Optipranolol

Generic Name: Metipranolol

  • What is Optipranolol?

    Optipranolol is an eye drop used to treat open-angle glaucoma (high pressure in the eye).

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

    Even though Optipranolol is applied directly to the eye, the medication can still be absorbed in your blood and cause serious adverse reactions, such as breathing difficulties, especially in patients with asthma and heart problems.

    If you do not handle Optipranolol properly, it can become contaminated by common bacteria known to cause eye infections. If you use contaminated medications, serious eye damage and subsequent loss of vision can occur. If you think your medication is contaminated, or if you develop an eye infection, contact your doctor immediately. Also, tell your doctor if your eye becomes red or swollen or if you plan on having any type of surgery.

    Optipranolol can cause blurred vision. Use caution if you drive or do anything that requires you to be able to see clearly.

  • Who should not take Optipranolol?

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

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

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Optipranolol. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have asthma, a history of asthma, or severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (narrowing of the lungs that makes it hard to breath); heart problems, or a history of heart problems; or are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • 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 Optipranolol?

    Apply Optipranolol as prescribed by your doctor. Please review the instructions that came with your prescription on how to properly apply Optipranolol.

    Optipranolol contains a preservative that may be absorbed by your contact lenses. Remove your contact lenses prior to the administration of the eye drop and reinsert them after 15 minutes.

  • What should I avoid while taking Optipranolol?

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

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

    If Optipranolol 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 Optipranolol with the following: blood pressure and heart medications known as beta-blockers (such as propranolol) and calcium channel blockers (such as diltiazem), digitalis, reserpine, or certain antipsychotics (such as chlorpromazine and haloperidol).

  • What are the possible side effects of Optipranolol?

    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: abnormal vision, blurred vision, browache, coughing, drowsiness, edema (swelling), eyelid dermatitis (an inflammatory skin condition that affects your eyelid), headache, inflammation of the eyelid, nervousness, pink eye, rash, sensitivity to bright light, slow heart rate, tearing

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

    The effects of Optipranolol 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 Optipranolol?

    If you miss a dose of Optipranolol, 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 Optipranolol?

    Store at room temperature.