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Timoptol® 0.25% Eye Drops Solution/Timolol 0.25% Eye Drops Solution
Timoptol® 0.5% Eye Drops Solution/Timolol 0.5% Eye Drops Solution
(Timolol maleate)
Your medicine is known by any of the above names, but will be referred to
as Timoptol throughout this leaflet:
Patient Information Leaflet
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine.
 Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
 If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
 This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others.
It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
 If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects
not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
In this leaflet:
1) What Timoptol is and what it is used for
2) Before you use Timoptol
3) How to use Timoptol
4) Possible side effects
5) How to store Timoptol
6) Further information

1) What Timoptol is and what it is used for
Timoptol contains a substance called timolol which belongs to a group of
medicines called beta-blockers. Timolol lowers the pressure in your eye(s).
It is used to treat glaucoma, when the pressure in the eye is raised.

2) Before you use Timoptol
Do not use Timoptol if:
 you are allergic (hypersensitive) to timolol, beta-blockers or any of the
other ingredients of Timoptol (see section 6 for Further Information)
 you have now or have had in the past respiratory problems such as
asthma, severe chronic obstructive bronchitis (severe lung disease which
may cause wheeziness, difficulty in breathing and/or long-standing cough)
 you have heart problems
 slow heart beat
 disorders of heart rhythm (irregular heart beats)
 heart failure
-“cardiogenic shock” – a serious heart condition caused by very low blood
pressure, which may result in the following symptoms: dizziness and
lightheadedness, fast pulse rate, white skin, sweating, restlessness,
loss of consciousness.

Use in breast-feeding
Do not use Timoptol if you are breast-feeding. Timolol may get into your
milk. Ask your doctor for advice before taking any medicine during breastfeeding.
Driving and using machines
There are possible side effects associated with Timoptol, such as dizziness,
tiredness and changes in your eyesight, such as blurred vision, drooping of
the upper eyelid (making the eye stay half closed), double vision which may
affect your ability to drive and/or operate machinery. Do not drive and/or
operate machinery until you feel well and your vision is clear.

3) How to use Timoptol
Always use Timoptol exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check
with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure. The doctor will decide
how many drops you should take each day and how long you should use
The usual dose is one drop in the affected eye(s) twice each day:
 one in the morning
 one in the evening.
Do not change your usual dose without talking to your doctor.
Do not allow the tip of the container to touch the eye or areas around the
eye. It may become contaminated with bacteria that can cause eye infection
leading to serious damage of the eye, even loss of vision. To avoid possible
contamination of the container, keep the tip of the container away from
contact with any surface.
Instructions for use
It is recommended that you wash your hands before putting in your eye
1.Before using the medication for the first time, be sure the Safety Strip on
the front of the bottle is unbroken. A gap between the bottle and the cap is
normal for an unopened bottle

If you are not sure whether you should use Timoptol talk to your doctor or
Take special care with Timoptol
Before you use this medicine tell your doctor if you have now or have had in
the past
 coronary heart disease (symptoms can include chest pain or tightness,
breathlessness or choking), heart failure
 low blood pressure
 disturbances of heart rate such as slow heart beat
 breathing problems, asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
 poor blood circulation disease (such as Raynaud’s disease or Raynaud’s
 diabetes as timolol may mask signs and symptoms of low blood sugar
 overactivity of the thyroid gland as timolol may mask signs and symptoms
 allergies to any medicines
 you wear soft contact lenses. Your eye drops contain a preservative
which can be deposited on soft contact lenses. It is important that your
lenses are removed before using your eye drops and not put back into
your eyes for 15 minutes.

2.Tear off the safety strip to break the seal.

3.To open the bottle, unscrew the cap by turning as indicated by the arrows
on top of the cap. Do not pull the cap directly up and away from the bottle.
Pulling the cap directly up will prevent your dispenser from operating

Tell your doctor before you have an operation that you are using Timoptol
as timolol may change effects of some medicines used during anaesthesia.
If your eye becomes irritated or any new eye problems come on, talk to your
doctor straight away. Eye problems could include redness of the eye or
swelling of the eyelids (see Section 4: Possible Side Effects).
If you suspect that Timoptol is causing an allergic reaction or
hypersensitivity (for example, skin rash, or redness and itching of the eye),
stop using Timoptol and contact your doctor immediately.
Tell you doctor if:
 you get an eye infection
 you injure your eye or have an operation on it
 your eye problems get worse or you get any new symptoms.

4.Tilt your head back and pull your lower eyelid down slightly to form a
pocket between your eyelid and your eye.

Use in children and adolescents
There is only very limited data available on the use of timolol in infants and
children. For example, in one small clinical study, timolol, the active
ingredient in Timoptol eye drops, has been studied in infants and children
aged 12 days to 5 years, who have elevated pressure in the eye(s) or have
been diagnosed with glaucoma. For more information, talk to your doctor.
Timoptol should generally be used with caution in young patients. In
newborns, infants and younger children Timoptol should be used with
extreme caution. If coughing, wheezing, abnormal breathing or abnormal
pauses in breathing (apnoea) occur, the use of the medication should be
stopped immediately. Contact your doctor as soon as possible. A portable
apnoea monitor may also be helpful.

5.Invert the bottle, and press lightly with your thumb or first finger over the
‘Finger-Push Area’ as shown until a single drop is dispensed into your
eye, as directed by your doctor.

Using other medicines
Timoptol can affect or be affected by other medicines you are using,
including other eye drops for the treatment of glaucoma. Tell your doctor if
you are using or intend to use medicines to lower blood pressure, heart
medicine or medicines to treat diabetes. Please tell your doctor or
pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines,
including other eye drops or medicines obtained without a prescription.
It is important to tell your doctor before using Timoptol if you are taking one
or more of the following medicines:
 a calcium antagonist, such as nifedipine, verapamil or diltiazem, often
used to treat high blood pressure, angina, an abnormal heartbeat or
Raynaud’s syndrome
 digoxin, a medicine used to relieve heart failure or treat abnormal
 medicines known as catecholamine-depleting agents, such as rauwolfia
alkaloids or reserpine, used for high blood pressure
 medicines called pressor amines, such as adrenaline used to treat severe
allergic reaction
 quinidine (used to treat heart conditions and some types of malaria),
 antidepressants known as fluoxetine and paroxetine.
 clonidine, a medicine used to treat high blood pressure
 other beta-blockers taken by mouth or used as eye drops, because they
belong to the same group of medicines as Timoptol and could have an
additive effect.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Ask your doctor for advice before taking any medicine.
Use in pregnancy
Do not use Timoptol if you are pregnant unless your doctor considers it


6. After using Timoptol, press a finger into the corner of your eye, by the
nose for 2 minutes. This helps to stop timolol getting into the rest of your
Ophthalmic medications, if handled improperly, can become contaminated
by common bacteria known to cause infections. Serious damage to the eye
and subsequent loss of vision may result from using contaminated
ophthalmic medications. If you think your medication may be contaminated,
or if you develop an eye infection, contact your doctor immediately
concerning continued use of this bottle.
7. If drop dispensing is difficult after opening for the first time, replace the
cap on the bottle and tighten (do not overtighten) and then remove by
turning the cap in the opposite direction as indicated by the arrows on top
of the cap.

8. Repeat steps 4 & 5 with the other eye if instructed to do so by your
9.Replace the cap by turning until it is firmly touching the bottle. The arrow
on the left side of the cap must be aligned with the arrow on the left side
of the bottle label for proper closure. Do not overtighten or you may
damage the bottle and cap.
10.The dispenser tip is designed to provide a single drop; therefore do NOT
enlarge the hole of the dispenser tip.
11.After you have used all doses there will be some Timoptol left in the
bottle. You should not be concerned since an extra amount of Timoptol
has been added and you will get the full amount of Timoptol that your
doctor has prescribed. Do not attempt to remove the excess medicine
from the bottle.
Use in children and adolescents
Before you or your child starts to take Timoptol, your doctor or your child’s
doctor will have carried out a detailed medical examination and decided
whether or not this medicine is suitable. You or your child, especially a
newborn, should be closely monitored for one to two hours after the first
dose and carefully monitored for any signs of side effects until surgery is
carried out.
Method of administration:
One drop only of Timoptol should be instilled into the affected eye(s) each
time. Follow the “Instructions for use” above when administering the eye
drops. After instillation keep the eyes closed for as long as possible (e.g. 3
– 5 minutes) and apply pressure to the corner of the eye closest to the nose
to prevent the eye drops spreading throughout the body.
Duration of treatment:
Your doctor or your child’s doctor will decide for how long the eye drops will
be needed.
If you use more Timoptol than you should
If you put too many drops in your eye or swallow any of the drops, you may:
 have a headache
 feel dizzy or light-headed
 have difficulty breathing
 chest pain
 feel that your heart rate has slowed down.

5) How to store Timoptol
 Keep your eye drops out of the sight and reach of children.
 Make sure the container is properly closed.
 Do not store above 250C. Store the bottle in the outer carton as this
product is sensitive to light.
 Do not use the eye drops if the tamper-evident seal on the bottle is
 Do not use the bottle after it has been open for 28 days or if your eye
drops are past the expiry date which is clearly marked on the box.
 Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste.
Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required.
These measures will help to protect the environment.

6) Further information
What Timoptol contains
Timoptol Eye Drops is available in two strengths:
Each ml of timoptol 0.25% w/v eye drops solution contains 2.5mg timolol
(as maleate) and
Each ml of timoptol 0.5% w/v eye drops solution contains 5mg timolol (as
Timoptol eye drops solution also contains the following:
benzalkonium chloride (preservative), sodium dihydrogen phosphate
dihydrate, disodium phosphate dodecahydrate and water for injections.
What Timoptol looks like and contents of the pack
Timoptol 0.25% eye drops solution contains 5ml bottle of clear colourless to
light yellow eye drops solution, and are ONLY for use in the eyes.
Timoptol 0.5% eye drops solution contains 3 X 5ml bottle of clear colourless
to light yellow eye drops solution, and are ONLY for use in the eyes.
PL 10383/1452 Timoptol Eye Drops 0.25%
PL 10383/1451 Timoptol Eye Drops 0.5%


Who makes and repackages your medicine?
Your medicine is manufactured by Laboratoires Merck Sharp & Dohmechibret. 200 BVD Etienne Clementel 63963 Clermont–Ferrand Cedex 9,
France. Procured from within the EU and repackaged by Product Licence
Holder: Primecrown Ltd, 4/5 Northolt Trading Estate, Belvue Road, Northolt,
Middlesex, UB5 5QS.

If this happens, contact your doctor immediately.

Leaflet date: 06.08.2014

If you forget to use Timoptol
It is important to take Timoptol as prescribed by your doctor.
 If you miss a dose, use the drops as soon as possible.
 If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take the
next dose at the usual time.
 Do not take a double dose to make up for the forgotten dose.

Timoptol® is a registered trademark of Merck & Co. Inc. New Jersey, USA.

If you stop using Timoptol
If you want to stop using this medicine talk to your doctor first. If you have
any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or

4) Possible side effects
Like all medicines Timoptol can cause side effects, although not everybody
gets them.
You can usually carry on taking the drops, unless the effects are serious. If
you're worried, talk to a doctor or pharmacist. Do not stop using Timoptol
without speaking to your doctor.
Like other medicines applied into eyes, timolol is absorbed into the blood.
This may cause similar side effects as seen with intravenous and/or oral
beta-blocking agents. Incidence of side effects after topical ophthalmic
administration is lower than when medicines are, for example taken by
mouth or injected. Listed side effects include reactions seen within the class
of beta-blockers when used for treating eye conditions.
If you develop allergic reactions including swelling beneath the skin that can
occur in areas such as the face and limbs, and can obstruct the airway
which may cause difficulty swallowing or breathing, hives or itchy rash,
localized and generalized rash, itchness, severe sudden life-threatening
allergic reaction, stop taking your eyes drops and seek medical attention
Low blood glucose levels.
Difficulty sleeping (insomnia), depression, nightmares, memory loss.
Fainting, stroke, reduced blood supply to the brain, increases in signs and
symptoms of myasthenia gravis (muscle disorder), dizziness, unusual
sensations like tingling or pins and needles, and headache.
Signs and symptoms of eye irritation (e.g. burning, stinging, itching, tearing,
redness), inflammation of the eyelid, inflammation in the cornea, blurred
vision and detachment of the layer below the retina that contains blood
vessels following filtration surgery which may cause visual disturbances,
decreased corneal sensitivity, dry eyes, corneal erosion (damage to the
front layer of the eyeball), drooping of the upper eyelid (making the eye stay
half closed) double vision, sensitivity to light, discharge from the eye, pain in
the eye.
Ringing sound in the ears.
Slow heart rate, chest pain, palpitations, oedema (fluid build up), changes in
the rhythm or speed of the heartbeat, congestive heart failure (heart
disease with shortness of breath and swelling of the feet and legs due to
fluid build up), a type of heart rhythm disorder, heart attack, heart failure.
Low blood pressure, fainting, interference with the blood supply to the brain
which may lead to a stroke, Raynaud’s phenomenon, cold hands and feet.
limping because there is a reduced blood supply to your legs
Constriction of the airways in the lungs (predominantly in patients with preexisting disease), difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, wheezing, cough.
Taste disturbances, nausea, indigestion, diarrhoea, dry mouth, abdominal
pain, vomiting.
Sexual dysfunction, decreased sex drive, decreased libido. In men a
condition which effects your penis called Peyronie’s disease. The signs may
be abnormal curve, pain or hardening of the tissue of your penis.
Hair loss, skin rash with white silvery coloured appearance (psoriasis form
rash) or worsening of psoriasis, skin rash, itching.
Muscle weakness/tiredness, muscle pain not caused by exercise. A
condition called lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus).
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information about the side effects.
Both have a more complete list of side effects.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes
any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side
effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme (Website: By reporting side effects you can help
provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

Further information about glaucoma is available from:
International Glaucoma Association (IGA)
15A Highpoint Business Village
Henwood, Ashford
Kent, TN24 8DH
Tel: 01233 648170
Registered Charity number 274681
(The IGA is an independent charity organisation which helps glaucoma
patients and their relatives, and is not associated with Merck Sharp &
Dohme Limited or Primecrown Ltd.)
Alternatively, if you or someone you know has problems with their vision,
and you require further advice or information, please contact:
For the UK: the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) Helpline on
0303 123 9999, Monday to Friday 8.45am to 6pm and Saturday 9am to
(The RNIB is an independent UK charity and is not associated with Merck
Sharp & Dohme Limited).
For Ireland: National Council for the Blind of Ireland, Whitworth Road,
Drumcondra, Dublin 9. Tel: 01 8307033 or Fax: 01 8307787 charity
registration number: CHY 4626
(The National Council for the Blind of Ireland is an independent Irish charity
and is not associated with Merck Sharp & Dohme Limited).

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