Brinzolamide Timolol eye drops contain two active substances, brinzolamide and timolol, which work together to reduce pressure within the eye.
Brinzolamide Timolol eye drops are used to treat high pressure in the eyes, also called glaucoma or ocular hypertension, in adult patients that are more than 18 years of age and in whom high pressure in the eyes cannot be controlled effectively by one medicine alone.
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Glaucoma is a common eye condition where the optic nerve, which connects the eye to the brain, becomes damaged.
It’s usually caused by fluid building up in the front part of the eye, which increases pressure inside the eye.
Your eye contains a clear, watery liquid that feeds the inside of the eye. Liquid is constantly being drained out of the eye and new liquid is made to replace this. If the liquid cannot drain out quickly enough, the pressure inside the eye builds up. This medicine works by increasing the amount of liquid that is drained. This reduces the pressure inside the eye. If the high pressure is not reduced, it could lead to a disease called glaucoma and eventually damage your sight.
Glaucoma can lead to loss of vision if it’s not diagnosed and treated early.
It can affect people of all ages, but is most common in adults in their 70s and 80s.
Glaucoma does not usually cause any symptoms to begin with.
It tends to develop slowly over many years and affects the edges of your vision (peripheral vision) first.
For this reason, many people do not realise they have glaucoma, and it’s often only picked up during a routine eye test.
If you do notice any symptoms, they might include blurred vision, or seeing rainbow-coloured circles around bright lights.
Both eyes are usually affected, although it may be worse in 1 eye.
Very occasionally, glaucoma can develop suddenly and cause:
Visit an opticians or a GP if you have any concerns about your vision.
If you have glaucoma, early diagnosis and treatment can help stop your vision getting worse.
Without treatment, glaucoma can eventually lead to blindness.
This is a medical emergency that may require immediate treatment.
There are several different types of glaucoma.
The most common is called primary open angle glaucoma. This tends to develop slowly over many years.
It’s caused by the drainage channels in the eye becoming gradually clogged over time.
Other types of glaucoma include:
Glaucoma can occur for a number of reasons.
Most cases are caused by a build-up of pressure in the eye when fluid is unable to drain properly.
This increase in pressure then damages the nerve that connects the eye to the brain (optic nerve).
It’s often unclear why this happens, although certain things can increase the risk, including:
It’s not clear whether you can do anything to prevent glaucoma, but having regular eye tests should pick it up as early as possible.
The treatment recommended for you will depend on the type of glaucoma you have, but the options are:
You’ll also probably need regular appointments to monitor your condition and check the treatment is working.
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How to use Brinzolamide Timolol eye drops – Azarga Eye drops Alternative.
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
If you are changing from another eye drop medicine used to treat glaucoma to Brinzolamide Timolol eye drops, you should stop using the other medicine and start using Brinzolamide Timolol
eye drops the following day. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
To prevent contamination of the dropper tip and the suspension, care must be taken not to touch the eyelids, surrounding areas, or other surfaces with the dropper tip. Keep the bottle
tightly closed when not in use.
The following measure is useful to limit the amount of medicine that will come into the blood after application of eye
– Keep the eyelid closed, while simultaneously applying gentle
pressure to the corner of the eye next to the nose with a finger for at least 2 minutes.
The recommended dose is one drop in the affected eye or eyes, twice a day.
Only use Brinzolamide/Timolol eye drops in both eyes if your doctor told you to. Take it for as long as your doctor told you to.
What you need to know before you use Brinzolamide/
Timolol eye drops
Do not use Brinzolamide/Timolol eye drops if you:
– are allergic to brinzolamide, medicines called sulphonamides
(examples include medicines used to treat diabetes, infections and also diuretics (water tablets)), timolol, beta-blockers (medicines used to lower blood pressure or to treat heart disease) or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6)
– have now or have had in the past respiratory problems such as asthma, severe long lasting obstructive bronchitis (a severe lung condition which may cause wheezing, difficulty in breathing and/or long standing cough) or other types of breathing problems
– have severe hay fever
– have a slow heartbeat, heart failure or disorders of heart rhythm (irregular heartbeats)
– have too much acidity in your blood (a condition called hyperchloraemic acidosis)
– have severe kidney problems
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Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects although not everybody gets them.
Stop using this medicine and contact your doctor immediately if you develop skin rash, severe skin reaction, or severe redness and itching of the eye. These could be the signs of an allergic reaction (frequency is not known).
You can usually carry on taking the drops, unless the effects are serious.
If you are worried, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Do not stop using Brinzolamide Timolol eye drops without speaking to your doctor first.
Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):
– Effects in the eye: eye surface inflammation, blurred vision, signs
and symptoms of eye irritation (e.g. burning, stinging, itching, tearing, redness), eye pain.
– General side effects: heart rate decreased, taste disturbances.
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What Brinzolamide Timolol eye drops contains
– The active substances are brinzolamide and timolol. One ml of suspension contains 10mg of brinzolamide and timolol maleate corresponding to 5mg of timolol.
– The other ingredients are benzalkonium chloride (see section 2 ‘Brinzolamide/Timolol eye drops contains benzalkonium chloride’),
carbomer, disodium edetate, mannitol (E421), purified water, sodium chloride, hydrochloric acid and/or sodium hydroxide.
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