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What is this medication?

Dorzolamide+Timolol (Ophthalmic), Cosopt
Beta-Blocker, Carbonic Anhydrase Inhibitor, Antiglaucoma

Indicated for treatment of glaucoma.

How does this medication work?

Immunosuppresive agent that reduces the production and release of interleukin II and inhibits interleukin II-induced activation of resting T-lymphocytes via inhibition of calcineurin.

How should I take this medication?

Usual (Ophthalmic): 1g to 4g daily in 4 divided doses; usual maintenance dose is 2g daily.  Initial dose is 250mg daily and gradually titrate as tolerated.

How to Use:  If using additional topical ophthalmic preparations, separate administration by at least 5 minutes. Remove contact lens prior to administration and wait 15 minutes before reinserting. Instruct patients to avoid allowing the tip of the dispensing container to contact the eye or surrounding structures. Ocular solutions can become contaminated by common bacteria known to cause ocular infections. Serious damage to the eye and subsequent loss of vision may occur from using contaminated solutions.

What should I watch for while using this medication?

Before starting Dorzolamide+Timolol, Cosopt make sure your physician is aware of any allergies or medications you currently take, and activities you perform.  Dorzolamide+Timolol, Cosopt has been associated with severe allergic reactions or allergens, bacterial keratitis, ocular effects including conjunctivitis and lid reactions.  Dorzolamide+Timolol, Cosopt should be used with caution in patients with diabetes, heart failure, hepatic and/or renal impairment, myasthenia gravis, thyroid disease, peripheral vascular disease.  Do not use Dorzolamide+Timolol, Cosopt in patients with narrow angle glaucoma.

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 apply a double dose to make up for a missed one.

How should I store this medication?

Keep out of the reach of children at all times. Store at 15 °C–25 °C (59 °F–77 °F) protected from light, heat, and moisture.

Do not leave the top/lid off the bottle for any length of time to avoid contaminating the eye drops.

What are the possible side effects of using this medication?

Dysgeusia, burning sensation of eyes, stinging of eyes, blurred vision, conjunctival hyperemia, eye pruritus, superficial punctate keratitis

Note this is not a complete list of side effects, only the most common.