Carteolol (Into the eye)
Treats open-angle glaucoma and increased pressure inside the eye. This medicine is a beta-blocker.
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to carteolol or other beta-blockers. Do not use carteolol if you have severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart problems, or a history of asthma.
How to Use This Medicine
- Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to. This medicine is not for long-term use.
- Wash your hands before and after using the medicine.
- Shake the eye drops well just before each use.
- Lie down or tilt your head back. With your index finger, pull down the lower lid of your eye to form a pocket.
- To use the eye drops: Hold the dropper close to your eye with the other hand. Drop the correct number of drops into the pocket made between your lower lid and eyeball. Gently close your eyes. Place your index finger over the inner corner of your eye for 1 minute. Do not rinse or wipe the dropper or allow it to touch anything, including your eye. Put the cap on the bottle right away.
- Never share your medicine with anyone.
If a dose is missed:
- If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose.
- Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine
- Keep the bottle upright when you are not using it.
- Store the medicine at room temperature, away from heat and direct light.
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are also taking reserpine (Diupres®, Hydropres®, Reserpine®) or other beta-blockers by mouth.
- Also tell your doctor if you use insulin or other medicines for diabetes.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before taking this medicine.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you have overactive thyroid, a history of heart problems, or a history of breathing problems such as chronic bronchitis or emphysema.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you have diabetes or low blood sugar.
- If you have any type of surgery, be sure the surgeon knows you are using this medicine.
- If you have severe allergies, this medicine may make them worse. Be extra careful to avoid anything you are allergic to. Do not have allergy tests or shots.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Chest pain
- Fainting or lightheadedness
- Fast or pounding heartbeat
- Swelling in the legs, ankles, or feet
- Trouble breathing
- Unusual muscle weakness
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Blurry or cloudy vision
- Burning, watering, or redness in your eyes, especially if it does not go away
- Trouble sleeping
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
- Last Reviewed on 06/12/2013
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This page was last updated: September 18, 2013