Betimol

Generic Name: Timolol maleate (ophthalmic)

  • What is Betimol?

    Betimol is an ophthalmic solution indicated for the treatment of increased inner eye pressure for those patients with glaucoma (open-angle) and ocular hypertension.
  • What is the most important information I should know about Betimol?

    Betimol is an eye solution that should be used with care. It is important not to contaminate the solution, as that may cause further harm to the eye. Also, if you are using more than one eye solution, the drugs should be spaced at least ten minutes apart.

    Notify your doctor if you have any eye surgery that may require discontinuation of this drug.

  • Who should not take Betimol?

    Do not take this medication if you have heart failure, cardiogenic shock, sinus bradycardia, heart block (2nd or 3rd degree atrioventricular block), bronchial asthma, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Betimol?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Betimol. Also, talk to your doctor about you complete medical history, especially if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is important to notify the doctor of previous eye infections, history of glaucoma, and diabetes.
  • 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 starting dose is one drop of Betimol (0.25%) in the affected eye twice daily. Your doctor may change the dose to one drop of Betimol (0.5%) in the affected eye twice daily if necessary.

  • How should I take Betimol?

    Shake well before use. Before administration, wash your hands thoroughly. Remove cap and position yourself with your head tilted back. Gently pull your lower eye lid 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 process for the other eye and wash your hands. If more than one ophthalmic drug is being used the drugs need to be spaced out by at least ten minutes. You may wear contact lenses five minutes after administration.
  • What should I avoid while taking Betimol?

    Avoid allowing the tip of the applicator to contact the eye, finger, or any other surface in order to avoid contamination of the product. Contamination may lead to serious damage to your eye.
  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Betimol?

    If Betimol 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 Betimol with the following: alpha blockers such as prazosin, terazosin; anti-diabetes drugs such as insulin, metformin; beta blockers such as metoprolol; beta agonists such as albuterol; calcium channel blockers such as verapamil, diltiazem; digoxin; and NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, indomethacin, and naproxen.
  • What are the possible side effects of Betimol?

    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, headache, discharge from the eyes, eye pain, burning of the eyes, light sensitivity, hypertension, dizziness

  • Can I receive Betimol if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Betimol on pregnancy are unknown. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or intend on being pregnant.

    The effects of Betimol during breastfeeding show potential harm to the baby. The use of Betimol should be discontinued and you should consult with your doctor.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Betimol?

    If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is close to the time of your next dose, skip it and resume your scheduled dose. Do not double your dose.
  • How should I store Betimol?

    Store at room temperature, away from children, and protect from light.