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Cosopt Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is dorzolamide and timolol ophthalmic (Cosopt)?
- What are the possible side effects of dorzolamide and timolol ophthalmic (Cosopt)?
- What is the most important information I should know about dorzolamide and timolol ophthalmic (Cosopt)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using dorzolamide and timolol ophthalmic (Cosopt)?
- How should I use dorzolamide and timolol ophthalmic (Cosopt)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Cosopt)?
- What happens if I overdose (Cosopt)?
- What should I avoid while using dorzolamide and timolol ophthalmic (Cosopt)?
- What other drugs will affect dorzolamide and timolol ophthalmic (Cosopt)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using dorzolamide and timolol ophthalmic (Cosopt)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to dorzolamide (Cosopt or Trusopt) or timolol (Blocadren, Betimol, Istalol, Timoptic), or if you have:
- a history of asthma;
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); or
- a serious heart condition such as "AV block," slow heartbeats, heart failure, or if you have recently had a heart attack.
To make sure you can safely use dorzolamide and timolol ophthalmic, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
- narrow-angle glaucoma;
- breathing problems such as bronchitis or emphysema;
- a history of heart disease or congestive heart failure;
- a muscle disorder such as myasthenia gravis;
- kidney disease;
- liver disease; or
- a thyroid disorder.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether dorzolamide and timolol ophthalmic will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
It is not known whether dorzolamide and timolol ophthalmic passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using this medicine.
Do not use this medicine in a child younger than 2 years old.
How should I use dorzolamide and timolol ophthalmic (Cosopt)?
Use exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Do not use this medication while you are wearing contact lenses. This medication may contain a preservative that can be absorbed by soft contact lenses. Wait at least 15 minutes after using the eye drops before putting your contact lenses in.
This medication comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Wash your hands before using the eye drops.
To apply the eye drops:
- Tilt your head back slightly and pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket. Hold the dropper above the eye with the tip down. Look up and away from the dropper as you squeeze out a drop, then close your eye.
- Use only the number of drops your doctor has prescribed.
- Gently press your finger to the inside corner of the eye (near your nose) for about 1 minute to keep the liquid from draining into your tear duct.
- If you use more than one drop in the same eye, wait about 5 minutes before putting in the next drop. Also wait at least 10 minutes before using any other eye drops that your doctor has prescribed.
Do not allow the dropper tip 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.
Do not use the eye drops if the liquid has changed colors or has particles in it. Call your doctor for a new prescription.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any eye injury or infection, or if you need to have any type of surgery, especially eye surgery. You may need to stop using dorzolamide and timolol ophthalmic for a short time.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
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