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Betoptic S (Betaxolol)

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Description

BETOPTIC-S (betaxolol) ophthalmic solution is a medication used to treat intraocular pressure in patients with chronic open-angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension. BETOPTIC-S belongs to the drug class beta-blocker, and it works by blocking the effects of adrenergic neurotransmitters that activate beta-1 receptors. By blocking these receptors, BETOPTIC-S decreases the production of aqueous humor, relieving high pressure and symptoms of glaucoma.

Glaucoma is the slow degeneration of optic nerves that can lead to permanent vision loss. One of the risk factors for glaucoma progression is elevated intraocular pressure, which BETOPTIC-S is often prescribed to treat.

Directions

Instill one to two drops of BETOPTIC-S ophthalmic solution to the affected eye twice daily.

The bottle should be shaken well before each use. The full effects of the medication may take several weeks to begin working in some patients.

Separate the administration of BETOPTIC-S from other eye medications by at least 10 minutes. BETOPTIC-S can be used in patients that use contact lenses.

Ingredients

The active ingredient in BETOPTIC-S is betaxolol 0.5%

Inactive ingredients include benzalkonium chloride, EDTA, hydrochloric acid (for pH balance), sodium chloride, sodium hydroxide (for pH balance).

Cautions

Care should be taken to avoid touching the tip of the eyedropper to the surface of the eye or another nonsterile surface. Doing so may contaminate the medication with bacterial growth. If the product is contaminated it should be thrown out as it can cause infection.

Beta-blockers like betaxolol do not have a high rate of systemic absorption, but in rare cases may cause systemic side effects that include cardiovascular, endocrine (diabetes), thyroid, and pulmonary side effects.

Side Effects

Common BETOPTIC-S side effects may include:

  • Anisocoria
  • Blurred vision
  • Corneal punctate staining
  • Crusty lashes
  • Decreased corneal sensitivity
  • Discharge
  • Edema
  • Erythema
  • Eye dryness
  • Foreign body sensation
  • Inflammation
  • Itching sensation
  • Keratitis
  • Ocular discomfort
  • Ocular pain
  • Photophobia

Most patients will not experience any side effects from BETOPTIC-S, but tell your prescriber if you experience any of the above.

Shop for a competitive BETOPTIC-S price on Canada Drugs Direct and avoid the line at the local drug store.

References

  1. DailyMed. “Betaxolol hydrochloride package insert.”. Published 2017. Accessed November 7, 2019.
  2. Weinreb RN, Aung T, Medeiros FA. “The Pathophysiology and Treatment of Glaucoma.” JAMA. 2014;311(18):1901. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.3192


IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

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