Timoptic XE (timolol maleate)

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Timoptic XE {ATON Pharma}

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timolol maleate, pronounced TIM-oh-lol MAH Lee ate

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The information contained in this drug guide is intended as an educational resource only. This guide is not exhaustive and does not contain all available information about this drug.This guide is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatment.

The information provided in this guide does not replace the need for the advice and services of medical professionals or the need for medical examination. Always talk to your physician or pharmacist before taking any prescription medication or over the counter drugs (including any supplements) or before making any changes to your treatment. Only your doctor, nurse or pharmacist can provide you with safe and effective advice regarding your drug treatment.

The use of the information in this guide is at your sole risk. This information is provided "AS IS" with no warranties to accuracy or timeliness.

**All trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 

What is Timoptic XE?

Timoptic XE is used to treat open-angle glaucoma, as well as other causes of high pressure inside your eyes. Timoptic XE helps to reduce the pressure in your eyes by decreasing the amount of fluid production in your eyes.

Timoptic XE may also be prescribed for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

 

Key Facts About Timoptic XE

Timoptic XE is a beta-blocker and helps by decreasing the fluid production in your eyes, which reduces your eye pressure. Do not use Timoptic XE if you are currently using another beta-blocker eye drop.

Certain medications can interact with Timoptic XE eye drops, so take care to tell your doctor about all of the medications that you take before starting treatment with Timoptic XE.

Timoptic XE should not be administered while you are wearing contact lenses. There is a chemical in Timoptic XE that can be absorbed if you wear soft contact lenses. You should wait at 15 minutes or longer to put your contact lenses in after using Timoptic XE eye drops.

Timoptic XE may cause blurry vision, dizziness or drowsiness. Take care to not use this medication along with alcohol or other drugs without talking to your doctor first.

You should be careful not to allow the tip of the Timoptic XE eye dropper to touch any surface, which includes your eyes or hands. Should the dropper touch any surfaces it could become contaminated, leading to a possible infection of your eye. Eye infections can cause serious damage or even vision loss.

Timoptic XE is in FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether Timoptic XE can be harmful to an unborn baby. You should tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant before using Timoptic XE. Do not use Timoptic XE if you are breastfeeding as Timoptic XE passes into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby.

 

Before You Take Timoptic XE

You should not take Timoptic XE if you are allergic to timolol maleate.

Tell your doctor before beginning treatment with Timoptic XE if you have a history of lung or breathing problems like bronchitis, COPD or emphysema, diabetes, low blood sugar or heart problems.

If you have certain muscle problems, like myasthenia gravis, or blood vessel problems you should inform your doctor before using Timoptic XE.

Tell your doctor right away if you have an overactive thyroid, if you have ever had eye surgery or an eye injury, a drooping eyelid or if you will be having surgery of any kind in the near future before starting to take Timoptic XE.

Talk to your doctor if you wear contact lenses to make sure that you can still wear your lenses while you are using Timoptic XE. Timoptic XE should not be administered while you are wearing contact lenses. There is a chemical in Timoptic XE that can be absorbed if you wear soft contact lenses. You should wait at 15 minutes or longer to put your contact lenses in after using Timoptic XE eye drops.

 

Timoptic XE Drug Interactions

Some medications have the potential to interact with Timoptic XE. Tell your doctor if you take any of the following medications:

  • alpha-blockers like alfuzosin and prazosin
  • antiarrhythmic medications like disopyramide, flecainide and quinidine
  • antidiabetic medications, insulin or oral like glyburide or repaglinide
  • beta-blockers like propranolol
  • beta-blocker eye drops like betaxolol
  • calcium channel blockers like diltiazem and verapamil
  • cimetidine
  • clonidine
  • digoxin
  • epinephrine
  • reserpine
  • selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like fluoxetine
  • sympathomimetics like albuterol and salmeterol
  • theophylline

You should tell your doctor about all of the medications you use. This includes prescription drugs, vitamins, supplements and herbal products, and over the counter medications. You should not begin taking a new medication without telling your doctor first.

 

Directions for Taking Timoptic XE

You should take Timoptic XE exactly how it was prescribed for you. You should not use Timoptic XE in larger or smaller amounts, or use it for longer or shorter than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions exactly on your prescription label.

A patient instruction guide comes with your Timoptic XE prescription which gives you instructions for safe and effective use of this medication. Be sure to follow the instructions for using Timoptic XE carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions. Take care to only use Timoptic XE eye drops in your eye.

When you are ready to apply the Timoptic XE eye drops you should tilt your head back slightly and pull your lower eyelid down to create a small pocket. Hold the dropper steadily above your eye with the tip facing down. You should look up and away from the dropper as you squeeze out a drop. Close your eye after administering the drop for a few seconds. Next, lightly press your finger to the inside corner of the eye (near your nose) for about 1 to 2 minute to keep the liquid from draining into your tear duct. Do not blink during this time.

You should only use the amount of drops that your doctor has prescribed for you. Wait at least 10 minutes before applying any additional eye drops that you have been prescribed.

You should not use the eye drops if the liquid has changed colors or if it has particles in it. If this is the case you should contact your doctor for a new prescription.

Do not attempt to make the hole on the eye dropper any bigger.

Timoptic XE is intended for adult use only. Do not administer Timoptic XE to children.

If you are a diabetic take care to regularly monitor your blood sugar while taking Timoptic XE, as this medication can mask the signs of low blood sugar, like a rapid heartbeat.

If you need to have eye surgery, if you have an eye injury or develop an eye infection at any time during your treatment with Timoptic XE you should tell your doctor immediately.

Timoptic XE needs to be stored either at room temperature, or in the refrigerator. Do not freeze Timoptic XE. Keep the bottle tightly closed and away from both moisture and heat. Do not over tighten the cap as it may damage the bottle or cap.

If you miss a dose of Timoptic XE you should attempt to take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose do not take the missed dose in addition to your regular dose.

 

Timoptic XE Side Effects

If you experience any of the following adverse effects you should stop taking Timoptic XE and seek emergency medical help immediately:

  • allergic reaction such as difficulty breathing, hives or swelling of your throat, face, tongue or lips
  • chest pain
  • cold or blue fingers or toes
  • confusion
  • discharge or oozing from your eyes
  • fainting
  • headaches that are persistent or severe
  • heartbeat that is irregular
  • mood changes
  • numbness and tingling of your arms or legs
  • redness, swelling, itching or pain in or around your eye
  • shortness of breath
  • slurred speech
  • swelling of your ankles, feet or hands
  • vision changes
  • weakness on one side of your body
  • weight gain that is unusual
  • wheezing

Less serious Timoptic XE side effects may include:

  • dizziness
  • dry eyes
  • mild eye discomfort
  • feeling like something is in your eye
  • headache
  • nausea
  • minor stinging or burning in your eyes
  • watery eyes or increased tear production

It should be noted that this is not a complete list of possible side effects of Timoptic XE. You should contact your physician for a complete list and medical advice regarding these effects.

 

Timoptic XE Description and Dosing

Timoptic XE is available as a Sterile Ophthalmic Gel Forming Solution in concentrations of 0.25% and 0.5%. Timoptic XE Sterile Ophthalmic Gel Forming Solution is a colorless to nearly colorless solution that is slightly opalescent.

Timoptic XE is prescribed based on the individual need of each patient. Your doctor will tell you the right dose for you.

If you suspect that you have overdosed with Timoptic XE you should seek emergency help immediately.

 

Ingredients in Timoptic XE

Timoptic XESterile Ophthalmic Gel Forming Solution is supplied as a sterile, isotonic, buffered, aqueous solution of timolol maleate in two dosage strengths of 0.25% and 0.5%. Inactive ingredients include GELRITE gellan gum, tromethamine, mannitol, and water for injection. The preservative benzododecinium bromide 0.012% is also added to Timoptic XE.

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Disclaimer

The information contained in this drug guide is intended as an educational resource only. This guide is not exhaustive and does not contain all available information about this drug.This guide is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatment.

The information provided in this guide does not replace the need for the advice and services of medical professionals or the need for medical examination. Always talk to your physician or pharmacist before taking any prescription medication or over the counter drugs (including any supplements) or before making any changes to your treatment. Only your doctor, nurse or pharmacist can provide you with safe and effective advice regarding your drug treatment.

The use of the information in this guide is at your sole risk. This information is provided "AS IS" with no warranties to accuracy or timeliness.

**All trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.