Betaxolol (Into the eye)

Introduction

Betaxolol (be-TAX-oh-lol)

Treats glaucoma. This medicine is a beta blocker.

Brand Name(s)

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

Betoptic S

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not use this medicine if you have asthma or if you have had an allergic reaction to betaxolol or other beta blocker medicines such as timolol (Timoptic®) or levobunolol (Betagan®).

How to Use This Medicine

Drop

  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to. This medicine is not for long-term use.
  • Wash your hands before and after using the medicine.
  • Shake the eye drops well just before each use.
  • Lie down or tilt your head back. With your index finger, pull down the lower lid of your eye to form a pocket.
  • To use the eye drops: Hold the dropper close to your eye with the other hand. Drop the correct number of drops into the pocket made between your lower lid and eyeball. Gently close your eyes. Place your index finger over the inner corner of your eye for 1 minute. Do not rinse or wipe the dropper or allow it to touch anything, including your eye. Put the cap on the bottle right away. Keep the bottle upright when you are not using it.

If a dose is missed:

  • If dosing schedule is once a day, apply as soon as possible. If not remembered until the next day, use only once that day.
  • If dosing schedule is more than once a day, use as soon as possible unless it is almost time for the next dose. If almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule.
  • You should not use two doses at the same time.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine

  • Store the medicine at room temperature, away from heat and direct light.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and never share your medicine with anyone.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Check with your doctor before using if you have emphysema, asthma, bronchitis, heart disease, thyroid disorders, or diabetes.
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk with your doctor before using this medicine.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Severe eye irritation or inflammation.
  • Slow or irregular heartbeat
  • Chest pain.
  • Wheezing or difficulty breathing

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Stinging or burning of the eye(s).
  • Redness, itching or watery eye(s).
  • Eye(s) sensitive to light.
  • Dizziness, drowsiness, or confusion.
  • Decreased sexual ability

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

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