timolol (Blocadren and Timolide 10-25 have been discontinued)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Annette (Gbemudu) Ogbru, PharmD, MBA

    Dr. Gbemudu received her B.S. in Biochemistry from Nova Southeastern University, her PharmD degree from University of Maryland, and MBA degree from University of Baltimore. She completed a one year post-doctoral fellowship with Rutgers University and Bristol Myers Squibb.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

GENERIC NAME: timolol

DISCONTINUED BRAND NAMES: Blocadren and Timolide 10-25

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

USES:

WARNING: (BLACK BOX WARNING):

Stopping timolol abruptly may worsen chest pain from ischemic heart disease and may precipitate a heart attack. The dose of beta-blockers should be reduced gradual over 1 to 2 weeks when discontinuing treatment, even in patients who only have hypertension. If chest pain occurs the beta blocker should be restarted, at least temporarily, and symptoms should be treated appropriately.

Beta-blocker treatment should not be interrupted or discontinued without a doctor's advice.

Hypersensitivity to catecholamines (for example, epinephrine) may occur when discontinuing beta-blockers.

SIDE EFFECTS: Minor side effects of timolol include:

Major side effects include:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/23/2016

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