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Ocupress Side Effects

Generic Name: carteolol ophthalmic

Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug carteolol ophthalmic. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Ocupress.

It is possible that some side effects of Ocupress may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.

For the Consumer

Applies to carteolol ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution

As well as its needed effects, carteolol ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Ocupress) may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

If any of the following side effects occur while taking carteolol ophthalmic, check with your doctor immediately:

Less common
  • Blurred vision
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • confusion
  • dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position suddenly
  • shortness of breath
  • slow or irregular heartbeat
  • sweating
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
Incidence not determined
  • Blue lips, fingernails, or skin
  • blurred, cloudy, or yellow vision
  • change in color vision
  • confusion
  • cough
  • decreased urine output
  • decreased vision after sunset and before sunrise
  • difficult or labored breathing
  • difficulty seeing at night
  • dilated neck veins
  • discoloration of white part of eye
  • disturbed color perception
  • drainage from the eye
  • drooping upper eyelids
  • double vision
  • extreme fatigue
  • eye redness, irritation, pain, burning, or tearing
  • fast heartbeat
  • fever
  • halos around lights
  • hives
  • hoarseness
  • inability to speak
  • increase in blood flow to the whites of the eyes
  • increased sensitivity of eyes to sunlight
  • irregular, fast or slow, or shallow breathing
  • irritation
  • itching
  • joint pain, stiffness, or swelling
  • loss of vision
  • night blindness
  • noisy breathing
  • overbright appearance of lights
  • pain or tenderness around eyes and cheekbones
  • pounding or rapid pulse
  • rash
  • redness of skin
  • redness, swelling, and/or itching of eye and eyelid
  • seeing double
  • seizures
  • severe numbness, especially on one side of the face or body
  • severe or sudden headache
  • slurred speech
  • stuffy or runny nose
  • swelling of eyelids, face, fingers, lips, hands, feet, or lower legs
  • temporary blindness
  • tightness in chest
  • tiredness
  • troubled breathing
  • tunnel vision
  • unusual feeling in the eyes
  • weakness in arm and/or leg on one side of the body, sudden and severe
  • weight gain
  • wheezing

Some carteolol ophthalmic side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

Incidence not determined
  • Change in taste or bad, unusual, or unpleasant (after) taste
  • discouragement
  • feeling sad or empty
  • headache
  • irritability
  • lack of appetite
  • lack or loss of strength
  • loss of interest or pleasure
  • nausea
  • sleeplessness
  • trouble concentrating
  • trouble sleeping
  • unable to sleep

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to carteolol ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution


The most commonly reported side effects were transient eye irritation, burning, tearing, conjunctival hyperemia, and edema.[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Transient eye irritation (25%), burning (25%), tearing (25%), conjunctival hyperemia (25%), edema (25%)
Frequency not reported: Blurred/cloudy vision, photophobia, decreased night vision, ptosis, ocular signs (including blepharoconjunctivitis, abnormal corneal staining, corneal sensitivity), keratitis, blepharoptosis, visual disturbances including refractive changes (due to withdrawal of miotic therapy in some cases), diplopia, sensation of foreign body, conjunctivitis, choroidal detachment following filtration surgery, dry eyes, corneal erosion[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Bradycardia, palpitations, arrhythmia, syncope, heart block, cerebral vascular accident, cerebral ischemia, congestive heart failure, chest pain, atrioventricular block, cardiac arrest, cardiac failure, hypotension, Raynaud's phenomenon, cold hands and feet[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Angioedema, urticaria, localized and generalized rash, pruritus, anaphylactic reaction[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Alopecia, psoriasiform rash or exacerbation of psoriasis[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Dyspnea, sinusitis, bronchospasm (predominantly in patients with pre-existing bronchospastic disease), respiratory failure, cough[Ref]

Nervous system

Frequency not reported: Headache, dizziness, taste perversion, memory loss, syncope, increases in signs and symptoms of myasthenia gravis, paresthesia, dysgeusia[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Insomnia, depression, nightmares[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Nausea, diarrhea, dry mouth, abdominal pain, vomiting, dyspepsia[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Sexual dysfunction, decreased libido[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Hypoglycemia, masked symptoms of hypoglycemia in insulin-dependent diabetics[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Myalgia[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Asthenia, malaise, discomfort, edema, fatigue[Ref]


1. "Product Information. Ocupress (carteolol ophthalmic)" Ciba Vision Ophthalmics, Duluth, GA.

2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0

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