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Dorzolamide and Timolol

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Uses
Dosing
Safety
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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Cosopt®
    • Brand Names: Canada: Apo-Dorzo-Timop;Cosopt®;Sandoz-Dorzolamide/Timolol
    • Mexican Brand Names: Cosopt
    • Pharmacologic Category: Beta-Adrenergic Blocker, Nonselective;Carbonic Anhydrase Inhibitor;Ophthalmic Agent, Antiglaucoma

    Uses
    • It is used to treat glaucoma.
    • It is used to lower high eye pressure.
    • Dorzolamide and timolol lowers pressure in the eye.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • For the eye only.
    • Wash your hands before and after use.
    • Take out contact lenses before using this drug. Lenses may be put back in 15 minutes after this drug is given. Do not put contacts back in if your eyes are irritated or infected.
    • Do not touch the container tip to the eye, lid, or other skin.
    • Tilt your head back and drop drug into the eye.
    • After use, keep your eyes closed. Put pressure on the inside corner of the eye. Do this for 3 to 5 minutes. This keeps the drug in your eye.
    • Space each eye drug by 10 minutes.

    Missed Dose

    • Use a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not use 2 doses or extra doses.
    • Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from light.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • Unsafe side effects may happen. This drug cannot be taken while you are taking some other drugs. Check all the drugs you are taking with your doctor.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to dorzolamide, timolol, or any other part of this drug.
    • If you have a sulfa (sulfonamide) allergy, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have any of these health problems: Asthma, very weak heart, slow heartbeat without a working pacemaker, or wheezing.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

    Precautions

    • Do not use the oral timolol and the eye drug at the same time.
    • If you have high blood sugar (diabetes) and have low blood sugar, talk with your doctor. This drug hides the signs of low blood sugar except sweating.
    • If you have kidney disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have lung disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have thyroid disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have a weak heart, talk with your doctor.
    • Have your eye pressure checked. Talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • You may get sunburned more easily. Avoid sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds. Use sunscreen and wear clothing and eyewear that protects you from the sun.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Eye irritation.
    • Blurred eyesight. Use care when driving or doing other tasks that call for clear eyesight.
    • Bad taste in your mouth. This most often goes back to normal.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
    • Trouble breathing.
    • Sudden change in eyesight, eye pain, or irritation.
    • Very bad skin irritation.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
    • Copyright © 1978-2010 Lexi-Comp Inc. All rights reserved.

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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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