Betoptic (Betaxolol) is a prescription eye drop that is used to treat open-angle glaucoma and other eye conditions of high blood pressure inside the eye such as ocular hypertension. Betaxolol belongs to a class of drugs known as beta blockers. This medication works by decreasing the amount of fluid that is made within the eye. You can help prevent blindness by lowering high blood pressure inside the eye. The full effects of the eye drops may not be seen for a period of a few weeks.
Canadian Pharmacy King currently offers the brand Betoptic from Canada and United Kingdom manufactured by Alcon. The generic Betaxolol comes from India also called Iobet manufactured by FDC Ltd. Betoptic is available in the strength of 0.25% and 0.5 % eye drops.
Betoptic Side Effects
The common side effects of Betoptic may include blurred vision, dizziness, feeling as if something is in the eye, headache, temporary discomfort of the eye, trouble sleeping and watery dry itchy red eyes.
Talk to your doctor right away if you have any of the serious side effects such as:
• Eye pain swelling or discharge;
• Hair loss;
• Increased eye sensitivity to light;
• Mental or mood changes;
• Muscle weakness;
• Slow or irregular heartbeat;
• Swelling of the ankles or feet;
• Vision changes
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.
You should not use Betoptic if you are allergic to Betaxolol or if you have any other allergies. Before you start taking this medication, talk to your doctor about your medical history and about all the medications you take including OTC and herbal medication. This medication may make you dizzy or blur your vision. Alcohol or marijuana can make you dizzier. Do not drive, use machinery or do any activity that requires you to be alert. Limit alcoholic beverages. This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless it is clearly needed. It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. There may be a drug interaction between Betoptic and other medications such as beta-blockers taken orally such as atenolol and propranolol, other eye drops and reserpine.
The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
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