Azopt

Generic Name: Brinzolamide

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Azopt is an eye drop used to lower pressure in the eye in people with open-angle glaucoma or high pressure in the eye.

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Increased pressure in the eye and glaucoma can result when the fluid that flows through and nourishes the lens and cornea (the clear front part of the eye) cannot drain normally. Azopt is thought to lower pressure in your eye by reducing the production of this fluid.

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: By reducing the pressure in your eye, Azopt may help reduce the risk of developing glaucoma-related vision loss and nerve damage.

    When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you use Azopt exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

    How do I know it is working?

    Your healthcare provider may examine your eyes or perform certain tests to check how well this medication is working.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    More common side effects may include: blurred vision; bitter, sour, or unusual taste.

    Less common side effects may include:

    Serious allergic reactions, with symptoms such as skin rash, sore throat, fever, joint pain, cough, shortness of breath, paleness, or yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not use Azopt if you are allergic to it or to any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Azopt. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney or eye problems (including eye surgery).

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

    Adults: The recommended dose is 1 drop in the affected eye(s) 3 times a day.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Use Azopt exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop using Azopt without first talking to your healthcare provider.

    Shake well before using.

    Azopt contains a preservative that may be absorbed by your contact lenses. Remove your contact lenses prior to the administration of Azopt. You may reinsert your contact lenses 15 minutes after you apply Azopt.

    If you are using Azopt with another eye drop, the drops should be applied at least 10 minutes apart.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not allow the tip of the bottle to touch your eye or any other surface, as this can contaminate Azopt.

    Do not drive a car, operate machinery, or engage in other tasks requiring alertness until you know how Azopt affects you.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    If Azopt is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Azopt with the following: acetazolamide, aspirin, or methazolamide.

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Azopt during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Do not breastfeed while you are using Azopt. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

    If you miss a dose of Azopt, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store at room temperature.

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