Chemical Name: DORZOLAMIDE (dor-ZOLE-a-mide) and TIMOLOL (TIM-oh-lole)
COSOPT is indicated for the reduction of elevated intraocular pressure in patients with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension who are insufficiently responsive to beta-blockers (failed to achieve target IOP determined after multiple measurements over time). It works by lowering pressure in the eye by decreasing the production of natural fluids in the eye. COSOPT is used for patients whose eye condition has not responded to another medication.
Take COSOPT exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow patient instructions for safe and effective use. Do not use while you are wearing contact lenses. COSOPT may contain a preservative that can be absorbed by soft contact lenses. Wait at least 15 minutes after using the eye drops before putting your contact lenses in.
To make sure you can safely take COSOPT, patients should thoroughly discuss their medical history with their doctor, especially if you have:
- allergic reactions to COSOPT or to benzalkonium chloride and/or if you have any other allergies
- lung disease (current or past history of asthma, severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- certain types of irregular heartbeats (sinus bradycardia, second or third degree AV block)
- certain types of heart disease (severe heart failure)
- kidney disease, kidney stones
- liver disease
- overactive thyroid disease
- muscle weakness disorders
- low blood flow to the brain (cerebrovascular insufficiency)
COSOPT should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. COSOPT passes into breast milk. Because of the potential risk to the infant, breast-feeding is not recommended while using this drug. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
Inform your doctor if you have any eye injury or infection, or if you need to have any type of surgery, especially eye surgery. You may need to stop using COSOPT for a short time.