This medicine contains the active ingredient betaxolol, which is a selective beta receptor blocker used in the treatment of ocular hypertension (high eye pressure) and certain types of glaucoma. It reduces the high pressure in the eye by lessening the amount of fluid made in the eye. By lowering the pressure, betaxolol reduces the risk of damage to the optic nerve and loss of vision.
Is Betaxolol suitable for me?
Betaxolol is not suitable for everyone. Do not use it
- if you are allergic to betaxolol or to other ingredients of this medicine
- if you have respiratory problems like asthma, severe chronic obstructive bronchitis
- if you have heart problems
In particular, you must tell the doctor if you:
- have any type of heart problems
- have breathing problems
- have poor blood circulation disease (such as Raynaud’s disease or Raynaud’s syndrome)
- have diabetes
- have overactive thyroid gland
- have a muscle weakening disease such as myasthenia gravis
- have angle-closure glaucoma
- have dry eyes (Sicca Syndrome)
- wear soft contact lenses
- are pregnant or breastfeeding
Betaxolol interacts with other medicines. It is most important that you tell the doctor all the medications and herbal supplements that you are currently taking.
See the package leaflet for a complete list of possible contraindications and warnings.
How should I take Betaxolol?
This medicine is available in form of eye drops.
You should take betaxolol exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist.
- The usual dose is 1 drop in the affected eye(s) twice a day, which is put between the lower eyelid and the eye.
Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, or do not use it for a longer time than your doctor instructed. Do not miss any doses and take the medicine at the same time each day. Do not take two doses together if you miss a dose.
Read the information leaflet provided with your medication for additional information. Talk to your doctor if you have any additional questions.
What are Betaxolol side effects?
Like all medicines betaxolol can cause side effects, including:
- eye discomfort (feeling that there is something in the eye)
- blurred vision, watery eyes
- dry eyes
- inflammation of the eye surface
- sensitivity to light
- painful, irritated, red or swollen eyes
- slow heart beat or unusually rapid heart beat
- asthma, difficulty breathing
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe. See the package leaflet for a complete list of side effects.