What is Betaxolol Ophthalmic?Betaxolol is an eyedrop used to lower pressure in the eyes of people with glaucoma (open-angle) or ocular hypertension. It belongs to a class of drugs known as beta-blockers. It may be used alone or in combination with other antiglaucoma drugs.
What is the most important information I should know about Betaxolol Ophthalmic?Even though betaxolol is applied externally to the eye, the medication may still be absorbed in the bloodstream and cause serious adverse reactions. Betaxolol may cause heart failure in some patients. Check with your doctor right away if you are having chest pain or discomfort, dilated neck veins, extreme fatigue, irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, swelling of the face/fingers/feet/lower legs, weight gain, or wheezing.
Betaxolol may cause changes in your blood sugar levels. Also, this medication may cover up signs of low blood sugar, such as a rapid heart rate. Check with your doctor if you have these problems or if you notice a change in the results of your blood or urine sugar tests.
If you are scheduled to have surgery or dental work, make sure the doctor or dentist knows that you are using betaxolol. You may need to stop using this medication several days before having surgery.
While taking this medication, do not touch the dropper tip to any surface, as this may contaminate the solution.
Who should not take Betaxolol Ophthalmic?Do not take Betaxolol if you have heart conditions such as sinus bradycardia (slow heart rate), atrioventricular block (greater than first-degree block), cardiogenic shock, or overt cardiac failure.
Also do not take Betaxolol if you have any allergic reactions to beta-blockers or any sensitivity reactions to the ingredients in the medication.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Betaxolol Ophthalmic?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with betaxolol. Also talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have heart or breathing problems, diabetes, thyrotoxicosis (increased levels of thyroid hormones), muscle weakness, lung problems, a history of allergic reactions, or you are scheduled to have 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 recommended dosage is 1-2 drops in the affected eye.
How should I take Betaxolol Ophthalmic?Take it exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Wash your hands before using the medication.
What should I avoid while taking Betaxolol Ophthalmic?Do not touch the dropper tip to any surface, as this may contaminate the solution.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Betaxolol Ophthalmic?If betaxolol is taken 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 betaxolol with other beta-blockers and the liquid form of betaxolol.
You should be monitored closely by your healthcare provider if you take catecholamine-depleting drugs (such as reserpine), because of possible side effects such as low blood pressure and/or slow heart beat.
What are the possible side effects of Betaxolol Ophthalmic?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: eye discomfort, blurred vision, foreign body sensation in the eye, dryness of the eyes, eye inflammation or discharge, eye pain, crusty lashes.
More serious adverse effects may include: decreased heart rate, heart failure, heart block, asthma, breathing problems, lack of sleep, muscle weakness, extreme fatigue, hives, hair loss, and toxic epidermal necrolysis (severe allergic reaction of the skin).
Can I receive Betaxolol Ophthalmic if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?Betaxolol should be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. However, if the benefit of using Betaxolol outweighs the risk during pregnancy, your doctor may prescribe it.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Betaxolol Ophthalmic?If you miss a dose, apply it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
How should I store Betaxolol Ophthalmic?Store at room temperature.