Skip to main navigation Skip to main content Skip to footer For Medicare For Providers For Brokers For Employers Español For Individuals & Families: For Individuals & Families Medical Dental Other Supplemental Explore coverage through work How to Buy Health Insurance Types of Dental Insurance Open Enrollment vs. Special Enrollment See all topics Shop for Medicare plans Member Guide Find a Doctor Log in to myCigna
Home Knowledge Center Wellness Library betaxolol ophthalmic

betaxolol ophthalmic

Pronunciation: bay TAX oh lol off THAL mik

Brand: Betoptic S

What is the most important information I should know about betaxolol ophthalmic?

What is the most important information I should know about betaxolol ophthalmic?

You should not use this medicine if you have a serious heart condition or slow heartbeats.

What is betaxolol ophthalmic?

What is betaxolol ophthalmic?

Betaxolol is a beta-blocker that reduces pressure inside the eye.

Betaxolol ophthalmic (for the eyes) is used to treat open-angle glaucoma and other causes of high pressure inside the eye.

Betaxolol ophthalmic may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using betaxolol ophthalmic?

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using betaxolol ophthalmic?

You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to betaxolol, or if you have:

  • a serious heart condition such as "sick sinus syndrome" or "AV block" (2nd or 3rd degree);
  • severe heart failure; or
  • a history of slow heartbeats that have caused you to faint.

To make sure betaxolol ophthalmic is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

  • asthma, severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD);
  • a history of heart disease or congestive heart failure;
  • diabetes;
  • a thyroid disorder;
  • a history of severe allergies;
  • blood circulation problems or peripheral vascular disease such as Raynaud's syndrome;
  • a muscle disorder such as myasthenia gravis; or
  • a condition for which you take another beta-blocker medicine.

It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

It is not known whether betaxolol ophthalmic passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use betaxolol ophthalmic?

How should I use betaxolol ophthalmic?

Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

The usual dose of this medicine is 1 drop into the affected eye 2 times per day. Follow your doctor's dosing instructions very carefully.

Shake the eyedrops well just before using them.

Do not use this medicine while wearing contact lenses. Betaxolol ophthalmic may contain a preservative that can discolor soft contact lenses. Wait at least 15 minutes after using this medicine before putting in your contact lenses.

Wash your hands before using the eye drops.

To apply the eye drops:

  • Tilt your head back slightly and pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket. Hold the dropper above the eye with the tip down. Look up and away from the dropper and squeeze out a drop.
  • Close your eyes for 2 or 3 minutes with your head tipped down, without blinking or squinting. Gently press your finger to the inside corner of the eye for about 1 minute, to keep the liquid from draining into your tear duct.
  • Use only the number of drops your doctor has prescribed. If you use more than one drop, wait about 5 minutes between drops.
  • Wait at least 10 minutes before using any other eye drops your doctor has prescribed.

Do not touch the tip of the eye dropper or place it directly on your eye. A contaminated dropper can infect your eye, which could lead to serious vision problems.

Do not use the eye drops if the liquid has changed colors or has particles in it. Call your pharmacist for new medicine.

Tell your doctor right away if you have any eye injury or eye infection.

If you need surgery, including eye surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using betaxolol ophthalmic. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.

Store in an upright position at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. Do not freeze. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.

What happens if I miss a dose?

What happens if I miss a dose?

Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.

An overdose of betaxolol ophthalmic is not expected to produce symptoms unless the medicine is absorbed into your bloodstream. Overdose symptoms may include slow heartbeats, feeling light-headed, trouble breathing, and chest pain or tightness.

What should I avoid while using betaxolol ophthalmic?

What should I avoid while using betaxolol ophthalmic?

Betaxolol ophthalmic can cause blurred vision. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be able to see clearly.

Do not use other eye medications unless your doctor tells you to.

What are the possible side effects of betaxolol ophthalmic?

What are the possible side effects of betaxolol ophthalmic?

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Although the risk of serious side effects is low when betaxolol ophthalmic is used in the eyes, side effects can occur if the medicine is absorbed into your bloodstream.

Stop using betaxolol ophthalmic and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • bronchospasm (wheezing, chest tightness, trouble breathing);
  • feeling short of breath while lying down;
  • chest pain, cough with foamy mucus;
  • swelling, rapid weight gain;
  • drooping eyelids; or
  • muscle weakness in your arms or legs.

Common side effects may include:

  • eye irritation;
  • itchy or watery eyes;
  • blurred vision;
  • feeling like something is in your eye; or
  • increased sensitivity to light.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect betaxolol ophthalmic?

What other drugs will affect betaxolol ophthalmic?

Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any you start or stop using, especially:

  • oral betaxolol (Blocadren);
  • insulin or diabetes medications you take by mouth;
  • any other beta-blocker --atenolol, carvedilol, labetalol, metoprolol, propranolol, sotalol, and others;
  • a calcium channel blocker --amlodipine, diltiazem, felodipine, nicardipine, nifedipine, verapamil, and others;
  • medicine to treat a psychiatric disorder --chlorpromazine, haloperidol, thioridazine; or
  • heart or blood pressure medicine --amiodarone, digoxin, reserpine, and others.

This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with betaxolol ophthalmic, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.

Where can I get more information?

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about betaxolol ophthalmic.

This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise, Incorporated, disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use. Learn how we develop our content.

Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.

<cipublic-spinner variant="large"><span>Loading…</span></cipublic-spinner>

Page Footer

I want to...

Get an ID card File a claim View my claims and EOBs Check coverage under my plan See prescription drug list Find an in-network doctor, dentist, or facility Find a form Find 1095-B tax form information View the Cigna Glossary Contact Cigna

Audiences

Individuals and Families Medicare Employers Brokers Providers

Secure Member Sites

myCigna member portal Health Care Provider portal Cigna for Employers Client Resource Portal Cigna for Brokers

Cigna Company Information

About Cigna Company Profile Careers Newsroom Investors Suppliers Third Party Administrators International Evernorth

 Cigna. All rights reserved.

Privacy Legal Product Disclosures Cigna Company Names Customer Rights Accessibility Non-Discrimination Notice [PDF] Language Assistance [PDF] Report Fraud Sitemap

Disclaimer

Individual and family medical and dental insurance plans are insured by Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company (CHLIC), Cigna HealthCare of Arizona, Inc., Cigna HealthCare of Illinois, Inc., and Cigna HealthCare of North Carolina, Inc. Group health insurance and health benefit plans are insured or administered by CHLIC, Connecticut General Life Insurance Company (CGLIC), or their affiliates (see a listing of the legal entities  that insure or administer group HMO, dental HMO, and other products or services in your state). Accidental Injury, Critical Illness, and Hospital Care plans or insurance policies are distributed exclusively by or through operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, are administered by Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, and are insured by either (i) Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company (Bloomfield, CT); (ii) Life Insurance Company of North America (“LINA”) (Philadelphia, PA); or (iii) New York Life Group Insurance Company of NY (“NYLGICNY”) (New York, NY), formerly known as Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. The Cigna name, logo, and other Cigna marks are owned by Cigna Intellectual Property, Inc. LINA and NYLGICNY are not affiliates of Cigna.

All insurance policies and group benefit plans contain exclusions and limitations. For availability, costs and complete details of coverage, contact a licensed agent or Cigna sales representative. This website is not intended for residents of New Mexico.

Selecting these links will take you away from Cigna.com to another website, which may be a non-Cigna website. Cigna may not control the content or links of non-Cigna websites. Details