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Betoptic S is an eye drop product made up of betaxolol (a beta blocker). We carry the brand name version (Betoptic S) available for purchase in 0.25% bottles.

Betoptic is used by itself, or with other medications, to treat high pressure inside of the eye (open angle glaucoma) as well as other eye diseases (like ocular hypertension).Prolonged pressure in the eyes can cause one to lose their vision and go completely blind.

Betoptic works by decreasing the amount of liquid made in the eye. When there is less liquid, there is more space thus resulting in lower pressure in the eye.

Ensure you have clean hands before proceeding.

  • Tilt your head back
  • Look upward Form a pouch by pulling down on your lower eye lid
  • Hold dropper above eye; apply 1 drop into the pouch
  • Look down and gently close your eyes for 1 – 2 minutes

Do this twice daily or as directed by your doctor for the best results.

Do not rinse the dropper. Replace the dropper cap after each use.

Do not use other eye medication within 10 minutes of using Betoptic.


Tell your doctor about all medications you are currently taking including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, and herbal remedies

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant. Do not breastfeed while on this medication until you have talked to your doctor about the risks.

Tell your doctor about all drug allergies you may have.

This drug can make you dizzy. Be careful when driving while under the influence of betaxolol.

Contact your doctor right away if you develop and eye infection or injury.

If you have diabetes, be aware that using this medication could cover up the symptoms of hypoglycemia.

Make your doctor aware if you have any of the following conditions;

asthma, severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); a history of heart disease or congestive heart failure; diabetes; a thyroid disorder; a history of severe allergies; blood circulation problems or peripheral vascular disease such as Raynaud's syndrome; a muscle disorder such as myasthenia gravis; or

Side Effects

Common side effects may include:

eye irritation; itchy or watery eyes; blurred vision; feeling like something is in your eye; or increased sensitivity to light.

Stop using betaxolol and call your doctor at once if you have:

bronchospasm (wheezing, chest tightness, trouble breathing); feeling short of breath while lying down; chest pain, cough with foamy mucus; swelling, rapid weight gain; drooping eyelids; or muscle weakness in your arms or legs.


What is the difference between Betoptic and Betoptic S?

The only difference is the percentage of betaxolol in it.


What are some drug interactions to do with Betaxolol?

The main four drug interactions consist of;

  • Alphagan (brimonidine ophthalmic)
  • Diovan HCT (hydrochlorothiazide / valsartan)
  • Lantus (insulin glargine)
  • Metoprolol Succinate ER (metoprolol)


What causes glaucoma and is this a cure?

Glaucoma is usually caused by too much pressure in the eye for a long period of time. Betoptic is not a cure for glaucoma, but rather a treatment.


Can children use betaxolol?

It is not recommended for children. Speak to your doctor if you have any further questions.

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