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Betoptic S is a medication used to treat high pressure inside the eye due to glaucoma or other eye diseases. The active ingredient in Betoptic S is betaxolol hydrochloride, which belongs to a group of medications called beta-blockers. Betoptic S works by reducing the amount of fluid produced in the eye, thereby decreasing the pressure inside the eye.
Use and Dosage
Betoptic S Eyedrops is one drop in the affected eye(s) two times each day.
To use Betoptic S Eyedrops, follow the dosing instructions provided by your doctor:
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
- Shake the bottle well before using.
- Tilt your head back and pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket.
- Hold the bottle above the affected eye and gently squeeze one drop into the pocket without touching the eye or eyelid.
- Close your eye and gently press your finger against the inner corner for 1-2 minutes to prevent the medication from draining out of the eye.
- If you need to use drops in both eyes, repeat these steps for the other eye.
Do not touch the tip of the bottle to any surface, including your eye or fingers, to avoid contamination. Also, wait at least 10 minutes before using other eye medications.
Use Betoptic S Eyedrops exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, instill it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not instill a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Common Side Effects of Betoptic S Eyedrops (Betaxolol):
- Blurred vision (temporary)
- Changed sense of taste
- Crusting of eyelashes
- Decreased night vision
- Dryness of eye
- Feeling of "something in the eye"
- Increased sensitivity of eye to light
- Itching, stinging, burning, or watering of the eye
Serious Side Effects of Betoptic S Eyedrops (Betaxolol):
- Differently sized pupils
- Droopy upper eyelid
- Eye pain
- Irregular, fast, slow, or pounding heartbeat
- Muscle weakness
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Swelling or inflammation of eye or eyelid
- Swelling of the feet, ankles, or lower legs
- Symptoms of an allergic reaction such as difficulty breathing, hives, or itchy skin rash
Forms and Strength
Betoptic S Eyedrops (Betaxolol) is available in the following forms and strength:
Betoptic S Eyedrops: Eyedrops
- Betoptic S is available only with a doctor's prescription, consult with a healthcare professional before using the medication.
- Individuals with asthma, severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or a history of bronchospasm or other breathing problems should use Betoptic S with caution, as it can worsen respiratory symptoms.
- Betoptic S should be used with caution in individuals with a history of heart disease, including heart failure or a slow heart rate.
- Betoptic S can interact with other medications, inform your doctor about all medications being taken.
- Betoptic S should be used with caution in diabetic patients, as beta-blockers can mask the signs and symptoms of acute hypoglycemia. The long-term use of Betoptic S can lead to changes in the cornea.
- Betoptic S should be used with caution in patients with myasthenia gravis, a neuromuscular condition that affects muscle strength.
- Betoptic S has the potential to cause eye irritation, including burning, stinging, and itching, as well as changes in vision such as blurred vision and increased sensitivity to light.
- Betoptic S should not be used in patients with certain medical conditions, including severe kidney disease and a type of heart condition called cardiogenic shock.
- Betoptic S should be used with caution in patients with a history of depression or other mental health conditions, as beta-blockers can worsen these conditions.
- The use of Betoptic S during pregnancy and breastfeeding is not recommended, as the effects of the medication on a developing fetus or infant are unknown.
- Betoptic S can cause dizziness or lightheadedness, so patients should avoid driving or using machinery until they know how the medication affects them.
- Betoptic S should not be used in patients with a known allergy to betaxolol or any of the other ingredients in the medication.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can Betoptic S Eyedrops interact with other medications?
Yes, Betoptic S Eyedrops can interact with other medications. Inform your doctor about all medications you are taking or planning to take.
Can Betoptic S Eyedrops be used during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
The use of Betoptic S Eyedrops during pregnancy and breastfeeding is not recommended until the potential benefits outweigh the risks.
Can Betoptic S Eyedrops cause dizziness or lightheadedness?
Yes, Betoptic S Eyedrops can cause dizziness or lightheadedness. Avoid driving or using machinery until you know how the medication affects you.
How long can Betoptic S Eyedrops be used?
The duration of treatment with Betoptic S Eyedrops will depend on the condition being treated. Consult with your doctor for more information.
It's important to purchase Betoptic S Eyedrops from verified Canadian pharmacy.