Generic Name(s): betaxolol ophthalmic
Drug Class: Beta blockers
Treats: open-angle glaucoma, ocular hypertension
Betoptic (betaxolol ophthalmic) is a beta-blocker that works by reducing pressure inside the eye. Betoptic is mainly used alone or with other medications to reduce high pressure in the eye caused by glaucoma or other eye diseases. Reducing eye pressure helps in preventing blindness. However, this medication may also be used for other conditions as determined by the doctor. Consult the doctor for more information.
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Betoptic is used as a beta-blocker to reduce high pressure in the eye, also called ocular hypertension. This medication is used to treat open-angle glaucoma and other eye diseases that cause a high pressure inside the eye. Betoptic works by reducing high pressure in the eye which helps in preventing eye blindness. As a beta-blocker, Betoptic works by decreasing the amount of fluid that is made inside the eye. The high pressure in the eye is mainly caused by glaucoma and other eye diseases such as ocular hypertension. However, this medication may also be used for other conditions as determined by the doctor. Do not use this medicine of you are allergic to it or have asthma or slow heartbeats. Consult the doctor if any of these conditions applies to you.
- high pressure in the eye
- open-angle glaucoma
- other eye diseases
Betoptic dosage is administered in the form of ophthalmic suspension. This dosage is only used for treating patients with high pressure in the eye or glaucoma. The dosage depends on the patient's condition. The dosage also depends on the strength of the medicine. Do not start, stop or change the dosage without consulting your doctor. Note, overuse or unnecessary use of this medicine can lead to ineffectiveness of the medicine or cause serious side effects. Below you will find a typical dosage of Betoptic.
- Instill one drop of Betoptic in the affected eye(s) twice daily
- Betoptic may be used alone or in combination with other intraocular pressure lowering medications
Wash your hands first before applying this medicine to avoid contamination. Do not blink or rub the eye after applying. Follow the prescription details on the label exactly or as prescribed by the doctor.
Betoptic Side Effects
Betoptic has some side effects which are not harmful if detected and treated early enough. It has some needed and some unwanted side effects. However, not all the side effects that may be reported. Some unwanted side effects need to be reported for medication. In the event that severe or persistent side effect occurs, seek medical attention immediately. Below you will find a list of side effects associated with Betoptic. Note that not all possible side effects are listed.
- Pain in the eye
- Blistering, peeling, or loosening of skin
- blue lips, fingernails, or skin
- blurred vision
- change in color vision
- chest pain or discomfort
Rare side effects
- crusting of eyelashes
- decreased urine output
- decreased vision
- different size pupils of the eyes
- difficulty breathing, chewing, swallowing, or talking
- difficulty seeing at night
- dilated neck veins
- double vision
- drainage from eyes
- drooping eyelids
- extreme fatigue
Betoptic has some known drug interactions. It is known to interact with a total of over 400 other types of medicines. However, consult your doctor first before combining any medicine to avoid further complications. Do not combine drugs without permission from your doctor. Inform your doctor of all prescription and non-prescription drugs you are currently using. Avoid combining any medication anyhow without consulting the doctor. Below are some of the drugs that interact with Betoptic. Note all possible interactions are listed.
- Travatan (travoprost ophthalmic)
- Trusopt (dorzolamide ophthalmic)
- Xalatan (latanoprost ophthalmic)
- Azopt (brinzolamide ophthalmic)
- Colace (docusate)
- Lasix (furosemide)
- Norvasc (amlodipine)
- Travatan (travoprost ophthalmic)