WHAT IS USES FOR COMBIGAN EYE DROP 5 ML (TIMOLO 0.5% + BRIMONIDINE 0.2%)?
Timolol is used to treat high blood pressure, stabilize irregular heartbeats
(arrhythmias), prevent angina (heart pain), and improve survival chances post-heart attack. It is also used to treat glaucoma, a condition wherein there is increased pressure in the eye and this may lead to blindness. It is also used to treat headaches due to migraines. Brimonidine is used for the treatment of open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension (increased pressure inside the eye).
HOW COMBIGAN EYE DROP 5 ML (TIMOLO 0.5% + BRIMONIDINE 0.2%) WORKS
Timolol belongs to a beta-blockers class of medication. It relaxes the blood vessels and reduced blood pressure. It makes the heart relax and pumps blood at a slower rate for heart attack patients. In the eye, it decreases fluid production and thus decreases pressure. Brimonidine belongs to the group of medicines called sympathomimetics
. It reduces the amount of fluid in the eye and thus reduces eye pressure.
WHAT IS COMMON SIDE EFFECTS FOR COMBIGAN EYE DROP 5 ML (TIMOLO 0.5% + BRIMONIDINE 0.2%)?
Decrease in blood pressure, Dry eyes or discharge from eyes, Feelings of depression, Sensitivity to light, Blurring of vision, Impotence, Worsening of heart failure, Shortness of breath, Nausea, Irritation, and pain in the eye, Heart blocks, Skin rash, Vomiting, Common: for tablet-weakness, Low blood pressure, Abnormal tingling, Breathlessness such as in asthma, Constipation, Numbness or pain over an area of the skin, Diarrhea, Dizziness, Abnormal sensation in eye or crusting in eyelids, Cramp-like pain on walking, Swollen hands or feet. for eye drops-blurred vision, Inflammation in the eye, Sleeping difficulties or cough., Headache, Decrease inability to urinate. for eye drops-erosion of the cornea, Itchiness, Change in taste. uncommon: for tablet- slow heartbeat
- It should not be taken by patients who are allergic to timolol or other beta-blockers or any of the other ingredients of the tablet.
- Do not start or continue timolol, if you are taking any other medication for high blood pressure or a heart condition, or other beta-blockers.
- Avoid taking timolol, if you have asthma or other respiratory diseases that cause breathing problems (eg. chronic bronchitis, emphysema, etc.).
- Do not start or continue timolol, if you have diabetes, thyroid disorder, liver or kidney dysfunction or ulcers, pheochromocytoma (tumor of the adrenal glands that leads to persistent or episodic high blood pressure).
- Avoid taking timolol, if you are breastfeeding or pregnant.
- Do not drive or operate machines, as timolol may cause dizziness or tiredness.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR COMBIGAN EYE DROP 5 ML (TIMOLO 0.5% + BRIMONIDINE 0.2%)
Q. IS TIMOLOL A BETA BLOCKER/SELECTIVE BETA BLOCKER/GENERIC/ANTIBIOTIC?
Timolol is a beta-blocker. It is not a selective beta-blocker/generic/antibiotic.
Q. IS TIMOLOL PRESERVATIVE FREE?
The timolol eye drop is preservative-free
Q. IS TIMOLOL THE SAME AS TIMOPTIC OR COSOPT?
Timoptic and cops opt are brand names of the eye drops containing timolol.
Q. DOES TIMOLOL CONTAIN SULFA? DOES IT NEED TO BE REFRIGERATED?
Timolol should not be used by patients allergic to sulfa drugs. The timolol containing eye drops should not be refrigerated.
Q. DOES TIMOLOL LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE? DOES IT STOP THE GROWTH OF HEMANGIOMAS?
Timolol is used to lower blood pressure. It may be used to stop the growth of hemangiomas (only after a prescription from the doctor).
Q. DOES TIMOLOL CAUSE WEIGHT GAIN/HAIR LOSS/ MIOSIS/MAKE EYELASHES GROW/ CAUSE DRY EYES/SLOW HEART RATE?
Timolol does not make eyelashes grow. It is a blood pressure-lowering medication. It is not known to cause weight gain/hair loss/miosis. It may cause dry eyes/slow heart rate as a side effect. If any side effects of the drug are observed then one should inform the doctor immediately.
Q. IS BRIMONIDINE THE SAME AS ALPHAGAN?
Yes, Alphagan is a trading name of the drug brimonidine.
Q. IS BRIMONIDINE OR BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE A BETA BLOCKER?
Brimonidine or brimonidine tartrate is a sympathomimetic drug and not a beta-blocker.
Q. DOES BRIMONIDINE CAUSE FATIGUE?
Yes, feeling fatigue is a very common side effect of brimonidine. Always consult your doctor if you experience such type of side effect.
Q. WHY DOES BRIMONIDINE CAUSE MIOSIS?
Brimonidine causing this side effect is very rare. It may be because of the overdose of other alpha2-agonists. Always consult your doctor if you experience such type of side effect.
Q. HOW DOES BRIMONIDINE LOWER INTRAOCULAR PRESSURE (IOP)?
It reduces intraocular pressure by reducing the amount of fluid in the eye.
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