Betoptic (Generic Betaxolol Ophthalmic)
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Why is this medication prescribed?
Glaucoma, a disorder in which elevated pressure in the eye can cause a gradual loss of vision, is treated with ophthalmic betaxolol. A group of medicines known as beta blockers includes betaxolol. It operates by lowering the eye’s pressure.
How should this medicine be used?
Both a solution and a suspension of ophthalmic betaxolol are available for instilling into the eyes. Betaxolol for the eyes is typically used twice daily. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Implement betaxolol exactly as advised. Use it only as directed by your doctor, neither more nor less often.
Glaucoma cannot be cured but is controlled by betaxolol eye drops. Even if you feel better, continue to use the betaxolol eye drops. Without consulting your doctor, never discontinue using betaxolol eye drops.
Follow these steps to administer the eye drops:
- Use soap and water to thoroughly wash your hands.
- If you want to know if you need to shake the eye drops before using them, check the label on your bottle. If the label instructs you to, shake the bottle thoroughly.
- Make sure the dropper tip is not broken or chipped by inspecting it.
- Eye drops and droppers must be kept clean; avoid contacting the dropper tip to your eye or anything else.
- Pull your lower eyelid down to create a pocket with your index finger while cocking your head back.
- With your other hand, place the dropper as near to your eye as you can without touching it, tip down.
- Place the hand’s remaining fingers to your face.
- For information on how to administer your dose, refer to the directions that came with your prescription. To dispense one drop of medication into the pocket created by the lower eyelid, you must either gently squeeze the bottle’s sides or push the bottle’s bottom. Your index finger should be taken off the lower eyelid.
- Tip your head down so that you are looking at the floor while closing your eyes for two to three minutes. Avoid blinking or squeezing your eyelids.
- Give the tear duct a slight squeeze with your finger.
- Use a tissue to remove any extra liquid from your face.
- Wait at least 5 minutes before administering the subsequent drop if you need to use more than one in the same eye.
- Replace and secure the dropper bottle’s cap. Never rinse or clean the dropper tip.
- To get rid of any medication, wash your hands.
Other uses for this medicine
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you believe this drug should be used for something else.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before using betaxolol eye drops,
- If you have an allergy to betaxolol or any other medication, inform your doctor and pharmacist right away.
- Inform your physician and pharmacist about all prescription and over-the-counter medications you are taking, especially any eye medications, beta blockers like atenolol (Tenormin), carteolol (Cartrol), labetalol (Normodyne, Trandate), metoprolol (Lopressor), nadolol (Corgard), propranolol (Inderal), sotalol (Betapace), or timolol (B
- Inform your doctor if you have diabetes, congestive heart failure, thyroid, heart, or lung problems now or ever had any of these conditions.
- Inform your doctor if you are expecting, intend to get pregnant, or are nursing a baby. Call your doctor right away if you find out you’re pregnant while taking betaxolol.
- Inform the surgeon or dentist that you are using betaxolol if you are undergoing surgery, including dental surgery.
- Betaxolol should be administered at least 10 minutes before any other topical eye medications, if any.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Instill the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not instill a double dose to make up for a missed one.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Side effects from betaxolol eye drops are possible. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:
- Eye discomfort
- Teary eyes
Some adverse effects can be very harmful. Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Having trouble breathing
- Visional alteration
- Eye discomfort
You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).
What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Store it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom).
As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning. http://www.upandaway.org
Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p for additional information.
What other information should I know?
Keep all of your doctor’s appointments. To determine how you will react to betaxolol, your doctor will prescribe specific eye exams.
Do not share your medication with anybody else. Any queries you may have regarding medication refills should be directed to your pharmacist.
You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.
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