Generic name: Betaxolol hydrochlorideBrand names: Betoptic
Betoptic Ophthalmic Solution and Betoptic S Ophthalmic Suspension contain a medication that lowers internal eye pressure and is used to treat open-angle glaucoma (high pressure of the fluid in the eye).
Although Betoptic, a type of drug called a beta blocker, is applied directly to the eye, it may be absorbed into the bloodstream. Because it may have effects in other parts of the body, you should use Betoptic cautiously if you have diabetes, asthma or other respiratory diseases, or decreased heart function.
Use Betoptic exactly as prescribed. You may need to use other medications at the same time.
Betoptic S Suspension should be shaken well before each dose.
Administer Betoptic as follows:
Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue using Betoptic.
Do not use Betoptic if you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to it.
People with certain heart conditions should not use Betoptic.
Before you use Betoptic, tell your doctor if you have any of the following:AsthmaDiabetesHeart diseaseThyroid disease
If you are having surgery, your doctor may advise you to gradually stop using Betoptic before you undergo general anesthesia.
This drug may lose some of its effectiveness for glaucoma after you have been taking it a long time.
If Betoptic is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Betoptic with the following:
Drugs that alter mood, such as amitriptyline hydrochloride and phenelzine sulfate Oral beta blockers such as atenolol and propranolol hydrochloride Reserpine
The effects of Betoptic during pregnancy have not been adequately studied. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Betoptic may appear in breast milk and could affect a nursing infant. If Betoptic is essential to your health, your doctor may advise you to stop breastfeeding until your treatment with Betoptic is finished.
Your doctor may have you take another medication with Betoptic or Betoptic-S.
The usual recommended dose is 1 to 2 drops of Betoptic in the affected eye(s) twice daily.
The usual recommended dose is 1 to 2 drops of Betoptic S in the affected eye(s) twice daily.
Any medication used in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Betoptic, seek medical attention immediately.