GENERIC NAME: timolol
DISCONTINUED BRAND NAMES: Blocadren and Timolide 10-25
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
- Timolol is prescribed to lower blood pressure in patients with high blood pressure (hypertension).
- It also is used to reduce angina (heart pain), and to stabilize irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias) and prevent migraine headaches. Off label uses include the treatment of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and mitral valve prolapse.
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:
- vivid dreams,
- memory loss,
- slow heart rate,
- low blood pressure,
- blueness of the hands or feet,
- sore throat,
- shortness of breath, or
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