carteolol solution - ophthalmic, Ocupress
GENERIC NAME: CARTEOLOL SOLUTION - OPHTHALMIC (kar-TEE-oh-lol)
BRAND NAME(S): Ocupress
USES: Carteolol is used alone or with other medications to treat high pressure inside the eye (e.g., due to open-angle glaucoma). Lowering high pressure in the eye can help prevent eye damage and vision loss. Carteolol is a beta blocker. It is thought to work by reducing the amount of fluid made in the eye.
HOW TO USE: Use this medication in the affected eye(s), usually 1 drop twice daily or as directed by your doctor. Exactly follow your doctor's directions on how often to use this drug. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy.This product contains a preservative (benzalkonium chloride) which can be absorbed by contact lenses. Therefore, contact lenses should be removed before using this medication. They may be re-inserted 15 minutes after using carteolol.Before using, check this product visually for brown discoloration, cloudiness, or particles. If any of these is present, do not use the eye drops.To apply eye drops, wash your hands first. To avoid contamination, do not touch the dropper tip or let it touch your eye or any other surface. Shake the bottle well before use.Tilt your head back, look upward, and gently pull down the lower eyelid to make a pouch. Hold the dropper directly over the eye and place one drop in the pouch. Look downward and gently close your eyes for 1-2 minutes. Place one finger at the corner of the eye near the nose and apply gentle pressure to prevent the medication from draining out. Try not to blink and do not rub the eye. This will prevent the medication from draining away from the eye. Repeat these steps for your other eye if directed by your doctor.Do not rinse the dropper. Replace the dropper cap after each use.If you are using another kind of eye medication (e.g., drops or ointments), wait at least 10 minutes before applying other medications. Use the eye drops before eye ointments to allow the eye drops to enter the eye.Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same times each day. It is important to continue using this medication even if you feel well. Most people with high pressure in the eye do not feel sick.
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