Ophthalmic brinzolamide is prescribed for the treatment of glaucoma, a medical condition characterized by elevated intraocular pressure and subsequent visual impairment. Brinzolamide belongs to a pharmacological class known as carbonic anhydrase inhibitors, which effectively reduce intraocular pressure and mitigate the progression of glaucomatous damage.
Uses and Dosage
Ophthalmic brinzolamide is administered as a liquid solution for instillation in the eyes. The typical recommended dosage is three times per day.
Utilize brinzolamide eye drops precisely as directed, refraining from using more or less than prescribed, or deviating from the prescribed frequency of administration.
While brinzolamide eye drops effectively manage glaucoma, they do not provide a cure. Continue using brinzolamide eye drops consistently, even if you perceive an improvement in your condition. Discontinuing the use of brinzolamide eye drops should only be done after consulting with your doctor.
To administer the eye drops, the following steps should be followed:
- Thoroughly wash hands with soap and water.
- Do not allow the dropper tip to touch the eye or any other surface, and ensure that it is kept clean.
- Tilt the head back and pull down the lower lid of the eye using the index finger to form a pocket.
- Hold the dropper as close to the eye as possible without making contact, and brace the remaining fingers against the face.
- Squeeze the dropper gently to instill a single drop in the pocket created by the lower eyelid while looking upwards.
- Remove the index finger from the lower eyelid and keep the eye closed for 2-3 minutes while tilting the head down.
- Apply gentle pressure to the tear duct using a finger.
- Use a tissue to wipe off any excess liquid from the face.
- Wash hands to remove any residual medication.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:
- blurred vision
- bitter, sour, or unusual taste after instilling the drops
- dry eyes
- feeling that something is in your eye
- runny nose
Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:
- itching eyes or skin
- redness or swelling of eyes, lips, tongue, or skin
- watery eyes
- eye pain
- skin rash, hives, or skin changes
- difficulty breathing or swallowing
- sore throat
- chest pain
Prior to initiating brinzolamide usage, inform your doctor or pharmacist about any known allergies, including allergies to brinzolamide or other substances. This product may contain inactive ingredients that can trigger allergic reactions or other complications.
Before commencing treatment with this medication, discuss your medical history, particularly any pre-existing eye conditions, kidney problems, or liver disease, with your doctor or pharmacist.
In the event of developing an eye infection or sustaining an eye injury, or if you are scheduled for eye surgery, consult your doctor regarding the continuation of the current bottle of brinzolamide. You may receive guidance to begin using a new bottle.
Temporary blurred or unstable vision may occur after application of this medication. It is important to refrain from driving, operating machinery, or engaging in activities that require clear vision until you are confident in your ability to perform them safely.
During pregnancy, the use of this medication should only be considered if absolutely necessary. Discuss the potential risks and benefits with your doctor.
It is currently unknown whether this drug passes into breast milk. Prior to breastfeeding, consult your doctor for guidance.
Form and Strength
Azopt Eyedrops is available in the following forms and strengths:
Azopt Eyedrops eye drops:
How long does Azopt Eyedrops take to work?
Azopt Eyedrops may take 1 to 4 weeks to reach its full effect.
Can I use Azopt Eyedrops for a long time?
Yes, you can use Azopt Eyedrops for a long time. Most people use them for many years with no problems.