|| Timolol Maleate/Dorzolamide Hydrochloride
|| Merck & Co.
What is Cosopt?
Cosopt contains 2 active ingredients timolo maleate, a beta blocker and dorzolamide hydrochloride which is a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor type of medication. The solution works by reducing the amount of fluids in the eye to decrease the pressure inside the eye. It can be used to prevent nerve damage, blindness caused by open angle glaucoma, ocular hypertension and other eye diseases.
How is Cosopt used?
Cosopt should be administered 2 times per day to the affected eye unless otherwise directed by a doctor. Contact a doctor for the correct dosage as it will depend on the patient's condition and their response to the therapy. Prior to applying the eye drops, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Tilt the head back and pull down the lower eye lid with an index finger to form a pocket. Look up and away while dropping one drop of the medication into the pocket. Close the eye, place a finger on the tear duct and apply gentle pressure to prevent any leaking of the solution. Tilt the head down for 2 to 3 minutes as though looking at the floor before reopening the eyes. Repeat as necessary for any additional doses in each affected eye.
Patients using Cosopt may encounter unwanted side effects such as:
- Temporary blurred vision
- Burning, stinging, itching or redness of the eye
- Dry or watery eyes
- Unusual taste in mouth
Contact a doctor immediately should side effects persist or encounter more severe side effects such as:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Mental or mood changes
- Shortness of breath
- Redness or inflammation of the eyelid
- Muscle weakness
- Signs of kidney stones
- Sudden unexplained weight gain
Immediately proceed to your nearest emergency department if you suffer an allergic reaction. Symptoms usually associated with such a reaction include difficulty breathing or swallowing, chest tightness, swelling, skin rashes, and hives.
Cosopt is not always suitable for all patients. Always consult your health care provider prior to using this medication if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to conceive, using any other medication (prescription or non-prescription), using any herbal products or supplements, or if you have any allergies or other health problems.
The correct dosage and prescription commonly depend on the patient and the condition being treated. Do not adjust your dosage without the approval of your health care provider. This product is only for use as prescribed and instructed.