Betagan Drops is an ophthalmic beta–blocker and is indicated for lowering eye pressure and treating glaucoma. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Before using Betagan Drops contact lenses should be removed. Ask your doctor or pharmacist how long you should wait before putting your contacts back in after you use Betagan Drops. Wash your hands, tilt your head back. Using your index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch. Drop the medicine into the pouch and gently close your eyes. Immediately use your finger to apply pressure to the inside corner of the eye (unless you recently had eye surgery) and continue to apply pressure for 1 or 2 minutes after using the medicine. Do not blink. Keep your eyes closed for 1 or 2 minutes. Remove excess medicine around your eye with a clean tissue, being careful not to touch your eye. Wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them. To prevent germs from entering your medicine, do not touch the dropper tip to any surface, including your eye. Keep the container tightly closed. Continue to use Betagan Drops even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
Before taking Betagan, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances, if you have had an allergic reaction to other beta–blockers (e.g., propranolol), if you have bronchitis, breathing or lung problems, COPD, diabetes, first–degree heart block, overactive thyroid, low blood sugar levels, blood flow or blood vessel problems, or a history of heart failure if you are planning to become pregnant or are breast–feeding. If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Betagan Drops during pregnancy. It is unknown if this medicine is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast–feeding while you are taking Betagan Drops check with your doctor to discuss the benefits and risks to your baby. Some medicines may interact with Betagan. Therefore tell your doctor of all prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement that you are taking. Do not take Betagan Drops if you have severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart failure, complete or second–degree heart block, heart shock, a resting heart rate less than 60 beats/minute, or a heart rate less than 45 beats/minute after a heart attack or if you have a history of asthma. Before you have any medical or dental treatments, emergency care, or surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are using Betagan Drops. Lab tests, including checking for intraocular pressure, may be performed to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments. Betagan Drops should be used with extreme caution in children. Safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
If you miss a dose take it as soon as you remember. However if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the Missed Dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
Possible Side Effects
Some of the Possible Side Effects are– Blurred vision, brow ache, increased tearing, sensitivity to light, temporary burning or stinging. Contact your doctor if any of these or other side effects occur. If you experience any of the following serious side effects, you should seek medical attention immediately– allergic reactions (rash, hives, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue), changes in heart rate, chest pain, eye or eyelid swelling, headache, muscle weakness, one–sided weakness, shortness of breath, slow or irregular heartbeat, slurred speech, swelling of the hands, ankles, or feet, vision changes.
Store Betagan Drops upright at room temperature, between 59 – 86 °F (15 –30 °C), in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Betagan Drops out of the reach of children.
If overdose is suspected seek medical attention immediately. Some of the symptoms of Betagan overdose are– dizziness, fainting, slow heartbeat. Betagan Drops may be harmful if swallowed.
Betagan Drops may cause blurred vision and, sometimes, drowsiness or dizziness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Betagan Drops with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it. Do not share this medicine with others for whom it was not prescribed. Do not use this medicine for other health conditions. If your symptoms do not improve or if they worsen, contact your doctor.
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