What is this medication and its most common uses?Betaxolol 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. Betaxolol 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, betaxolol may help reduce the risk of developing glaucoma-related vision loss.
When: Betaxolol may start working within 30 minutes of applying it.
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: temporary eye discomfort.
Less common side effects may include:
Betaxolol may cause muscle weakness, breathing problems, or heart failure, with symptoms such as weight gain, increased shortness of breath, or a slow heartbeat.
Betaxolol may hide symptoms of low blood sugar levels if you have diabetes.
Who should not take this medication?Do not use betaxolol if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Do not use betaxolol if you have certain heart problems (such as heart failure, a slow heartbeat, or your heart skips a beat).
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 betaxolol. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have heart, thyroid, or breathing problems; diabetes; or if you are scheduled for surgery.
Tell your healthcare provider if you have a history of severe allergic reactions to any allergens, because betaxolol may decrease the effectiveness of epinephrine, a medicine used to treat such reactions.
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: Apply 1 to 2 drops into the affected eye(s) twice a day.
How should I take this medication?Use betaxolol exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop using betaxolol without first talking to your healthcare provider.
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 betaxolol.
What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?If betaxolol 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 betaxolol with any of the following: blood pressure/heart medications known as beta-blockers (such as metoprolol or atenolol), medicines affecting your mood (such as benzodiazepine or fluoxetine), or reserpine.
May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of betaxolol during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. 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 betaxolol, 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.