Azopt (generic name: brinzolamide) is an eye medication used as a treatment for elevated intraocular pressure or IOP among people with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension. By decreasing the high pressure inside the eye, permanent complications, such as blindness, can be prevented.
This is available in Azopt 10 mg/mL brinzolamide solution.
Mechanism of Action
This sterile topical ophthalmic drop is responsible for inhibiting carbonic anhydrase II. CAII is an enzyme that can be found in different tissues in the body, like the eyes. Aqueous humor secretion is lessened by inhibiting this enzyme in the ciliary processes, and elevated pressure inside the eyes is reduced.
How to Use Azopt Eyedrops
Before you use this eye drop, you must read the patient information leaflet that comes with this product. Do not use this eyedrop unless you have fully understood all the information and how to use this eyedrop.
Use Azopt exactly as prescribed. This is usually used three times daily or as directed by your doctor. Do not increase/decrease your Azopt dosage. If you are prescribed other eye drugs, make sure that there are at least 5 minutes of intervals and note that eye drops should be applied before eye ointments. If you have a contact lens on, remove it before administering this eyedrop and put it back on after fifteen minutes.
Step-by-Step Medication Guide:
- Wash your hands properly before applying any eye product to avoid infection or contamination.
- In a comfortable position, tilt your head back slightly and gently pull the lower eyelid to make a pouch.
- Place the tip of the bottle above the eye.
- Close the eye slowly and wait for 1 to 2 minutes.
- With a clean tissue, wipe the excess eye drop from the eye.
- Recap the product and store it properly.
- Once you are finished, wash your hands again.
Azopt Side Effects
Mild/Common Side Effects:
-Temporary blurred vision
-Temporary eye discomfort
-Feeling as if there’s something in the eye
-Bitter, sour, or any unusual taste in the mouth
Severe Side Effects
-Eye or eyelid swelling
-Signs of infection
Note: This is not a complete or full list of adverse reactions. If you experience any side effects, you should contact your doctor or other healthcare professional as soon as possible.
Precautions and Warnings when Using Azopt
Do not use this eye solution if you have are allergic to brinzolamide or any inactive ingredients this eyedrop contains. Signs of serious allergic reactions are skin rashes, swelling of the face and neck, hives, swollen lymph nodes, severe dizziness, and breathing difficulty. This must be considered a medical emergency. Immediately call for emergency help if this happens.
This eyedrop may be contraindicated for people with a history of other eye conditions, liver disease, and kidney disease. Due to possible drug interactions, you also have to discuss all the prescription medications, nonprescription medications, herbal products, and supplements you are using.
This eye product may cause temporary blurring of vision. Do not do activities that require clear vision right after administering the eye drop. Once it is deemed safe, practice caution when doing tasks, especially driving.
Consult your doctor if you are pregnant or nursing to learn how this product may affect an unborn child or an infant who has been breastfed.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. What is Azopt used for?
This medication is used to treat glaucoma and ocular hypertension. Do not use this eye drug for conditions that it is not indicated for.
2.How effective is Azopt?
This drug can reduce intraocular pressure by 15%. It is effective on its own or as an adjunct to other eye medications.
3.Is there a generic for Azopt?
Its generic, Azopt 1% ophthalmic solution is available from two other manufacturers. If you want to change your prescription, you must talk to your doctor.
4.Should Azopt be refrigerated?
This eye medication should be kept in closed storage and at room temperature. You may also put it inside the refrigerator but do not freeze the solution.
5.How long does Azopt take to work?
It may take around 1-4 weeks before you notice improvements in your symptoms. This eye solution does not work right away.
6.Is Azopt over the counter?
You need to have a prescription to purchase this ophthalmic medication. This drug cannot be bought over the counter, even in online pharmacies.
7.What is the cost of Azopt?
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