carteolol solution - ophthalmic, Ocupress (cont.)

PRECAUTIONS: Before using carteolol, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other beta blockers (e.g., timolol); or to preservatives (e.g., benzalkonium chloride); or if you have any other allergies.This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: certain types of heart rhythm problems (e.g., sinus bradycardia, second- or third-degree atrioventricular block), certain serious heart conditions (cardiogenic shock, severe heart failure), severe breathing problems (asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD).Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: narrow-angle glaucoma, heart failure (treated, stable type), breathing problems (e.g., wheezing/cough with exercise), diabetes, overactive thyroid (e.g., hyperthyroidism), blood circulation problems (e.g., Raynaud's disease, peripheral vascular disease), low blood flow to the brain (cerebral insufficiency), mental/mood disorders (e.g., depression), certain nerve/muscle problems (e.g., myasthenia gravis), recent nerve surgery (e.g., sympathectomy), history of severe allergic reactions.This drug may cause temporary blurred or unstable vision after you apply it. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely.Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication.If you have diabetes, this product may mask the fast/pounding heartbeat you would usually feel when your blood sugar level falls too low (hypoglycemia). Other symptoms of a low blood sugar level, such as dizziness/sweating, are unaffected by this drug. This product also may make it harder to control your blood sugar levels. Check your blood sugar regularly as directed by your doctor. Tell your doctor immediately if you have symptoms of high blood sugar such as increased thirst/urination. Your anti-diabetic medication or diet may need to be adjusted.Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially dizziness and lightheadedness.If you develop an eye infection, have an eye injury, or have eye surgery, you may be more likely to get an eye infection from a used bottle of this medication. Check with your doctor about whether you should continue to use the same dropper bottle or use a fresh one.This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.It is not known if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

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