SIDE EFFECTS: Ophthalmic betaxolol can cause side effects which are usually mild and transient. The most common side effects are:
- transient ocular (temporary eye) discomfort,
- blurred vision,
- swelling, eye pain, and
Rarely, betaxolol eye drops can result in side effects that are seen with oral beta-adrenergic blockers. Other important side effects include:
- slow heart rate,
- low blood pressure,
- cold extremities, and
- shortness of breath, or
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
PREPARATIONS: Ophthalmic solution/suspension: 0.25%, 0.5%
STORAGE: These ophthalmic solutions should be kept upright at room temperature, 15 C to 30 C (59 F to 86 F) and protected from direct sunlight. They should be well shaken before each use.
DOSING: Both hands should be washed before each use of betaxolol or any other eye medication. The head should be tilted back and the lower lid pulled down with the index finger to form a pouch. The tip of the squeeze bottle should not be touch the eye or eyelid and become contaminated. The bottle should be squeezed slightly to allow the prescribed number of drops into the pouch. The eye is closed gently for 1 to 2 minutes without blinking. The usual dose is 1 drop in each affected eye twice daily. Safe use of beta blockers has been demonstrated in pediatric patients.
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