Timolol should not be stopped abruptly without first consulting your doctor. Some people may get chest pain or a heart attack if timolol is abruptly stopped.
Why is this medication prescribed?
Timolol helps patients survive longer after a heart attack and is used to treat excessive blood pressure. It is additionally used to stop migraines from occurring. Timolol belongs to a group of drugs known as beta blockers. It improves blood flow and lowers blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels and lowering heart rate.
High blood pressure is a common illness that, if left untreated, can harm the kidneys, brain, heart, blood vessels, and other organs. Heart disease, a heart attack, heart failure, a stroke, renal failure, eyesight loss, and other issues may result from damage to these organs. Making lifestyle modifications will help you control your blood pressure in addition to taking medication. These adjustments include quitting smoking, drinking alcohol in moderation, eating a diet low in fat and salt, keeping a healthy weight, and exercising for at least 30 minutes most days.
How should this medicine be used?
Timolol is available as an oral tablet. Typically, it is taken once or twice a day. Timolol should be taken at the same time(s) each day to help you remember to take it. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Timolol should be taken as prescribed. Never take it in larger or less amounts or more frequently than directed by your doctor.
Although it won’t heal your illness, timolol can help you manage it. Even if you feel good, keep taking the timolol medication. Without consulting your doctor, never discontinue taking timolol.
Other uses for this medicine
Timolol is occasionally utilised to stop angina (chest pain). Discuss the dangers of using this drug for your illness with your doctor.
You should speak with your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you want to take this drug for a different purpose.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before taking timolol,
- If you have an allergy to timolol, any other drugs, or any of the substances in timolol tablets, tell your doctor and pharmacist very away. Request a list of the components from your pharmacist.
- Inform your physician and pharmacist about all prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal products you are taking. Incorporate any of the following: Aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) include ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), clonidine (Catapres, Kapvay, in Clorpres), digoxin (Lanoxin), diltiazem (Cardizem, Cartia XT, Dilacor, Tiazac, and others), medications for glaucoma (Calan, Covera, Verelan).
- Inform your doctor if you have or have ever had thyroid issues, heart, liver, or renal disease, severe allergies, diabetes, or any of the aforementioned conditions.
- Inform your doctor if you are expecting, intend to get pregnant, or are nursing a baby. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking timolol.
- Inform your doctor or dentist that you are taking timolol if you are having surgery, including dental surgery.
- You should be aware that this medicine may cause you to feel sleepy. Prior to understanding how this drug affects you, avoid using machinery or driving a car.
- Keep in mind that drinking alcohol can worsen the drowsiness brought on by this drug.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Keep eating normally unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
If you miss a dosage, take it as soon as you recall. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second one.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Timolol could have negative effects. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:
- Feeling unsteady or lightheaded
- Extreme fatigue
- Chilly fingers and feet
Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Having trouble breathing
- Swollen hands or feet
- Unexpected weight increase
- Chest ache
- Sluggish, unsteady heartbeat
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.
In case of emergency/overdose
Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Additionally, information can be found online at https://www.poisonhelp.org/help. Call 911 right once if the person has collapsed, experienced a seizure, is having difficulty breathing, or cannot be roused.
What other information should I know?
Keep all of your appointments with your physician and the lab. Your doctor needs to ascertain how you react to timolol. Your physician could instruct you to take your pulse (heart rate). To learn how to take your pulse, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Call your doctor if your pulse is abnormally fast or slow.
No one else should take your medication. 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.