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Optipress (Betaxolol)
P1389 Optipress (Betaxolol) Cipla 5 ml drops 0.50% $3.18
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Betaxolol ophthalmic solution
BRAND NAMES: Betoptic, Betoptic S, Optipress
DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Betaxolol is a beta-adrenergic blocking agent.

When taken by mouth, betaxolol and other beta-adrenergic blocking agents act mainly by blocking the action of the sympathetic (adrenergic) nervous system, for example, on the heart.

In addition to its effect on the heart, betaxolol reduces the pressure within the eye (intraocular pressure). This effect is thought to be caused by reducing the production of the liquid (which is called the aqueous humor) within the eye. The precise mechanism of this effect is not known. The reduction in intraocular pressure reduces the risk of damage to the optic nerve and loss of vision in patients with elevated intraocular pressure due to glaucoma.

Betaxolol was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for ocular use as a 0.5% solution (Betoptic) in 1985 and as a 0.25% solution (Betoptic S) in 1989.

STORAGE: These ophthalmic solutions should be kept upright at room temperature, 15-30°C (59-86°F) and protected from direct light. Shake well before using each time.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Betaxolol is used for the treatment of glaucoma. Note that the type of glaucoma for which Betoptic S or Betoptic usually is prescribed is the chronic open-angle type of glaucoma. (Oral betaxolol tablets are used for treating high blood pressure and angina, but this dosage form is not discussed here.)

DOSING: Both hands should be washed before each use of betaxolol or any other eye medication. The head should be tilted back and the lower lid pulled down with the index finger to form a pouch. The tip of the squeeze bottle should not be touched to the eye or eyelid. The bottle should be squeezed slightly to allow the prescribed number of drops into the pouch. The eye is closed gently for 1 to 2 minutes without blinking. The usual dose is 1 to 2 drops into each affected eye twice daily. Safe use of beta blockers in children has not been established.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Combined use of betaxolol ophthalmic solution (Betoptic, Betoptic S) with oral beta- adrenergic blocking agents such as, for example, propranolol (Inderal), atenolol (Tenormin), metoprolol (Lopressor) or carvedilol (Coreg) can result in additive effects. Thus, patients may experience excessively low blood pressure or reductions in heart rate. Beta blockers, including betaxolol, are not habit forming.



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