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Metipranolol ophthalmic Side Effects

For the Consumer

Applies to metipranolol ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by metipranolol ophthalmic. In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

Major Side Effects

You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking metipranolol ophthalmic:

Incidence not determined
  • Bloody nose
  • blurred vision
  • burning, dry, or itching eyes
  • changes in vision
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • cough producing mucus
  • difficult or labored breathing
  • difficulty in moving
  • difficulty seeing at night
  • difficulty swallowing
  • discharge, excessive tearing
  • fast, slow, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
  • headache
  • hives
  • increased sensitivity of eyes to sunlight
  • itching
  • lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting
  • muscle pain or stiffness
  • nausea
  • nervousness
  • pain in forehead
  • pain or discomfort in arms, jaw, back, or neck
  • pain, swelling, or redness in joints
  • pounding in the ears
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • redness, pain, swelling, or itching of the eye, eyelid, or inner lining of eyelid
  • shortness of breath
  • skin rash
  • sweating
  • tightness in chest
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • wheezing
  • vomiting

If any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking metipranolol ophthalmic, get emergency help immediately:

Symptoms of overdose:
  • Confusion
  • dilated neck veins
  • dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position suddenly
  • extreme fatigue
  • irregular breathing
  • swelling of face, fingers, feet, or lower legs
  • weight gain

Minor Side Effects

Some of the side effects that can occur with metipranolol ophthalmic may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

Incidence not determined
  • Discouragement
  • feeling sad or empty
  • irritability
  • lack of appetite
  • lack or loss of strength
  • loss of interest or pleasure
  • muscle aching or cramping
  • runny nose
  • sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
  • sneezing
  • stuffy nose
  • tiredness
  • trouble concentrating
  • trouble sleeping

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to metipranolol ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution


The most commonly reported side effects were abnormal vision, blurred vision, conjunctivitis, and tearing.[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Abnormal vision, blepharitis, blurred vision, browache, conjunctivitis, edema, eyelid dermatitis, photophobia, tearing, uveitis, eye discomfort[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Angina, atrial fibrillation, bradycardia, hypertension, palpitation, myocardial infarct[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Bronchitis, coughing, dyspnea, epistaxis, rhinitis[Ref]

Nervous system

Frequency not reported: Dizziness, headache, nervousness, somnolence[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Allergic reaction[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Anxiety, depression[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Arthritis, myalgia[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Asthenia[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Nausea[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Rash[Ref]


1. "Product Information. OptiPranolol (metipranolol)." Bausch and Lomb, Tampa, FL.

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

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