Compare dorzolamide timolol vs. Iopidine

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Cosopt
(Dorzolamide / Timolol)

Iopidine
(Apraclonidine)

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.Lowers eye pressure .Iopidine is used before and after laser surgery to prevent increased eye pressure due to the surgery.
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Side effects
dorzolamide timololIopidine

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How it works
dorzolamide timololIopidine
[name_common decreases the production of fluids within the eye, and increases the flow of fluids out of the eye.Iopidine reduces the fluid production within the eye, and increases the flow of fluids out of the eye.
Type of medication
dorzolamide timololIopidine
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Available as
dorzolamide timololIopidine
  • Eye drops
  • Eye drops
Used for (click to learn more)
dorzolamide timololIopidine
  • Ocular hypertension
  • Laser surgery - Ocular hypertension
Risk factors for serious side effects
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Pregnancy category
dorzolamide timololIopidine
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
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Food
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Kidneys and liver
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Sex
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Sleep
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Upsides and benefits
dorzolamide timololIopidine
  • Easier to use with two medications in one drop.
  • May add another medication when needed..
  • May be more effective than using only one medication.
  • Iopidine helps to get better results from laser surgery.
Downsides and risks
dorzolamide timololIopidine
  • 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.
  • May cause changes in your heart rate, slower or pounding.
  • may cause shortness of breath.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
dorzolamide timololIopidine
  • 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.
  • Iopidine is usually given prior to, and right after laser surgery.
  • May also be used in conjunction with another eye drop for better control of eye pressure
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