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Betoptic is a medication used to reduce elevated intraocular pressure in patients with ocular hypertension and chronic open-angle glaucoma. It contains the active ingredient betaxolol in the form of eye drops.
Betaxolol works by decreasing the production of fluid in the eye, which reduces the pressure inside the eye. By applying the drops regularly as prescribed, Betoptic Eyedrops help prevent vision loss and other eye problems associated with high eye pressure.
Use and Dosage
To apply Betoptic Eyedrops, first wash your hands. To avoid contaminating the dropper, do not allow it to touch your eye or any other surface. Before using the drops, remove contact lenses if applicable and wait at least 15 minutes before replacing them.
To administer the drops, tilt your head back and look upward. Pull down your lower eyelid to create a pouch and hold the dropper directly over your eye. Dispense one drop into the pouch, typically twice daily or as prescribed by your doctor. Close your eyes gently for 1 to 2 minutes, and place one finger at the corner of your eye near your nose to apply gentle pressure and prevent the medication from draining out. Do not rub your eyes or blink during this time. Repeat these steps for the other eye if instructed to or if your dose requires more than one drop.
After use, do not rinse the dropper. Simply replace the cap. If using other eye medications such as ointments, wait at least 10 minutes before applying the next medication. Use eye drops before eye ointments to allow the drops to enter the eye.
To ensure the best results, use Betoptic Eyedrops regularly at the same time(s) every day. Continue to use it even if you feel well as many people with glaucoma or high eye pressure do not experience symptoms.
Common Side Effects of Betoptic Eyedrops (Betaxolol):
- Blurred vision
- Changes in vision
- Crusty lashes
- Dry eyes
- Eye pain
- Eye tearing
- Feeling like there's something in your eye
- Itchy eyes
- Red eyes
- Temporary burning or stinging after using
Serious Side Effects of Betoptic Eyedrops (Betaxolol):
- Different size pupils of the eyes
- Droopy upper eyelid
- Eye pain
- Irregular, fast, slow, or pounding heartbeat
- Muscle weakness
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Swelling of the feet, ankles, or lower legs
- Swelling or inflammation of eye or eyelid
Forms and Strength
Betoptic Eyedrops (Betaxolol) is available in the following forms and strength:
Betoptic Eyedrops: Opthalmic Solution
Betaxolol: Eye drops
- Allergic reactions: Betoptic Eyedrops (Betaxolol) may cause an allergic reaction in some people. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, and difficulty breathing.
- Respiratory problems: Betoptic Eyedrops (Betaxolol) may worsen certain respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, or emphysema.
- Bradycardia: Betoptic Eyedrops (Betaxolol) can reduce heart rate and cause bradycardia, a condition where the heart beats slower than normal.
- Hypotension: Betoptic Eyedrops (Betaxolol) may cause low blood pressure, especially in people with heart disease or other medical conditions.
- Diabetes: Betoptic Eyedrops (Betaxolol) may mask some symptoms of low blood sugar levels in people with diabetes, making it more difficult for them to recognize and treat hypoglycemia.
- Depression: Betoptic Eyedrops (Betaxolol) may worsen depression or other mood disorders.
- Thyroid disorders: Betoptic Eyedrops (Betaxolol) may affect thyroid function, so people with thyroid disorders should use this medication with caution.
- Contact lenses: Betoptic Eyedrops (Betaxolol) may contain preservatives that can damage soft contact lenses. If you wear contact lenses, you should remove them before using the eye drops and wait at least 15 minutes before putting them back in.
- Surgery: Betoptic Eyedrops (Betaxolol) may interfere with certain medications used during surgery, so you should inform your surgeon that you are using this medication.
- Driving and operating machinery: Betoptic Eyedrops (Betaxolol) may cause dizziness or drowsiness, which can impair your ability to drive or operate machinery.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Will Betoptic Eyedrops cure my glaucoma?
No, Betoptic Eyedrops will not cure glaucoma, but it can help to lower the pressure in your eye to prevent further damage to your vision.
Can I drive after using Betoptic Eyedrops?
Betoptic Eyedrops may cause dizziness or drowsiness, which can impair your ability to drive or operate machinery. You should wait until you can see clearly before driving or operating heavy machinery.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Betoptic Eyedrops?
If you miss a dose of Betoptic Eyedrops, apply it as soon as you remember. If it is close to the time of your next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your regular dosing schedule. Do not double up on doses.
Can I use Betoptic Eyedrops if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
You should discuss the risks and benefits of using Betoptic Eyedrops during pregnancy or while breastfeeding with your doctor before using this medication.
How long will it take for Betoptic Eyedrops to start working?
The amount of time it takes for Betoptic Eyedrops to start working may vary depending on the individual. You should continue to take the medication as directed by your doctor, even if you do not feel any immediate effects.
It's important to purchase Betoptic Eyedrops from verified Canadian pharmacy.