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Optipranolol Patient Information Including Side Effects
Brand Names: OptiPranolol
Generic Name: metipranolol ophthalmic (Pronunciation: MET i PRAN oh lol)
- What is metipranolol ophthalmic (Optipranolol)?
- What are the possible side effects of metipranolol ophthalmic (Optipranolol)?
- What is the most important information I should know about metipranolol ophthalmic (Optipranolol)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using metipranolol ophthalmic (Optipranolol)?
- How should I use metipranolol ophthalmic (Optipranolol)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Optipranolol)?
- What happens if I overdose (Optipranolol)?
- What should I avoid while using metipranolol ophthalmic (Optipranolol)?
- What other drugs will affect metipranolol ophthalmic (Optipranolol)?
- Where can I get more information?
What is metipranolol ophthalmic (Optipranolol)?
Metipranolol is a beta-blocker that reduces pressure inside the eye.
Metipranolol ophthalmic (for the eyes) is used to treat open-angle glaucoma and other causes of high pressure inside the eye.
Metipranolol ophthalmic may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of metipranolol ophthalmic (Optipranolol)?
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;
- vision changes, increased sensitivity of your eyes to light;
- bronchospasm (wheezing, chest tightness, trouble breathing);
- sudden numbness or weakness, headache, confusion, problems with vision, speech, or balance;
- 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 watering or discomfort of your eyes;
- blurred vision;
- mildly swollen or puffy eyes;
- headache, dizziness, drowsiness;
- 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 Optipranolol (metipranolol ophthalmic solution) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
What is the most important information I should know about metipranolol ophthalmic (Optipranolol)?
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to metipranolol, or if you have asthma, or severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), slow heartbeats, 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.
Metipranolol ophthalmic is sometimes given together with other eye medications. 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 metipranolol ophthalmic. Do not use the medications at the same time.
Metipranolol 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. Metipranolol ophthalmic may contain a preservative that can be absorbed by soft contact lenses. Wait at least 15 minutes after using metipranolol before putting your contact lenses in.
Additional Optipranolol Information
- Optipranolol Drug Interactions Center: metipranolol opht
- Optipranolol Side Effects Center
- Optipranolol Overview including Precautions
- Optipranolol FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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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