Dorzolamide and timolol ophthalmic are eye drops that are used to treat an increase in pressure in the eye that's caused by a condition called hypertension or open-angle glaucoma. Both eye conditions are caused by increasing pressure in your eye and this can lead to pain your eyes which can eventually harm your vision. This medication can help you retain your eyesight by stopping the pain from reducing the pressure in your eye. This medication is only available via prescription from your doctor and is available in the dosage form of a solution.
Along with the expected effects of dorzolamide/timolol ophthalmic, the use of this medication can produce some unwanted side effects. whilst not all of these side effects may appear, if they do, you may need medical assistance.
Speak with your doctor or healthcare professional if you suffer from any of the following side effects while taking dorzolamide/timolol ophthalmic:
Seek emergency help immediately if you experience any of the following signs of overdose when taking dorzolamide/timolol ophthalmic:
Some side effects of dorzolamide/timolol ophthalmic that occur usually do not need medical attention. You usually find the intensity of these side effects begins to reduce as your body begins to adjust to the medication. If they are bothersome, you should contact your local pharmacist or healthcare professional for advice on ways to prevent or reduce these side effects.
Check with your health care professional or doctor if any of the following side effects are persistent or you have any questions.
The final dose of any medication will depend on a number of factors. This includes your weight, age and height, your past medical conditions, any current or past medications you are on and your reaction to the first dose. Do not stop or change your dose without prior consultation and advice from your doctor or a healthcare professional. The following doses are only a guideline and your final dose may be different.
One drop of solution into the affected eye or eyes twice a day.
Same dose as above
Older than two years old: One drop in the affected eye or eyes twice a day.
Same dose as above.
Drug interactions can reduce the effectiveness of either drug or increase your risk of unwanted side effects. To limit the risk of these interactions, you should give your doctor or a healthcare professional a full list of the medications you are currently taking. This should include all prescription and nonprescription drugs, all vitamins, and herbal products. You should also mention to your doctor if you suffer from any other medical conditions or if any run in your family.
The use of this medication with any of the following medications is not usually recommended, however in some cases, the combination may be required. If this happens, your doctor may alter or change the frequency in which you use both medications.
The use of this medication will any of the following medications can increase your risk of some side effects, but both drugs may be necessary for your treatment. If you are prescribed both medications, your doctor may alter the dose or frequency in which you use both drugs.
There are over 480 drugs that have a moderate reaction to this drug. It's important you let your doctor know if you are taking any of the following medications.
Some medications should not be used around the time of eating food. This is because it can increase your risk of interactions. Tobacco and alcohol could also react with medications. You should speak with your doctor or healthcare professional about the use of tobacco, food or alcohol with this medication.
If you suffer from any other medical conditions, this could affect the use of this medication. Let your doctor or healthcare professional know if you suffer from any other medical conditions such as:
Let your doctor know if you have ever suffered from any allergic reactions to this medication or any other medications. You should also let your doctor or healthcare professional know if you suffer from any other allergies such as to animals, preservatives, dyes or foods.
Studies conducted to date have not indicated a pediatric-specific problem that could limit the effectiveness of this drug in children of two years old and above. However, efficacy and safety have not been established in those children younger than two years old.
Studies conducted to date have not indicated a geriatric-specific problem that could limit the effectiveness of this drug in the older population.
This drug is under FDA pregnancy category C. It is unknown whether dorzolamide and timolol ophthalmic will harm an unborn infant. Let your healthcare professional or doctor know if you are pregnant or intend on falling pregnant while using this drug.
It's unknown whether dorzolamide and timolol ophthalmic can pass into breast milk or if it could harm a baby who is receiving breastmilk. Do not breastfeed whilst using this medication. Speak with your doctor if you have concerns or are currently breastfeeding your baby.
Do not use this medication in a child younger than two years old.
It's extremely important that your doctor monitors the progress of you or your child at regular check-ups to make sure that this medication is working as it should do. Urine and blood test will allow your doctor to test for any unwanted side effects.
If redness, itching, swelling, or other signs of the eyelid or eye irritation occur, then stop using this medication immediately and consult advice from your doctor. These signs could indicate that you or your child is allergic to this medication.
This medication can cause heart failure in some patients. Inform your doctor immediately if you or your child are experiencing chest discomfort or pain, dilated neck veins, irregular breathing, extreme fatigue, an irregular heartbeat, swelling of the fingers, feet, lower legs, shortness of breath, weight gain, or wheezing.
Serious allergic reactions can occur while using this medication. Stop using this medication and inform your doctor urgently if you or your child show any of the following symptoms: tarry, black stools, peeling, blistering, or loosening of the skin, dark urine, chills, muscle or joint pain, rash, sores, red skin lesions, often with a purple center, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth, unusual bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness or tiredness, or yellow skin or eyes.
This medication may cause changes in your blood sugar levels and cover up signs of low blood sugar, such as an increased heart rate. Consult your doctor if you or your child experience these problems or if you notice a change in the results of your urine sugar or blood sugar tests.
Before you have any kind of dental treatment, surgery, or emergency treatment, let your dentist or medical doctor aware that you are using this medication. You may need to stop using this medication several days before you have medical tests or surgery.
It's extremely important that you inform your doctor if you get an infection or injury in your eye or if you are scheduled to have eye surgery. Your doctor will let you know whether to keep using the same container of eye drops or if you should start to begin using a fresh bottle of medication.
Do not take other medications unless they have been previously discussed with your doctor.
Your eye doctor will let you know how much of this medication to use and the frequency with which to do so. Don't use more medication than you have been told or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
This medication comes with a patient information insert. Carefully follow and read the instructions. Ask your doctor or healthcare professional for advice if you have any questions.
Use only the brand of this medicine that your doctor has prescribed to you. Do not replace preservative-containing (Cosopt®) with a product without preservative (Cosopt® PF).
Cosopt® PF eye drops is a sterile solution that doesn't contain any preservatives. The solution should be used in the single-unit containers immediately after opening. Dispose of any unused medication.
If you normally wear soft contact lenses, you need to remove them before using Cosopt® eye drops. You should wait at least fifteen minutes before you put your lenses back in.
If you are using Cosopt® PF eye drops, there is a chance you won't need to remove your contact lenses when using this medication, check with your doctor or a healthcare professional.
To use the Cosopt® eye drops:
To use the Cosopt® PF eye drops:
This medication should be kept out of the reach of children. Do not keep any medication that you no longer need or that is out of date. Keep out of the reach of children. Speak with your healthcare professional or doctor about how to dispose of your medication. This medication needs to be kept in a closed container at room temperature away from direct light, heat, and moisture. Keep this medication from freezing.
Keep the Cosopt® PF single-use containers in their original packaging to protect from light. You should write down the date you opened the foil pouch in the space provided in the pouch. Dispose of any unused containers for fifteen days after opening the medication.
When used correctly, Dorzolamide and Timolol are successful is the treatment of increased pressure in the eye. Due to a large number of interactions, it's important you give your doctor a full list of all the medications you are currently taking. This drug you should not be used when breastfeeding or when pregnant. Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Efficacy and safety have not been established for use in those who are aged 2 years or younger. If your symptoms do not improve, contact your doctor as your dose may need to be altered. Do not change or stop your medication without consulting with your doctor or healthcare professional.