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What is DuoTrav (Travoprost/Timolol) prescribed for?
This product is a combination of two drugs; Travoprost and Timolol. This medication is used to reduce the pressure inside the eye for those that suffer from open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension. And it’s normally used for people that do not receive a complete response to treatment with only one medication.
This medication comes in a singular dose of 0.5%/0.004%. Remember your dose is based on your medical background and your overall response to the treatment. If your doctor or pharmacist has given you some information in the form of a pamphlet, take the time to read up on this drug, and if you have any questions or concerns regarding this medication, please consult your doctor.
How does DuoTrav (Travoprost/Timolol) work?
Fluid is constantly being formed within the eye and then drained out. When the fluid doesn’t drain properly, it causes the pressure inside the eye to increase. Causing pain and discomfort. This medication works by reducing the amount of fluid the eye produces and increasing the flow of the fluid out of the eye.
Wash your hands before use. Remove the cap, avoid contamination keep the tip of the container away from contact or from any surface. Tilt your head back and look up towards the ceiling. With one finger pull your lower eye lid down to create a pouch. Apply one drop into the pouch, then gently apply pressure to the inner corner of the eye for about 30 seconds. This will prevent the medication from dripping out. Once finished, wash your hands again to remove any of the remaining medication.
Do not allow the dropper to touch the eye when using.
If you use other drops, wait at least 5 minutes after using this medication, before using your others. And if you wear contact lenses, remove them before using these drops. You may place your contact lenses back in after 15 minutes.
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are allergic to Travoprost and Timolol; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history. Especially if you have had any of the following; Asthma and respiratory diseases, Diabetes, other eye conditions. Kidney disease, liver disease, heart disease, thyroid disease.
Common side effects of this medication do include the following; burning or stinging when instilling eye drops, change of color in iris or eyelashes, couch, darkened skin on eyelid, difficulty concentrating, drowsiness, dizziness, dry eyes, eye irritation and itchiness, increased tears, feeling of something in the eye, lengthening or thickening of eyelashes, headaches, eye redness, postnasal drip, thirst, throat irritation, temporarily blurred vision. It is best to speak with your doctor promptly if you are experiencing any of these side effects.
However unlikely, these serious side effects should to brought to you doctor’s attention right way; arm or leg pain, change in blood pressure or heart rate, change in urine color, ear infections, discomfort inside nose, eye or eyelid infection, eye pain, injury to eye, sensitivity to light, shortness of breath, skin infection or reaction, swelling to the eye and/or eyelid, various symptoms of heightened eye pressure.
Stop taking the medication right away and seek medical attention if any of the following side effects do occur, they are as follows; Difficulty breathing, hives, itchy skin rash, swell of the mouth and throat.
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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