol Drops
- you have asthma, severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), complete or second-degree heart block, heart shock, a resting heart rate less than 60 beats/min, or a heart rate less than 45 beats/min after a heart attack
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Betaxolol Drops:
Tell your health care provider if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you are having an allergic reaction
- if you have bronchitis, breathing problems, COPD, heart failure, diabetes, first-degree heart block, a history of asthma, overactive thyroid, low blood sugar levels, or blood flow problems
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Betaxolol Drops. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any of the following medicines.
- Anticholinesterases (eg, pyridostigmine), diltiazem, disopyramide, flecainide, ketanserin, lithium, monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) (eg, selegiline), nifedipine and derivatives, quinazolines, or verapamil and derivatives because they may increase the actions and the risk of Betaxolol Drops's side effects
- Bupivacaine or cocaine because their actions and the risk of their side effects may be increased by Betaxolol Drops
- Clonidine because when given with Betaxolol Drops, if it is suddenly stopped, it may cause rebound high blood pressure
- Glucagon because it may decrease Betaxolol Drops's effectiveness
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Betaxolol Drops may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Betaxolol Drops:
Use Betaxolol Drops as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- To use Betaxolol Drops in the eye, first, wash your hands. Tilt your head back. Using your index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch. Drop the medicine into the pouch and gently close your eyes. Immediately use your finger to apply pressure to the inside corner of the eyelid (unless you recently had eye surgery) for 1 to 2 minutes. Do not blink. Remove excess medicine around your eye with a clean, dry tissue, being careful not to touch your eye. Wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them.
- To prevent germs from contaminating your medicine, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface, including the eye. Keep the container tightly closed.
- It may take a few weeks for Betaxolol Drops to reach its maximum effectiveness.
- If you miss a dose of Betaxolol Drops, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Betaxolol Drops.
Important safety information:
- Betaxolol Drops can, on rare occasions, cause drowsiness, dizziness, or blurred vision. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Betaxolol Drops with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
- Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Betaxolol Drops before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
- Betaxolol Drops may cause you to become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to Betaxolol Drops. Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for more than a short time.
- Diabetes patients - Betaxolol Drops may hide signs of low blood sugar, such as a rapid heartbeat. Be sure to watch for other signs of low blood sugar. Low blood sugar may make you anxious, sweaty, weak, dizzy, drowsy, or faint. It may also make your vision change; give you a headache, chills, or tremors; or make you more hungry. Check blood sugar levels closely. Ask your doctor before you change the dose of your diabetes medicine.
- Lab tests, including intraocular pressure checks, may be performed while you use Betaxolol Drops. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Betaxolol Drops should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Betaxolol Drops while you are pregnant. It is not known if Betaxolol Drops are found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Betaxolol Drops, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Betaxolol Drops:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Blurred or decreased vision; burning, discomfort, stinging, itching, or tearing when first applied; crusty lashes; dry eyes; eye pain, redness, or discharge; sensation of something in the eye.Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); changes in heart rate; headache.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include dizziness; fainting; slow heartbeat. Betaxolol Drops may be harmful if swallowed.Proper storage of Betaxolol Drops:
Store Betaxolol Drops upright at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C), in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Betaxolol Drops out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Betaxolol Drops, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Betaxolol Drops are to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Betaxolol Drops. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
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