Azopt Drops (Brinzolamide)

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    Azopt Drops (Brinzolamide) Dosage and Side Effects

    AZOPT ophthalmic (for the eyes) is used to treat certain types of glaucoma and other causes of high pressure inside the eye.

    Warnings and Precautions

    Do not use this medication while you are wearing contact lenses. This medication may contain a preservative that can be absorbed by soft contact lenses. Wait at least 15 minutes after using the eye drops before putting your contact lenses in.

    Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have narrow-angle glaucoma.

    Do not allow the dropper to touch any surface, including the eyes or hands. If the dropper becomes contaminated it could cause an infection in your eye, which can lead to vision loss or serious damage to the eye.

    Do not use any other eye medication unless your doctor has prescribed it for you. If you use another eye medication, use it at least 10 minutes before or after using AZOPT ophthalmic. Do not use the medications at the same time.

    AZOPT ophthalmic can cause blurred vision. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be able to see clearly.

    You should not use this medication if you are allergic to AZOPT.

    Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have narrow-angle glaucoma.

    FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

    It is not known whether AZOPT ophthalmic passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

    Side Effects

    Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

    Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

    • swelling or redness of your eyelids;
    • eye redness, discomfort, or sensitivity to light;
    • drainage, crusting, or oozing of your eyes or eyelids;
    • fever, sore throat, and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash;
    • pain in your upper stomach, jaundice (yellowing of your skin or eyes);
    • pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding; or
    • chest pain.

    Less serious side effects may include:

    • blurred vision, double vision, drooping eyelid;
    • burning or stinging in your eye;
    • bitter or unusual taste in your mouth;
    • stomach or back pain;
    • dry eyes, feeling that something is in your eye;
    • headache; or
    • nausea, diarrhea.

    This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

    Interactions with this medication

    AZOPT ophthalmic can cause blurred vision. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be able to see clearly.

    Do not use any other eye medication unless your doctor has prescribed it for you. If you use another eye medication, use it at least 10 minutes before or after using AZOPT ophthalmic. Do not use the medications at the same time.

    Before using AZOPT ophthalmic, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:

    • salicylates such as aspirin, Novasal, Doan's Extra Strength, Salflex, Tricosal, and others;

    This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with AZOPT ophthalmic. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.

    Proper Use of this medication

    Do not use this medication while you are wearing contact lenses. This medication may contain a preservative that can be absorbed by soft contact lenses. Wait at least 15 minutes after using the eye drops before putting your contact lenses in.

    Use AZOPT ophthalmic exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use the medication in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the instructions on your prescription label.

    Wash your hands before using the eye drops.

    To apply the eye drops:

    • Tilt your head back slightly and pull down on the lower eyelid to create a small pocket. Hold the dropper above the eye with the dropper tip down. Look up and away from the dropper. Squeeze out a drop and close your eye. Gently press your finger to the inside corner of the eye (near the nose) for about 1 minute to keep the liquid from draining into your tear duct.
    • If you use the drops in both eyes, repeat the steps above in your other eye. Also wait at least 10 minutes before using any other eye drops that your doctor has prescribed.

    Do not allow the dropper to touch any surface, including the eyes or hands. If the dropper becomes contaminated it could cause an infection in your eye, which can lead to vision loss or serious damage to the eye.

    Do not use this medicine if it has changed colors or has particles in it.

    Tell your doctor right away if you have an eye infection, injury, or plan to have any type of eye surgery. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.

    Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.

    Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.

    An overdose of AZOPT ophthalmic is not expected to produce life-threatening symptoms.

    Use the medication as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and use the medicine at the next regularly scheduled time. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

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    The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.