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Timoptic Eyedrops is a medication that is used to treat increased pressure in the eyes caused by glaucoma or other eye conditions. By lowering high pressure, Timoptic Eyedrops inside the eye help to prevent blindness. It comes in the form of eye drops, which are applied directly into the affected eye(s) to help lower the intraocular pressure.
Timoptic Eyedrops contains the active ingredient timolol, which belongs to the class of beta-blockers. Timolol works by decreasing the amount of fluid within the eye.
Use and Dosage
To apply Timoptic Eye drops, wash your hands first. To avoid contamination, do not touch the dropper tip or let it touch your eye or any other surface. If you are wearing contact lenses, remove them before using eye drops. Wait at least 15 minutes before replacing your contact lenses. To use Timoptic Eyedrops (Timolol) properly, follow these steps:
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
- If you wear contact lenses, remove them before administering the eye drops.
- Tilt your head back and look up towards the ceiling.
- Using one hand, gently pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket.
- Hold the dropper directly over your eye and place one drop into the pocket.
- Release your lower eyelid and close your eyes for 1-2 minutes.
- Gently press a finger against the inner corner of your eye (near the nose) for 1-2 minutes. This helps to prevent the medication from draining out of the eye and into the tear duct.
- If you need to apply drops to both eyes, repeat the above steps for the other eye.
Use Timoptic exactly as directed by a healthcare provider. Do not use more than recommended or skip doses. Contact a healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns about how to use this medication.
Common Side Effects of Timoptic Eyedrops (Timolol):
- Burning or stinging in your eye
- Dry eyes
- Feeling like something is in your eye
- Itching in your eye
- Red or puffy eyelids
Serious Side Effects of Timoptic Eyedrops (Timolol):
- Blurred vision
- Chest pain
- Eye pain
- Eye swelling, redness, severe discomfort, crusting or drainage
- Muscle weakness
- Numbness or cold feeling in your hands and feet
- Seeing halos around lights
- Severe stinging or burning after using the eye drops
- Slow heartbeats
- Trouble breathing
- Tunnel vision
- Unusual thoughts or behavior
Forms and Strength
Timoptic Eyedrops (Timolol) is available in the following forms and strength:
Timoptic Eyedrops: Eye drops
Timolol: Eye drops
- Hypersensitivity: Prior allergic reactions to Timolol or other beta-blockers. Symptoms of an allergic reaction can include difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, tongue, or throat, and hives.
- Respiratory Issues: Timolol can cause breathing difficulties in individuals with preexisting lung diseases such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
- Cardiovascular Conditions: Timolol can cause serious cardiovascular adverse reactions, such as a heart block and a slower heart rate. Therefore, it should be used with caution in patients with existing heart conditions.
- Diabetes: Timolol can mask certain symptoms of low blood sugar and should be used with caution in people with diabetes.
- Kidney and Liver Disease: Timolol can exacerbate the effects of poor kidney or liver function, so caution should be exercised when prescribing this medication to patients with these conditions.
- Thyroid disease: Timolol can mask certain signs and symptoms of an overactive thyroid or thyroid storm.
- Ocular Conditions: Timolol may cause dryness or irritation of the eyes or worsening vision in patients with preexisting ocular conditions.
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Timolol may not be suitable for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding, talk with a healthcare provider before using this medication in these circumstances.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can Timoptic cause blurred vision?
Timoptic can cause temporary vision changes in some people, including blurred vision. If you experience persistent or severe vision changes while using Timoptic, contact a healthcare provider right away.
How long does it take for Timoptic to start working?
Timoptic can start reducing eye pressure within 30 minutes to 1 hour after administration.
Can Timoptic be used in children?
Timolol may be used in children in certain circumstances, but dosage and administration may need to be adjusted based on age and weight. Consult with a healthcare provider before using Timoptic in children.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Timoptic?
If you miss a dose of Timoptic, use the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule.
How should Timoptic be stored?
Timoptic should be stored at room temperature and away from direct light or excessive heat. Make sure the dropper tip does not touch any surface to prevent contamination.
It's important to purchase Timoptic Eyedrops from verified Canadian pharmacy.