Betoptic is a beta adrenergic blocking agent. Its main component is betaxolol hydrochloride.
Betoptic is used to treat glaucoma as well as other diseases of the eye. This medication works by reducing the pressure within the eye. It is presumed that this process occurs by decreasing the production of the aqueous humor in the eye. This eases the pressure that is placed upon the eye, diminishing the damaging effect to the eye. By removing the pressure on the eye, the risk of going blind is greatly reduced.
Contact your doctor about the other medicinal benefits that this drug may have for you.
You should always follow the prescription that has been provided to you by your doctor. It is important not to take Betoptic in dosages that are smaller or larger than has been instructed.
This medication is an ophthalmic suspension. It is to be placed in the eye.
The recommended dose for Betoptic is between one and two drops in the affected eye or eyes. This should be done twice, every day.
If you wear contact lenses, remember to remove them before you place the drops in your eyes. Do not replace your contact lenses immediately.
In case you forget to take one of your doses, take it as soon as you remember. If your next scheduled dose is due soon, do not take the dose that you skipped. You should not take two doses at the same time.
In the event that you experience an overdose, call your local medical emergency services.
The use of Betoptic may result in an adverse reaction. Some of the side effects that have been experienced with this medication are:
Discomfort in the eye
The flaking and shedding of the skin
Blue tinge to the lips, nails, or skin
Problems with vision
Fluctuations in color vision
Discomfort in the chest
Formation of crust on eyelashes
Change in size of pupils
Trouble with speaking or swallowing
Reduced vision at night
Prominent neck veins
Excess fluid in eye
Irritation of the skin
Eyes sensitive to sunlight
In the event that you experience any of these adverse reactions, contact your physician immediately.
If you have become pregnant and have been prescribed Betopic, inform your doctor. Do not begin breastfeeding your child without first speaking to your physician.
Do not take this medication if you have experienced an allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in Betoptic.
This medication may cause vision problems. If you experience disruptions with your vision, avoid driving or handling heavy machinery.
Do not use additional medications for your eye unless they have been prescribed to you by your doctor.
Inform your physician if you have been prescribed with heart medication, other beta blockers, drugs for diabetes, or calcium channel blockers. These medications may negatively interact with Betoptic.
Tell your doctor about any medications, both prescribed and over the counter, which you may be taking. Inform your physician of any herbal supplements that you may be consuming.