Brinzolamide
   

Brinzolamide
Pronunciation
Brand Names
Therapeutic Categories
Reasons not to take this medicine
What is this medicine used for?
How does it work?
How is it best taken?
What do I do if I miss a dose?
What are the precautions when taking this medicine?
What are the common side effects of this medicine?
What should I monitor?
Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately
How should I store this medicine?
General statements

Pronunciation
(brin ZOH la mide)

Brand Names
Azopt®

Therapeutic Categories
Carbonic Anhydrase Inhibitor; Ophthalmic Agent, Antiglaucoma

Reasons not to take this medicine

  • If you have an allergy to brinzolamide or any other part of the medicine.


What is this medicine used for?

  • This medicine is used to treat glaucoma.


How does it work?

  • Brinzolamide decreases production of fluid behind the eye. It lowers the pressure in the eye.


How is it best taken?

  • For the eye only.
  • Shake well first.
  • Take out soft contact lenses before using medicine. Lenses can be replaced 15 minutes after medicine is given.
  • After using medicine keep your eyes closed. Apply pressure to the inside corner of the eye. Do this for 3-5 minutes. This keeps medicine in the eye.
  • Separate each eye medicine by 5 minutes. Give one and wait 5 minutes before using the next.
  • Do not touch the bottle tip to eye, lid, or other skin.


What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Instill a missed dose as soon as possible.
  • If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one. Return to your regular schedule.
  • Do not instill a double dose or extra doses.


What are the precautions when taking this medicine?

  • You may not be alert. Avoid driving, doing other tasks or activities until you see how this medicine affects you.
  • Be careful if you have G-6-PD deficiency. Anemia may occur. Talk with healthcare provider.
  • You can get sunburned more easily. Avoid lots of sun. Use sunscreen; wear protective clothing and eyewear.
  • Use caution if you have lung disease. This includes chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic bronchitis, or emphysema.
  • Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.
  • Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
  • Tell healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding.


What are the common side effects of this medicine?

  • Metal-like taste. Food may have a bitter or sour taste.
  • Blurred vision. This will go away quickly. Use caution when driving or doing tasks that need clear vision.


What should I monitor?

  • Get eye pressures checked regularly. Talk with healthcare provider.
  • Follow up with healthcare provider.


Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately

  • Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Severe nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
  • Serious eye pain or changes in vision.
  • Any rash.


How should I store this medicine?

  • Store at room temperature.


General statements

  • Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
  • Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs, vitamins).


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