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Cosopt is a combination of two drugs; timolol and dorzolamide. Timolol is a beta-blocker while dorzolamide is a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor. You can purchase these two active ingredients on their own as a generic alternative to Cosopt, or you can buy the brand name Cosopt, we carry both the brand and generic eye drops in 2%/0.5% doses in 5ml-15ml bottles!
Cosopt is used to treat high pressure in the eye usually caused by glaucoma, although other eye diseases can also cause high pressure in the eye. If a person goes to long without treating high pressure in the eye, they risk permanent vision loss.
This medication works by decreasing the amount of fluid that is found in the eye which ultimately decreases pressure.
Always follow directions given to you by your doctor. Instructions can be found on your prescription bottle or you can call your health care provider for a reminder if you forget.
This medication is usually taken twice a day.
Remove contact lens if you wear any. Do not put them back in for at least 15 minutes after putting eye drops in.
Always wash your hands before proceeding.
How to put eye drops in:
Tell your doctor about all medications you are currently taking including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, and herbal remedies. Be sure to mention any drug allergies you may have.
This drug does pass into breast milk. Consult your doctors about the risks and benefits about using this medication if you are breastfeeding or will be soon.
Cosopt may cause blurry vision temporarily after applying them. Do not drive until this has passed.
This product may mask the fast heartbeat/pounding heart you would normally feel when your blood sugar drops (if you are a diabetic), other symptoms will not be affected.
If any of the following apply to you, make sure you tell your doctor before proceeding with Cosopt.
Please note this is not a complete list of side effects. Not everyone experiences side effects; they are not guaranteed. If you do have side effects and they become unmanageable, consult your doctor about alternate medications.
Common side effects of Cosopt may include:
Serious side effects of Cosopt may include:
Signs to watch for:
severe skin reaction: fever, sore throat, cough, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.
What should I avoid while using Cosopt?
Avoid doing things that require your full attention (like driving) until you know exactly how this medication affects you. Also avoid using other eye products unless your doctor has said otherwise.
At what age can you use Cosopt?
A baby as old as 2 can start using these eyes drops. It is not meant for babies under the age of 2.
What is the average dose recommendation?
One drop of Cosopt in the affected eye two times a day is the recommended dose.
Are there any drug interactions?
Yes! The major ones include; albuterol, bismuth subsalicylate, choline salicylate, diltiazem, epinephrine, formoterol, and salmeterol. This is not a complete list. There are 35 major known drug interactions with Cosopt.
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