What is this medication?
Brinzolamide (Ophthalmic), Azopt
Antiglaucoma Agent; Ophthalmic Carbonic Anhydrase Inhibitor
Officially indicated to treat elevated intraocular pressure secondary to open angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension.
How does this medication work?
Inhibits carbonic anhydrase which reduces the secretion of aqueous humor, thereby reducing intraocular pressure.
How should I take this medication?
Apply to affected eye(s) three times daily
How to Take: Follow instructions provided by physician/pharmacy label, use consistently at same times each day unless otherwise directed, store at room temperature. Apply light pressure to lacrimal sac (inside corner of eye near nose) for 60 seconds after application to prevent drainage of the drop from eye.
You Need to Avoid: Remove contact lenses before applying and wait at least 15 minutes after administration before reinserting.
What should I watch for while using this medication?
Before starting Brinzolamide (Ophthalmic), Azopt make sure your physician is aware of any allergies (Sulfa) or medications you currently take, if you have acute angle-closure glaucoma, kidney disease, a low corneal endothelium cell count, or if you are pregnant, or breastfeeding.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of this medicine, apply it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use two doses at one time.
How should I store this medication?
Keep out of the reach of children at all times. Store at 4°C to 30°C (36-86°F). Keep bottle tightly closed when not in use.
What are the possible side effects of using this medication?
Hyperemia (bloodshot eyes), foreign body sensation, headache, local irritation, dysgeusia (altered taste), dry eye
Note this is not a complete list of side effects, only common ones.
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