Azopt Side Effects

Generic Name: brinzolamide ophthalmic

Note: This page contains information about the side effects of brinzolamide ophthalmic. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name Azopt.

Not all side effects for Azopt may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

For the Consumer

Applies to brinzolamide ophthalmic: ophthalmic suspension

Along with its needed effects, brinzolamide ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Azopt) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking brinzolamide ophthalmic:

More common
  • Blurred vision
Less common
  • Discharge from the eye
  • dry eyes
  • redness, soreness, irritation, or pain of the eye or eyelid
  • skin rash
  • Chest pain
  • cough
  • crusting in the corner of the eye
  • difficulty with swallowing
  • dizziness
  • double vision
  • excessive muscle tone
  • eye redness, irritation, or pain
  • fast heartbeat
  • hives
  • itching, swelling, or other signs of eye or eyelid irritation
  • kidney pain
  • muscle stiffness
  • muscle tension or tightness
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • seeing double
  • shortness of breath
  • sore throat
  • tightness in the chest
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • wheezing
Incidence not known
  • Abdominal or stomach pain
  • blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
  • chills
  • clay-colored stools
  • dark urine
  • diarrhea
  • fever with or without chills
  • general feeling of tiredness or weakness
  • headache
  • hoarseness
  • joint or muscle pain
  • loss of appetite
  • lower back or side pain
  • nausea
  • painful or difficult urination
  • red or irritated eyes
  • red skin lesions, often with a purple center
  • sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
  • swollen or painful glands
  • unpleasant breath odor
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • vomiting of blood
  • yellow eyes or skin

Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking brinzolamide ophthalmic:

Symptoms of overdose
  • Confusion
  • irregular heartbeat
  • muscle cramps or pain
  • numbness, tingling, pain, or weakness in the hands or feet
  • seizures
  • trembling
  • weakness and heaviness of the legs

Some side effects of brinzolamide ophthalmic may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common
  • Bitter, sour, or other unusual taste
Less common
  • Burning, stinging, or discomfort when medicine is applied
  • dry eyes
  • feeling of something in the eye
  • runny nose
  • sneezing
  • stuffy nose
  • Acid or sour stomach
  • belching
  • body aches or pain
  • congestion
  • difficult or labored breathing
  • dry mouth
  • hair loss
  • heartburn
  • hives or welts
  • indigestion
  • stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
  • tender, swollen glands in the neck
  • thinning of the hair
  • voice changes

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to brinzolamide ophthalmic: ophthalmic suspension


Ocular side effects have included blurred vision in 5% to 10% of patients. Blepharitis, dry eye, foreign body sensation, hyperemia, ocular discharge, ocular discomfort, ocular keratitis, ocular pruritus, and ocular pain have been reported in 1% to 5% of patients. Tearing, keratoconjunctivitis, conjunctivitis, keratopathy, eye fatigue and eyelid crusting have been reported in less than 1% of patients.


Hypersensitivity reactions have been reported in less than 1% of patients.


Other side effects have included bitter, sour, or unusual taste in 5% to 10% of patients.

Nervous system

Nervous system side effects have included headache (5% to 10%) and dizziness (<1%).


Dermatologic side effects have included dermatitis (1% to 5%), alopecia (<1%), and urticaria (<1%).


Gastrointestinal side effects have included nausea, diarrhea, dry mouth, and dyspepsia in less than 1% of patients.


Respiratory side effects included rhinitis (1% to 5%), pharyngitis (<1%), and dyspnea (< 1%).


Cardiovascular side effects have rarely included chest pain (<1%).


Musculoskeletal side effects have rarely included hypertonia (<1%).


Renal side effects have included kidney pain in less than 1% of patients.

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