Cosopt and/or Equivalents
|Drug||Related Drug Names|
|Cosopt 2%/0.5% and/or Equivalents||Act-Dorzolamide/Timolol, Cosopt, Dorzolamide/Timolol|
Cosopt is a medicinal drug containing a combination of timolol and dorzolamide. Timolol belongs to a class of drugs called beta-blockers and is used for the reduction of pressure inside the eye. Dorzolamide is also used for the same reason and achieves reduction of pressure by reducing the quantity of fluid present inside the eye.
Cosopt is available in the form of eye drops and the presence of timolol and dorzolamide thus makes Cosopt useful in the treatment of glaucoma and issues related to high pressure inside the eye.
Conditions Treated by Cosopt
Cosopt is used primarily for the reduction of pressure inside the eye brought about by dorzolamide and timolol. Cosopt is also beneficial in the treatment of glaucoma. A number of other medical conditions can also be treated by Cosopt.
Cosopt Dosage Information
a.) Typical Dosage Recommendations
It is extremely important that you take Cosopt exactly as your doctor prescribes. Be very careful not to take bigger or smaller amounts or administer the drug for a longer time than recommended and follow the directions given on the prescription label.
Take care not to use Cosopt while your contact lenses are still on. This is because Cosopt may contain certain preservatives which may be absorbed by the contact lenses. You should let at least 15 minutes pass after you have used the eye drops before you wear your contact lenses again.
Make sure that you thoroughly rinse your hands before applying the Cosopt eye drops. First, tilt your head slightly backward and pull down on the eyelid to make a tiny pocket. Hold the Cosopt dropper over the eye. Look upward and away from the dropper and squeeze out one drop onto your eye. Close your eye and lightly press on your eye’s inside corner for one minute to prevent the liquid from falling into your tear duct.
b.) Missing a Dose
If you end up missing a dose, take the missed dose the moment you remember to do so. If however you remember when it is time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose. Do not however take any extra medication to make up for this missed dose.
If you overdose on Cosopt, seek medical attention right away.
Cosopt can prove to be harmful if you happen to be suffering from certain conditions. It is important that you avoid taking Cosopt if you suffer from severe liver disease. You should also consult a doctor or a pharmacist for dose adjustments or special tests to make sure it is safe for you to take the drug if you happen to be suffering from the following medical conditions:
Particular heart defects such as:
- Irregular heart rhythms
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Congestive heart failure
- Kidney disease
- Muscle disorders
- Disorders of the thyroid
- Liver disease
Take care that the dropper of the medicine does not touch any surface and does not touch your hands and eyes. If this dropper becomes contaminated it can cause an eye infection which would ultimately lead to loss in vision and other serious defects of the eye. Stop usage of the medication and get a refill if the drug has undergone a change in color or exhibits the presence of certain foreign particles.
If you are planning on undergoing surgery of any sort, especially surgery pertaining to the eyes, make sure you inform the surgeon ahead of time that you happen to be using Cosopt eye drops. If undergoing surgery, you might be required to stop administering the drug for a short period of time.
Lastly, avoid using Cosopt if you are allergic to timolol and dorzomalide, the chemicals contained within the eye drops.
Cosopt Side Effects
As with most other drugs, Cosopt has a number of side effects. If you exhibit allergic reactions to Cosopt such as:
- swelling of tongue
- swelling of lips
- inflammation of throat
- swelling of face
- appearance of rashes
- excessive itching and difficulty in breathing
you should seek emergency medical help right away and consult your doctor immediately. The more serious side effects of using Cosopt include:
- Redness in the eyes
- Swelling of the eyelids
- Rapid gain in weight
- Several other breathing disorders
- Head ache
- Rampant blistering
- Outbreak of red skin rashes
- Heightened light sensitivity
- Redness in the eyelids
- Discomfort in the eyes
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling of the body
- Oozing of the eyes
- Crusting of the eyes
Less harmful side effects of using Cosopt are:
- Drooping in the eyelids
- Double vision
- Burning sensation in the eye
- Stinging sensation in the eye
- Stomach pain
- Back pain
- Light headedness
- Sore throat
- Stomach upset
- Dryness in the eyes
- Stuffy nose
- Loss of taste in the mouth
The above is not however an exhaustive list and other side effects may arise upon using Cosopt.
Possible Drug Interactions With Cosopt
Cosopt can prove to be harmful if used in tandem with certain other drugs. Make sure to inform your doctor about the following drugs if you are to take Cosopt:
The above however is not an exclusive list and there are other drugs including minerals, vitamins and herbal products which should not be used simultaneously and concurrently with Cosopt. Hence, it is extremely important that you inform your doctor about any and all medications that you happen to be using at the time of taking Cosopt.
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Notice: The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.