Compare Betagan vs. dorzolamide timolol

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Betagan
(Levobunolol)

Cosopt
(Dorzolamide / Timolol)

lowers eye pressure An effective control of high pressure within the eye when used alone or with other eye medications. Lowering eye pressure back to normal can prevent the onset of glaucoma.lowers eye pressure An effective two medicine combination that is used when one medication is not effective, and you are looking for ease of using both medications in one drop. Lowering eye pressure can prevent the onset of glaucoma.
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Side effects
Betagandorzolamide timolol

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How it works
Betagandorzolamide timolol
Betagan reduces the pressure inside the eye, which is a cause of glaucoma, and can lead to blindness if not corrected.[name_common decreases the production of fluids within the eye, and increases the flow of fluids out of the eye.
Type of medication
Betagandorzolamide timolol
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Available as
Betagandorzolamide timolol
  • Eye drops
  • Eye drops
Used for (click to learn more)
Betagandorzolamide timolol
  • Raised intraocular pressure
  • Ocular hypertension
Risk factors for serious side effects
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Pregnancy category
Betagandorzolamide timolol
CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

See the FDA package insert
Alcohol
No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
Food
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Kidneys and liver
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Sex
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Sleep
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Weight
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Upsides and benefits
Betagandorzolamide timolol
  • Betagan may be used with other eye drops to control high pressure within the eye.
  • If caught in time the reduction of pressure in the eye can prevent the onset of glaucoma.
  • Easier to use with two medications in one drop.
  • May add another medication when needed..
  • May be more effective than using only one medication.
Downsides and risks
Betagandorzolamide timolol
  • Betagan may cause blurred vision, short term.
  • It is generally not used if you have asthma, COPD or other lung conditions.
  • It is generally not used if you have a slow heart rate or other heart conditions.
  • There are more side effects than many other eye medications.
  • May cause carbonated beverages to taste metallic.
  • You must wait 5 minutes before using another eye drop.
  • Not used in children under 2 years of age.
  • dorzolamide/timolol is not used if you have lung disease or heart conditions relating to a low heart rate or low blood pressure.
  • May cause blurred vision.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
Betagandorzolamide timolol
  • Wash hands before putting drops in eyes.
  • Do not touch the dropper tip to your eye or hands.
  • If you wear contacts remove them and wait 15 minutes, after putting the drop in eye, to replace them.
  • After instilling drops in the eye, press one finger to the inner corner of eye, by the nose, and press lightly for 1 minute.
  • Wash hands before putting drops in eyes.
  • Do not touch the dropper tip to your eye or hands.
  • If you wear contacts remove them and wait 15 minutes, after putting the drop in eye, to replace them.
  • After instilling drops in the eye, press one finger to the inner corner of eye, by the nose, and press lightly for 1 minute.
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