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What is Azopt Eye Drops (Brinzolamide) prescribed for?
Brinzolamide, the active ingredient within the Azopt Eye Drops, is used to treat high pressure inside the eye due to glaucoma or other various eye diseases. By lowering the high pressure within the eye, it lowers the risk of blindness. Overall, this medication works by decreasing the amount of fluid in the eye.
Apply this medication to the affected eye. It is usually taken in form of one drop 3 times a day, or as directed by your doctor. When applying the eye drops, please wash your hands first. That way you can avoid any contamination. Do not touch the dropper tip or let it touch your eye or any other surface. If you wear any contact lenses, remove them before using your eye drops. Wait atleast 15 minutes each dose before putting your lenses back in.
Tilt your head back, look upwards and pull down the lower eyelid to make it appear as a pouch. Hold the dropper directly above your eye and place one drop in each pouch. Then look downward and gently close your eyes for 1 to 2 minutes. Place a finer at the inner corner of your eye, near your nose, and apply a gentle pressure. Doing so will prevent any medication from draining out. Try not to blink and do not rub your eye.
Do not rinse the dropper, It is best to just replace the dropper cap each use.
If you use other eye medication, wait at least 10 minutes before applying other medications after the use of Azopt Eye Drops.
Before using brinzolamide, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: other eye conditions, kidney problems, liver disease. If you develop an eye infection or injury, or have eye surgery, check with your doctor about whether you should continue to use your current bottle of brinzolamide. You may be advised to start using a new bottle.
Your vision may be temporarily blurred or unstable after applying this drug. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely.
Temporary blurred vision, bitter/sour/unusual taste in your mouth, dry eyes, temporary discomfort/itching/redness of the eye, feeling as if something is in your eye, eye discharge, and headache may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Seek immediate medical attention if you have any of these rare but very serious side effects: eye or eyelid swelling/pain, stomach/side/back pain, persistent nausea or vomiting, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine, easy bruising or bleeding, unusual tiredness, signs of infection (e.g., fever, chills, persistent sore throat), chest pain.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.
What is the best dosage to take?
The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.
What happens if I miss a dose?
You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
What is the best way to store this medication?
This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.
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