Betaxolol is a drug to lower the pressure inside the eyeball due to ocular hypertension or glaucoma. Lowering the pressure inside the eye (intraocular) can reduce the risk of nerve damage and blindness.

Betaxolol works by reducing the production of aqueous humor in the eye. That way, the pressure in the eye is reduced. Betaxolol can be used as a single treatment or in combination with other drugs.

Betaxolol trademarks: Betoptima, Optibet, Tonor

What is Betaxolol

group Prescription drug
Category Beta blocker
Benefit Reducing pressure in the eyeball due to ocular hypertension or open-angle glaucoma
Used by Mature
Betaxolol for pregnant and lactating women Category C: Animal studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus, but there have been no controlled studies in pregnant women.

Drugs should only be used if the expected benefit outweighs the risk to the fetus.

Betaxolol is not known whether it can be absorbed into breast milk or not. If you are breastfeeding, do not use this medication without telling your doctor.

Drug form Eye drops

Precautions Before Using Betaxolol

Betaxolol should only be used according to a doctor's prescription. Note the following points before using betaxolol:

  • Tell your doctor about any history of allergies you have. Betaxolol should not be used by someone who is allergic to this drug.
  • Tell your doctor if you have asthma, severe heart failure or a heart rhythm disorder, such as bradycardia or AV block. Betaxolol should not be used in patients with these conditions.
  • Tell your doctor if you have recently or have ever had cardiogenic shock .
  • Tell your doctor if you have thyroid disease, kidney disease, diabetes , low blood sugar levels, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), myasthenia gravis , diabetes, Raynaud's syndrome , eye injuries or infections , or heart disease.
  • Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including supplements or herbal products.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning a pregnancy.
  • Tell your doctor that you are taking betaxolol before having any surgery, including dental surgery.
  • Do not drive a vehicle, operate heavy machinery, or do anything that requires alertness after using betaxolol. This drug may cause dizziness or blurred vision.
  • Immediately see a doctor if you have an allergic drug reaction, serious side effects, or an overdose after using betaxolol.

Dosage and Rules for Use of Betaxolol

The dose and duration of use of betaxolol will be determined by the doctor according to the age and condition of the patient. Betaxolol eye drops are available in 0.25% or 0.5% dosage forms.

The dose of betaxolol eye drops to reduce intraocular pressure due to ocular hypertension or open-angle glaucoma is 1 drop in the problematic eye, 2 times a day.

How to use betaxolol correctly

Follow the doctor 's advice and read the information on the betaxolol package before using it. If you use contact lenses, don't forget to remove your contact lenses before using betaxolol.

Wash hands with soap and running water before using the medicine. Do not touch the tip of the medicine bottle or hold the tip of the medicine bottle to your eyes to avoid contamination. Shake the medicine well before using it.

Tilt your head back and pull your lower eyelid up to form a pocket and drop the medicine into it. Close your eyes and press the corner of your eye near your nose for 1-2 minutes to allow the medicine to absorb more.

Avoid pressing, rubbing, or blinking your eyes to allow the medication to work properly. Make sure to always wash your hands after using the medicine. If you need to use other eye medications, wait 10 minutes before using them.

If you forget to use the drug, use it immediately if the schedule for the next dose is not too close. When it is close, ignore the dose and do not double the next dose.

Do not use drugs that have been opened since 4 weeks ago. Throw away the medicine, even if the medicine is still left.

Store the medicine in a closed container in a dry and cool room. Avoid storing the drug in a place exposed to direct sunlight. Keep this drug out of reach of children.

Betaxolol Interactions with Other Drugs

Some of the effects of drug interactions that can occur when taking betaxolol with certain drugs are:

  • Increased risk of bradycardia when used with digitalis glycosides, such as digoxin
  • Changes in betaxolol levels and effectiveness when used with aminophylline
  • Increased risk of mydriasis when used with epinephrine
  • Increased risk of side effects if calcium antagonists, antiarrhythmic drugs , other beta blockers, or pilocarpine eye drops are used
  • Increased risk of developing low blood pressure and impaired heart function when used with muscle relaxants, such as tubocurarine

Side Effects and Dangers of Betaxolol

Side effects that can arise after using betaxolol eye drops are:

  • The eye feels itchy, stings, or is uncomfortable
  • Watery eyes or dry eyes
  • Red eyes or blurry vision
  • Headache or dizziness
  • Hard to sleep

Check with your doctor if these side effects don't go away or get worse. See a doctor immediately, if a drug allergic reaction or serious side effects occur, such as eye pain, swelling in the eye area, sensitivity to light, eye discharge , irregular heartbeat, or hypotension.

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