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Betaxolol Hydrochloride Ophthalmic

Betaxolol Hydrochloride Ophthalmic Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Betaxolol Hydrochloride Ophthalmic Solution 0.5% is a beta-blocker used to treat open-angle glaucoma and other causes of high pressure inside the eye. This medication is available in generic form. Common side effects include burning, stinging, itching, or discomfort of your eyes; dry eyes, blurred vision; swollen or puffy eyes; feeling like something is in your eye; headache, dizziness, spinning sensation; depression; insomnia; muscle weakness; or altered sense of taste or smell.

The recommended dose is one to two drops of betaxolol hydrochloride ophthalmic solution in the affected eye(s) twice daily. Betaxolol hydrochloride ophthalmic solution may interact with oral betaxolol, digoxin, reserpine, insulin or oral diabetes medications, other beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, or medicines to treat psychiatric disorders. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, betaxolol hydrochloride ophthalmic solution should be used only if prescribed. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our Betaxolol Hydrochloride Ophthalmic Solution 0.5% Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Betaxolol Hydrochloride Ophthalmic in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • severe swelling, itching, burning, redness, pain, or discomfort in or around your eye;
  • drainage, crusting, or oozing of your eyes or eyelids;
  • bronchospasm (wheezing, chest tightness, trouble breathing);
  • slow heart rate, weak pulse, fainting, slow breathing (breathing may stop);
  • feeling short of breath, even with mild exertion; or
  • swelling, rapid weight gain.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild burning, stinging, itching, or discomfort of your eyes;
  • dry eyes, blurred vision;
  • mildly swollen or puffy eyes;
  • feeling like something is in your eye;
  • headache, dizziness, spinning sensation;
  • depression;
  • sleep problems (insomnia);
  • muscle weakness; or
  • altered sense of taste or smell.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Betaxolol Hydrochloride Ophthalmic (Betaxolol Hydrochloride) »

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Betaxolol Hydrochloride Ophthalmic FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
(Adverse Reactions)

SIDE EFFECTS

The following adverse reactions have been reported in clinical trials with Betaxolol Hydrochloride Ophthalmic Solution (betaxolol hydrochloride) .

Ocular: Discomfort of short duration was experienced by one in four patients, but none discontinued therapy; occasional tearing has been reported. Rare instances of decreased corneal sensitivity, erythema, itching sensation, corneal punctate staining, keratitis, anisocoria, edema, and photophobia have been reported.

Additional medical events reported with other formulations of betaxolol include blurred vision, foreign body sensation, dryness of the eyes, inflammation, discharge, ocular pain, decreased visual acuity, and crusty lashes.

Systemic: Systemic reactions following administration of Betaxolol Hydrochloride Ophthalmic Solution 0.5% or Betaxolol Hydrochloride Ophthalmic (betaxolol hydrochloride) Suspension 0.25% have been rarely reported. These include:

Cardiovascular: Bradycardia, heart block and congestive failure.

Pulmonary: Pulmonary distress characterized by dyspnea, bronchospasm, thickened bronchial secretions, asthma and respiratory failure.

Central Nervous System: Insomnia, dizziness, vertigo, headaches, depression, lethargy, and increase in signs and symptoms of myasthenia gravis.

Other: Hives, toxic epidermal necrolysis, hair loss and glossitis.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Betaxolol Hydrochloride Ophthalmic (Betaxolol Hydrochloride) »

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