Timoptic drops are used for:
Treating increased pressure in the eye (ocular hypertension) and open-angle glaucoma. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Timoptic drops are a beta-blocker. It works to decrease fluid production and pressure inside the eye.
Do NOT use Timoptic drops if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Timoptic drops
- you have severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or a history of asthma
- you have heart block, heart failure, or an unusually slow heartbeat
- you are in shock caused by severe heart problems
- you are using another beta-blocker eye drop (eg, betaxolol)
- Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Timoptic drops:
Some medical conditions may interact with Timoptic drops. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have a history of lung or breathing problems (eg, bronchitis, COPD, emphysema), diabetes, low blood sugar, heart problems, certain muscle problems (eg, myasthenia gravis, muscle weakness), blood vessel problems, or an overactive thyroid
- if you have narrow-angle glaucoma, double vision, a drooping eyelid, or an eye infection or injury
Certain sympathomimetics (eg, albuterol, salmeterol), epinephrine, or theophylline because their effectiveness may be decreased by Timoptic drops
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Timoptic drops may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Timoptic drops:
Use Timoptic drops as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
An extra patient leaflet is available with Timoptic drops. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
Timoptic drops are only for the eye. Do not get it in your nose or mouth.
Soft contact lenses may absorb a chemical contained in some brands of Timoptic drops. Remove contact lenses before you use Timoptic drops; lenses may be placed back in the eyes 15 minutes after use of Timoptic drops.
To prevent germs from contaminating your medicine, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface, including the eye. Keep the container tightly closed.
Use Timoptic drops at least 10 minutes before or after any other medicine that you put in your eye.
Using Timoptic drops at the same time each day will help you remember to use it.
Continue to use Timoptic drops even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
If you miss a dose of Timoptic drops, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Timoptic drops.
Important safety information:
Timoptic drops may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or blurred vision. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Timoptic drops with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Timoptic drops while you are pregnant. Timoptic drops are found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Timoptic drops.
Possible side effects of Timoptic drops:
- Arm, back, or jaw pain
- blisters, hives, welts, or itching
- blue lips, fingernails, or skin
- burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, “pins and needles”, or tingling feelings
- change in vision
- chest pain or discomfort
- chest tightness or heaviness
- confusion about identity, place, and time
- continuing ringing or buzzing or other unexplained noise in ears
- coughing that sometimes produces a pink frothy sputum
- difficult, fast, noisy breathing, sometimes with wheezing
- difficulty in chewing, swallowing, or talking
- dilated neck veins
- discharge, excessive tearing
- disturbed color perception
- dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position suddenly
- double vision
- drooping eyelids
- dry or itching eyes
- extreme fatigue
- false sense of well-being
- fast, slow, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
- fear, nervousness
- feeling of having something in the eye
- fever and chills
- flashes of light, floaters in vision
- general feeling of discomfort or illness
- hair loss
- halos around lights
- inability to speak
- increased sweating
- irregular, fast or slow, or shallow breathing
- large, hive-like swelling on face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
- lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting
- loss of vision
- memory loss