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Carteolol Hydrochloride Patient Information Including Side Effects
Brand Names: Ocupress
Generic Name: carteolol ophthalmic (Pronunciation: kar TEE oh lol off THAL mik)
- What is carteolol ophthalmic (Carteolol Hydrochloride)?
- What are the possible side effects of carteolol ophthalmic (Carteolol Hydrochloride)?
- What is the most important information I should know about carteolol ophthalmic (Carteolol Hydrochloride)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using carteolol ophthalmic (Carteolol Hydrochloride)?
- How should I use carteolol ophthalmic (Carteolol Hydrochloride)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Carteolol Hydrochloride)?
- What happens if I overdose (Carteolol Hydrochloride)?
- What should I avoid while using carteolol ophthalmic (Carteolol Hydrochloride)?
- What other drugs will affect carteolol ophthalmic (Carteolol Hydrochloride)?
- Where can I get more information?
What is carteolol ophthalmic (Carteolol Hydrochloride)?
Carteolol is a beta-blocker that reduces pressure inside the eye.
Carteolol ophthalmic (for the eyes) is used to treat open-angle glaucoma and other causes of high pressure inside the eye.
Carteolol ophthalmic may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of carteolol ophthalmic (Carteolol Hydrochloride)?
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);
- fast or pounding heartbeats;
- feeling short of breath, even with mild exertion; or
- swelling, rapid weight gain.
Less serious side effects may include:
- mild burning, stinging, itching, or watering of your eyes;
- blurred or cloudy vision;
- mildly swollen or puffy eyes;
- increased sensitivity of your eyes to light;
- trouble seeing at night;
- droopy eyelids;
- headache, dizziness, depression ;
- muscle weakness;
- sleep problems (insomnia);
- stuffy nose; or
- nausea, altered sense of taste.
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 Carteolol Hydrochloride (carteolol) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
What is the most important information I should know about carteolol ophthalmic (Carteolol Hydrochloride)?
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to carteolol, or if you have asthma, or severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or a heart condition called "AV block."
Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you have breathing problems such as bronchitis or emphysema, a history of heart disease or congestive heart failure, diabetes, history of stroke, blood clot, or circulation problems, a thyroid disorder, or a muscle disorder such as myasthenia gravis.
Do not allow the dropper to touch any surface, including the eyes or hands. If the dropper becomes contaminated it could cause an infection in your eye, which can lead to vision loss or serious damage to the eye.
Carteolol ophthalmic is sometimes given together with other eye medications to treat glaucoma. Do not use any other eye medication unless your doctor has prescribed it for you. If you use another eye medication, use it at least 10 minutes before or after using carteolol ophthalmic. Do not use the medications at the same time.
Carteolol ophthalmic can cause blurred vision. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be able to see clearly.
Do not use this medication while you are wearing contact lenses. Carteolol ophthalmic may contain a preservative that can be absorbed by soft contact lenses. Wait at least 15 minutes after using carteolol before putting your contact lenses in.
Additional Carteolol Hydrochloride Information
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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