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Dorzolamide (Into the eye)

Dorzolamide (dor-ZOLE-a-mide)

Treats increased pressure in the eye due to glaucoma or hypertension of the eye.

Brand Name(s):

Trusopt Ocumeter, Trusopt Ocumeter Plus

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to dorzolamide.

How to Use This Medicine:

Liquid, Drop

  • Take your medicine as directed.
  • Do not use any other eye medicine within 5 minutes before or after you use this medicine.
  • Remove your contact lenses before you use this medicine. Wait at least 15 minutes after you use this medicine before you put the contact lenses back in.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after using this medicine.
  • Lie down or tilt your head back. With your index finger, pull down the lower lid of your eye to form a pocket.
  • Invert the bottle, and press lightly the "finger push area" using your thumb or index finger. 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. Recap the bottle immediately after use.
  • Read and follow the patient instructions that come with this medicine. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
  • Missed dose: Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, liver disease, an eye infection, or other eye problems (including a history of eye surgery). Tell your doctor if you are allergic to sulfa drugs.
  • This medicine may cause serious allergic eye or skin reactions.
  • Your doctor will check your progress and the effects of this medicine at regular visits. Keep all appointments.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Blistering, peeling, or red skin rash
  • Red, itchy, or swollen eyelids or eyes

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Bitter or unusual taste in your mouth
  • Blurred vision
  • Burning or stinging in your eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Eye sensitivity to sunlight
  • Mild eye discomfort or feeling that something is in your eye

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 Updated: 9/4/2014


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