Betaxolol treats high blood pressure. It also comes as an eye drop to treat ocular hypertension and open-angle glaucoma. Do not stop taking this medication without talking to your doctor first.
Betoptic S Overview
Betaxolol is a prescription medication used to treat high blood pressure. It is also used as an eye drop to treat ocular hypertension and chronic open-angle glaucoma. Betaxolol belongs to a group of drugs called beta blockers. These work by slowing the heart rate to increase blood flow and lower blood pressure.
This medication comes in an oral (by mouth) tablet form and is usually taken once a day, with or without food.
Betaxolol is also available as an eye drop and is usually used twice daily.
Common side effects of betaxolol tablets include headache and tiredness.
Betaxolol can also cause drowsiness and dizziness. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how betaxolol affects you.
Common side effects of betaxolol eye drops include itchy and dry eyes, eye discomfort, and blurred vision.
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Uses of Betoptic S
The eye drop is also used to treat chronic open-angle glaucoma, an eye disease that damages certain nerves in the eye and can cause vision loss.
This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Betoptic S Drug Class
Betoptic S is part of the drug class:
Side Effects of Betoptic S
Serious side effects have been reported with betaxolol. See the "Betaxolol Precautions" section.
Common side effects of betaxolol include the following:
- joint pain/inflammation
- slow heart rate
- shortness of breath
- eye discomfort
- eye itching
- blurred vision
- eye dryness
This is not a complete list of betaxolol side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.