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All about: Dorzolamide Drops

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Generic Name: Dorzolamide Eye Drops (dor-ZOLE-a-mide)
Brand Name: Trusopt

Dorzolamide Drops is used for:

Reducing pressure in the eye in patients with high blood pressure in the eye or open-angle glaucoma.

Dorzolamide Drops is a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor. It works by decreasing fluid formation inside the eye, which decreases the pressure inside the eye.

Do NOT use Dorzolamide Drops if:

  • if you are allergic to any ingredient in Dorzolamide Drops or to a sulfonamide (eg, sulfamethoxazole)
  • if you have severe kidney problems
  • if you are also taking carbonic anhydrase inhibitors (eg, acetazolamide, methazolamide)

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

Before using Dorzolamide Drops:

Some medical conditions may interact with Dorzolamide Drops. Tell your doctor or pharmacist 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 kidney problems, liver problems, or closed-angle glaucoma

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Dorzolamide Drops. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Salicylates (eg, aspirin) because the risk of its side effects may be increased by Dorzolamide Drops
  • Carbonic anhydrase inhibitors (eg, acetazolamide, methazolamide) because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Dorzolamide Drops

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Dorzolamide 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 Dorzolamide Drops:

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

  • Remove contact lenses before you use Dorzolamide Drops.
  • To use Dorzolamide Drops in the eye, first, 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 for 1 to 2 minutes. Do not blink. Remove excess medicine around your eye with a clean, dry tissue, being careful not to touch your eye. Wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them.
  • If you are using more than one eye drop medicine, the medicines should be given at least 10 minutes apart.
  • To prevent germs from contaminating your medicine, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface, including the eye. Keep the container tightly closed.
  • If you miss a dose of Dorzolamide 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 Dorzolamide Drops.

Important safety information:

  • Dorzolamide Drops may cause blurred vision. This effect may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Dorzolamide Drops with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Soft contact lenses may absorb a chemical in Dorzolamide Drops; wait 15 minutes after you use Dorzolamide Drops before you put your contacts back in.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Dorzolamide Drops before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Dorzolamide Drops while you are pregnant. It is not known if Dorzolamide Drops is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Dorzolamide Drops.

Possible side effects of Dorzolamide 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:

Bitter taste in mouth; blurred vision; burning and stinging upon instillation; dryness of eyes; eye sensitivity to sunlight; redness of the eyes; tearing

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

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); irritated eyelids.

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. Dorzolamide Drops may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of Dorzolamide Drops:

Store Dorzolamide Drops at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Dorzolamide Drops out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Dorzolamide Drops, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Dorzolamide 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 Dorzolamide 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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