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Timoptic Ocudose drops

Generic Name: timolol (TIM-oh-lol)
Brand Name: Timoptic Ocudose

Timoptic Ocudose drops are used for:

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

Timoptic Ocudose drops are a beta-blocker. It works by decreasing fluid production and pressure inside the eye.

Do NOT use Timoptic Ocudose drops if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Timoptic Ocudose drops
  • you have severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or a history of asthma
  • you have moderate to severe heart block, heart failure, or an unusually slow heartbeat
  • you are in shock caused by severe heart problems
  • you are using another beta-blocker eye drop (eg, betaxolol)

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

Before using Timoptic Ocudose drops:

Some medical conditions may interact with Timoptic Ocudose drops. 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 a history of lung or breathing problems (eg, COPD, emphysema, bronchitis), heart problems, diabetes, low blood sugar, an overactive thyroid, blood vessel problems, or certain muscle problems (eg, myasthenia gravis, muscle weakness)
  • if you have had eye surgery, or you have an eye infection or injury, a drooping eyelid, or other eye problems (eg, narrow-angle glaucoma, double vision)
  • if you will be having surgery
  • if you wear contact lenses

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

  • Certain antiarrhythmics (eg, disopyramide, flecainide, quinidine), calcium channel blockers (eg, diltiazem, verapamil), cimetidine, digoxin, reserpine, or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) (eg, fluoxetine) because serious heart problems or low blood pressure may occur
  • Clonidine because high blood pressure may occur in some cases, especially if you suddenly stop taking clonidine while taking Timoptic Ocudose drops
  • Insulin or oral antidiabetics (eg, glyburide, repaglinide) because the risk of low blood sugar (eg, dizziness, headache, hunger, shakiness or weakness, sweating) or slow heart rate may be increased. Timoptic Ocudose drops may also hide certain signs of low blood sugar
  • Alpha-blockers (eg, alfuzosin, prazosin), oral beta-blockers (eg, propranolol), or other beta-blocker eye drops (eg, betaxolol) because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Timoptic Ocudose drops
  • Epinephrine, certain sympathomimetics (eg, albuterol, salmeterol), or theophylline because their effectiveness may be decreased by Timoptic Ocudose drops

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Timoptic Ocudose drops 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 Timoptic Ocudose drops:

Use Timoptic Ocudose drops as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Timoptic Ocudose drops are only for the eye. Do not get it in your nose or mouth.
  • To use Timoptic Ocudose drops 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. Drop the medicine into the pouch and gently close your eyes. Immediately use your finger to apply pressure to the inside corner of the eye 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.
  • There is no preservative in Timoptic Ocudose drops. It is for one-time use only. Use the product immediately after opening. Throw away the individual unit and any remaining medicine in it immediately after use.
  • If you use any other medicines in the eye, they should be used at least 10 minutes before or after Timoptic Ocudose drops.
  • Use Timoptic Ocudose drops on a regular schedule to get the most benefit from it. Using it at the same time each day will help you remember.
  • Continue to use Timoptic Ocudose drops even if your condition improves. Do not miss any doses.
  • If you miss a dose of Timoptic Ocudose drops, 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 Timoptic Ocudose drops.

Important safety information:

  • Timoptic Ocudose drops may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or blurred vision. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Timoptic Ocudose drops 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 Timoptic Ocudose drops before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Contact your doctor if you have an eye injury or infection, or if you will be having eye surgery.
  • Diabetes patients - Timoptic Ocudose drops 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.
  • If you have a history of any severe allergic reaction, talk with your doctor. You may be at risk for 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 Timoptic Ocudose drops.
  • Timoptic Ocudose drops 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 exams and eye pressure, may be performed while you use Timoptic Ocudose drops. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Timoptic Ocudose drops should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Timoptic Ocudose drops while you are pregnant. Timoptic Ocudose drops are found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Timoptic Ocudose drops.

Possible side effects of Timoptic Ocudose drops:

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; dizziness; dry eyes; feeling that something is in your eye; headache; increased tear production; minor burning, itching, or stinging of the eye; nausea.

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); chest pain or discomfort; confusion; eye irritation, swelling, pain, or discharge; eyelid pain, redness, scaling, drooping, or swelling; fainting; mental or mood changes; one-sided weakness; pain, numbness, weakness, or tingling of an arm or leg; severe or persistent headache or dizziness; shortness of breath; slow or irregular heartbeat; slurred speech; sudden unusual weight gain; swelling of the hands, ankles, or feet; very cold or blue fingers or toes; vision changes; 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. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include chest pain; difficulty breathing or shortness of breath; severe or persistent dizziness or headache; slow or irregular heartbeat.

Proper storage of Timoptic Ocudose drops:

Store Timoptic Ocudose drops at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not freeze. Store in the original foil pouch until just before use. Use the unit dose containers within 1 month after the foil pouch has been opened. Keep Timoptic Ocudose drops out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Timoptic Ocudose drops, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Timoptic Ocudose drops are 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 Timoptic Ocudose drops 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 Timoptic Ocudose drops. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Timoptic Ocudose drops. 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 Timoptic Ocudose drops.

Review Date: August 8, 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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