What Betoptic S is used for
Betoptic S Eye Drops contain the active ingredient betaxolol hydrochloride. Betaxolol hydrochloride belongs to a class of medicines known as "beta-adrenergic blocking agents".
Your doctor has prescribed Betoptic S Eye Drops for you because the pressure within your eye(s), known as "intraocular pressure", is higher than normal. This raised pressure may damage your eyesight and lead to a condition known as glaucoma.
Betoptic S Eye Drops are used, either alone or in combination with other medicines, to lower the raised pressure within your eye(s). Betoptic S Eye Drops do this by reducing the amount of fluid produced within your eye(s).
Before you use Betoptic S
Let your doctor know if any of the following applies to you before you start using Betoptic S Eye Drops:
* You are allergic to betaxolol hydrochloride or to any of the other ingredients in Betoptic S Eye Drops (these are listed under Product Description);
* You are pregnant, or are intending to become pregnant;
* You are breastfeeding;
* You have, or have ever had, any type of problems with your heart;
* You have, or have ever had, any type of respiratory disorder (e.g. wheezing or asthma);
* You are diabetic;
* You have an overactive thyroid gland;
* You suffer from any form of muscle weakness;
* You are taking any other medicines, including medicines that you buy at a pharmacy or health food shop without a doctor's prescription.
This is particularly important if you are currently using any other type of anti-glaucoma medication or any other eye drops.
Betoptic S Eye Drops are not recommended for use in children.
Do not use Betoptic S Eye Drops if:
* The seal around the cap is broken;
* The date (EXP) printed on the label and carton has passed.
Do not put Betoptic S Eye Drops into your eye(s) while you are wearing soft contact lenses.
You can put your soft contact lenses back into your eyes 15 minutes after you have used Betoptic S Eye Drops.
Using Betoptic S
It is important that you shake Betoptic S Eye Drops well before using them.
The usual dose of Betoptic S Eye Drops is one drop in the affected eye(s) two times each day. Your dosing instructions will be printed on the label your pharmacist put on the bottle or carton.
Do not use Betoptic S Eye Drops more often than your doctor or pharmacist has told you.
If you have been using any other eye drops for the treatment of raised intraocular pressure or glaucoma it may take several days to change from the old drops to Betoptic S Eye Drops. It is important that you carefully follow your doctor's instructions for the change-over.
After using Betoptic S Eye Drops wait at least 5 minutes before putting any other eye drops in your eye(s).
If you are going to have a general anaesthetic your doctor may gradually stop your treatment with Betoptic S Eye Drops.
If you are unsure about when, or how, to stop using Betoptic S Eye Drops you should talk to your doctor.
How to use Betoptic S
Follow these steps to use Betoptic S Eye Drops
1. Wash your hands thoroughly.
2. Shake the bottle well.
3. Remove the cap from the bottle.
4. Hold the bottle upside down in one hand between your thumb and and middle finger.
5. While tilting your head back, gently pull the lower eyelid of your eye down using the forefinger of your other hand.
6. Place the dropper tip close to, but not touching, your lower eyelid and gently tap or press the base of the bottle with your forefinger to release one drop.
7. Close your eye gently without blinking and press on the inside corner of eye with the pad of your index finger for two minutes.
8. If necessary repeat the above steps 1-6 for your other eye.
9. Place the cap on the bottle and close it tightly.
10. Wash your hands again.
You may feel a slight burning sensation in the eye shortly after using Betoptic S Eye Drops. If this per