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- Product overview
Lowering eye pressure and treating glaucoma. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Betagan drops are an ophthalmic beta-blocker. It is unknown exactly how Betagan drops works to reduce the fluid pressure inside the eye, but it appears to reduce the amount of liquid produced.
Do NOT use Betagan drops if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Betagan drops
- 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
- you have a history of asthma
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Betagan drops:
Tell your health care provider if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have had an allergic reaction to other beta-blockers (eg, 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
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Betagan drops. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any of the following medicines.
- Beta-blockers (eg, propranolol), bupivacaine, calcium channel blockers (eg, diltiazem), catecholamine-depleting agents (eg, reserpine), digoxin, disopyramide, flecainide, insulin, ketanserin, phenothiazines (eg, chlorpromazine), quinazolines (eg, alfuzosin), or verapamil because their actions and side effects may be increased by Betagan drops
- Clonidine because when given with Betagan drops, if it is suddenly stopped, it may cause rebound high blood pressure
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Betagan drops may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Betagan drops:
Use Betagan drops as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Betagan drops contains benzalkonium chloride, a preservative that may be absorbed by soft contact lenses. Contact lenses should be removed before using Betagan drops. Ask your doctor or pharmacist how long you should wait before putting your contacts back in after you use Betagan drops.
- To 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.
- If you miss a dose of Betagan drops, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Betagan drops.
Important safety information:
- Betagan drops may cause blurred vision and, infrequently, drowsiness or dizziness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to Betagan drops. Using Betagan drops alone, with certain other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or perform other potentially dangerous tasks.
- Before you have any medical or dental treatments, emergency care, or surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are using Betagan drops.
- Diabetes patients - Betagan drops can hide signs of low blood sugar (such as a rapid heart rate) and change blood sugar levels. Your health care provider may need to change the amount of diabetes medicines you are taking.
- Some of these products contain sulfites, which can cause allergic reactions in certain individuals (eg, asthma patients). If you have previously had allergic reactions to sulfites, contact your pharmacist to determine if the product you are taking contains sulfites.
- 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.
- Use Betagan drops with extreme caution in CHILDREN. Safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Betagan drops during pregnancy. It is unknown if Betagan drops are 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.