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Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension

Generic Name: betaxolol (be-TAX-oh-lol)
Brand Name: Betoptic-S

Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension is used for:

Treating increased pressure in the eye (ocular hypertension) and open-angle glaucoma. It may be used alone or with other medicines. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension is a beta-blocker for use in the eye. It works by decreasing fluid production and pressure inside the eye.

Do NOT use Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension
  • you have greater than first-degree heart block, shock caused by severe heart problems, uncontrolled heart failure, or a very slow heartbeat

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension:

Some medical conditions may interact with Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have bronchitis, narrow-angle glaucoma (angle-closure glaucoma), double vision, a drooping eyelid, an eye infection or injury, certain muscle problems (eg, myasthenia gravis, muscle weakness), or an overactive thyroid
  • if you have a history of lung or breathing problems (eg, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD]), heart problems (eg, heart failure, irregular heartbeat), diabetes, low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia), or blood vessel problems (eg, in the brain, in the hands and feet)
  • if you have had or will be having eye surgery
  • if you are taking an oral beta-blocker (eg, metoprolol)

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Diltiazem, flecainide, or verapamil because they may increase the risk of Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension's side effects
  • Alfuzosin or prazosin because if low blood pressure occurs after their first dose, Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension may cause it to be more severe or to last longer
  • Clonidine because high blood pressure may occur in some cases, especially if you suddenly stop taking clonidine while taking Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension
  • Insulin or oral diabetes medicines (eg, glyburide) because the risk of low blood sugar levels may be increased
  • Reserpine because the risk of its side effects may be increased by Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension:

Use Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • If you use other medicines in the eye, use them at least 10 minutes before using Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension.
  • Shake well before each use.
  • To use Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension in the eye, first, wash your hands. Tilt your head back. Using your index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch. Instill Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension into your eye as directed. Gently close your eyes. Immediately use your finger to apply pressure to the inside corner of the eyelid (unless you recently had eye surgery) for 1 to 2 minutes. Do not blink.
  • Remove excess medicine around your eye with a clean, dry tissue, being careful not to touch your eye. Wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them.
  • Ask your doctor how to use your contact lenses while using Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension.
  • To prevent germs from contaminating your medicine, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface, including the eye. Keep the container tightly closed.
  • Using Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension at the same time each day will help you remember to use it.
  • Continue to use Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
  • If you miss a dose of Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension.

Important safety information:

  • Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or blurred vision. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • If you have a history of any severe allergic reaction, talk with your doctor. You may be at risk of an even more severe allergic reaction if you come into contact with the substance that caused your allergy. Some medicines used to treat severe allergies may also not work as well while you are using Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension.
  • Diabetes patients - Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension may hide signs of low blood sugar, such as a rapid heartbeat. Be sure to watch for other signs of low blood sugar. Low blood sugar may make you anxious, sweaty, weak, dizzy, drowsy, or faint. It may also make your vision change; give you a headache, chills, or tremors; or make you more hungry. Check blood sugar levels closely. Ask your doctor before you change the dose of your diabetes medicine.
  • Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension may cause harm if it is swallowed. If you may have taken it by mouth, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
  • Lab tests, including eye pressure checks, may be performed while you use Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Blurred vision; crusty lashes; dry eyes; mild burning, stinging, itching, or tearing; mild eye discomfort, pain, redness, or discharge; sensation of something in the eye.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); drooping eyelid; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; sensitivity to light; severe or persistent dizziness; shortness of breath; slow or irregular heartbeat; sudden, unexplained weight gain; swelling of the hands, ankles, legs, or feet; unusual weakness; vision changes (eg, decreased vision clearness, double vision); wheezing.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include dizziness; fainting; shortness of breath; slow heartbeat; sudden, unexplained weight gain; swelling of the hands, ankles, legs, or feet. Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension:

Store Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension upright between 36 and 77 degrees F (2 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Betaxolol Opthalmic Suspension.

Review Date: November 3, 2016

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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