What is Azopt?Azopt is an eyedrop used to treat glaucoma (high pressure in the eye) and ocular hypertension.
What is the most important information I should know about Azopt?Even though Azopt is applied topically to the eye, the medication can still be absorbed in the blood stream and cause serious adverse reactions, especially if you are allergic to sulfonamides. Contact your doctor right away if you experience any signs or symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as a rash.
Notify your doctor if you have any eye surgery that may require discontinuation of this drug.
Who should not take Azopt?Do not use Azopt if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Azopt?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Azopt. In addition, tell your doctor if you are allergic to sulfa-containing products, have liver or kidney disease, or have had eye surgery.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults: The usual dosage is 1 drop in the affected eye(s) 3 times a day.
How should I take Azopt?Shake well before use. Before administration, wash your hands thoroughly. Remove cap and position yourself with your head tilted back. Gently pull your lower eyelid with your index finger and administer the drops in each eye without touching the eye or eyelid. Upon administration of the drops, blink a few times and remove the excess with a clean tissue. Repeat the process for the other eye and wash your hands.
If you are using more than one eyedrop, space them out by at least 10 minutes. You may wear contact lenses 15 minutes after administration.
What should I avoid while taking Azopt?Avoid allowing the tip of the applicator to contact your eye, finger, or any other surface in order to avoid contamination of the product. Contamination may lead to serious damage to the eye.
Avoid operating machinery, driving, or participating in any activities that require your attention until you know how Azopt affects you.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Azopt?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 doctor before combining Azopt with the following: acetazolamide, dichlorphenamide, and methazolamide.
What are the possible side effects of Azopt?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: blurred vision, bitter taste, dry eyes, itchy eyes, headache, discharge from the eyes, eye pain, runny nose
Can I receive Azopt if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Azopt during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor right away if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Azopt?If you miss a dose, apply it as soon as you remember. If it is close to the time of 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 Azopt?Store at room temperature.
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