Carteolol

Generic Name: Carteolol

  • What is Carteolol?

    Carteolol is an eye drop medicine used to treat open-angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension (high pressure in the eye).

  • What is the most important information I should know about Carteolol?

    Carteolol is for use in your eyes only.

    Carteolol can cause blurred or cloudy vision. Do not drive or operate dangerous machinery until you know how carteolol affects you.

  • Who should not take Carteolol?

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

    Do not use carteolol if you have asthma, a history of asthma, severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) (narrowing of the lungs that makes it hard to breath), or certain heart conditions (such as heart block or heart failure).

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Carteolol?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with carteolol. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have asthma, a history of asthma, severe COPD, lung problems, thyroid problems, heart problems, a history of heart problems, diabetes, or are planning to undergo 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: Apply 1 drop into the affected eye(s) twice a day.

  • How should I take Carteolol?

    Apply carteolol as prescribed by your doctor. Do not apply extra doses or use it more often without asking your doctor. Please review the instructions that came with your prescription on how to properly use your eye drops.

  • What should I avoid while taking Carteolol?

    Do not allow the tip of the container to contact your eyelids or any other surface, as this can contaminate carteolol.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Carteolol?

    If carteolol 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 carteolol with the following: blood pressure/heart medications known as beta-blockers (such as atenolol or propranolol), or reserpine.

  • What are the possible side effects of Carteolol?

    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: arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), blurred and cloudy vision, decreased blood pressure, decreased night vision, dizziness, eye burning and irritation, headache, red eyes, sensitivity to bright light, slow heart rate, swelling, tearing

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

    The effects of carteolol during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

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

    If you miss a dose of carteolol, 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 Carteolol?

    Store at room temperature and protect from light.