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All about: Carteolol Drops

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Generic Name: Carteolol Eye Drops (KAR-tee-oh-lole)
Brand Name: Generic only. No brands available.

Carteolol Drops is used for:

Lowering eye pressure and treating glaucoma. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Carteolol Drops is an ophthalmic beta-blocker. It is unknown exactly how Carteolol Drops works to reduce the fluid pressure inside the eye, but it appears to reduce the amount of liquid produced.

Do NOT use Carteolol Drops if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Carteolol Drops
  • you have severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart failure, complete or second-degree heart block, heart shock, a resting heart rate less than 60 beats/min, or a heart rate less than 45 beats/min after a heart attack
  • you have a history of asthma

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Carteolol Drops:

Tell your health care provider if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have had an allergic reaction to other beta-blockers (eg, propranolol)
  • if you have bronchitis, breathing or lung problems, COPD, diabetes, first-degree heart block, an overactive thyroid, low blood sugar levels, blood flow or blood vessel problems, or a history of heart failure

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Carteolol Drops. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any of the following medicines.

  • Beta-blockers (eg, propranolol), bupivacaine, calcium channel blockers (eg, diltiazem), catecholamine-depleting agents (eg, reserpine), digoxin, disopyramide, flecainide, insulin, ketanserin, phenothiazines (eg, chlorpromazine), quinazolines (eg, alfuzosin), or verapamil because their actions and side effects may increased by Carteolol Drops
  • Clonidine because when given with Carteolol Drops, if it is suddenly stopped, it may cause rebound high blood pressure

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Carteolol Drops may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Carteolol Drops:

Use Carteolol Drops as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Carteolol Drops contains benzalkonium chloride, a preservative that may be absorbed by soft contact lenses. Contact lenses should be removed before using Carteolol Drops. Ask your doctor or pharmacist how long you should wait before putting your contacts back in after you use Carteolol Drops.
  • Shake well before using.
  • To use Carteolol Drops, wash your hands. Tilt your head back. Using your index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch. Drop the medicine into the pouch and gently close your eyes. Immediately use your finger to apply pressure to the inside corner of the eye (unless you recently had eye surgery) and continue to apply pressure for 1 or 2 minutes after using the medicine. Do not blink. Keep your eyes closed for 1 or 2 minutes. Remove excess medicine around your eye with a clean tissue, being careful not to touch your eye. Wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them.
  • To prevent germs from entering your medicine, do not touch the dropper tip to any surface, including your eye. Keep the container tightly closed.
  • Continue to use Carteolol Drops even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
  • If you miss a dose of Carteolol Drops, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Carteolol Drops.

Important safety information:

  • Carteolol Drops may cause blurred vision, decreased night vision, sensitivity to light, and, infrequently, drowsiness or dizziness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to Carteolol Drops. Using Carteolol Drops alone, with certain other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or to perform other potentially dangerous tasks.
  • Before you have any medical or dental treatments, emergency care, or surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are using Carteolol Drops.
  • Diabetes patients - Carteolol Drops can hide signs of low blood sugar (such as a rapid heart rate) and change blood sugar levels. Your health care provider may need to change the amount of diabetes medicines you are taking.
  • LAB TESTS, including checking for intraocular pressure, may be performed to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Use Carteolol Drops with extreme caution in CHILDREN. Safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Carteolol Drops during pregnancy. It is unknown if Carteolol Drops is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are taking Carteolol Drops check with your doctor to discuss the benefits and risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Carteolol Drops:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Blurred vision; increased tear production; sensitivity to light; temporary burning or stinging.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); changes in heart rate; chest pain; eye or eyelid swelling or irritation; headache; muscle weakness; one-sided weakness; shortness of breath; slow or irregular heartbeat; slurred speech; swelling of the hands, ankles, or feet; vision changes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include dizziness; fainting; slow heartbeat. Carteolol Drops may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of Carteolol Drops:

Store Carteolol Drops upright at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C), in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Carteolol Drops out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Carteolol Drops, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Carteolol Drops is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Carteolol Drops. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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