WHAT IS DORZOLAMIDE?
Dorzolamide Opthalmic as the name suggests is an eye care medication. It reduces the amount of fluid in the eye which lowers pressure inside the eye. High intraocular pressure or IOP (fluid pressure inside the eye) is a major risk factor for glaucoma. Dorzolamide is mainly prescribed for the treatment of some types of glaucoma and other causes of high IOP.
Dorzolamide is sold under various trade names, some of which are Trusopt and Dorzox (produced by Cipla).
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT DORZOLAMIDE:
Do not use Dorzolamide if you have a known allergy to Dorzolamide. Also, before using this medication, inform your doctor if you are allergic to any other drugs, if you have liver or kidney disease or if you have narrow angle glaucoma.
Do not put any other eye drops into your eyes unless or otherwise advised by your doctor. Allow at least 10 minutes between two different types of eye drops if you must use two eye drops. Dorzolamide can cause blurred vision temporarily. Be extra careful while driving or doing anything which requires a high level of vision clarity.
Dorzolamide is a FDA pregnancy category C drug. It is not known whether it can harm an unborn baby if used while being pregnant. It is also not known whether it can pass into breast milk and harm a nursing baby. Notify your doctor in advance if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breast feeding a baby.
BEFORE USING DORZOLAMIDE:
Before taking Dorzolamide (Trusopt and Dorzox), take care of all precautions mentioned above and discuss them with your doctor.
HOW SHOULD I USE DORZOLAMIDE?
Use Dorzolamide (Trusopt and Dorzox) strictly according to your doctor?s direction or according to the instructions on the medication label. Do not alter the dosage unless your doctor advises you to do so. All medications come with a patient leaflet. Read the instructions in them carefully for complete details.
Do not put Dorzolamide eye drops while you are wearing contact lenses. This medication may have a preservative ingredient which can be absorbed into the soft contact lenses. Ensure a gap of at least 15 minutes after putting the eye drops before you wear your contact lenses.
Ensure a high degree of hygiene while handling Opthalmic drops as chances of contamination are high. Avoid touching the tip of the medication bottle or dropper as well as protect it from contact with any surface. Put the Dorzolamide drops as advised by your doctor or as mentioned in the instructions. Putting an eye drop is quite simple and doesn?t require much assistance. Always store Dorzolamide opthalmic drops in a cool and dark place. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
WHAT IF I FORGOT TO TAKE A DOSE OF DORZOLAMIDE?
Do not miss a single dose of Dorzolamide. However, if you miss a dose, take it as soon as your remember it. Do not take the missed dose if the time to take the next dose is almost up. Instead continue with the original schedule. Never take multiple doses closer to each other.
WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF AN OVERDOSE?
An overdose of Dorzolamide is not expected to cause any serious effects. However, if you think that you have overdosed on this medication, seek medical attention right away or call the Doctor immetiately.
THINGS AND ACTIVITIES TO AVOID WHILE USING DORZOLAMIDE:
Dorzolamide may cause blurred vision for sometime after putting it in your eyes. Do not indulge in any activities that require alertness and proper vision such as driving. Do not use other eye drops while using Dorzolamide ophthalmic solution unless or otherwise advised by your doctor. But leave a gap of at least 10 minutes between two types of eye drops.
SIDE EFFECTS OF DORZOX EYE DROP – 2% (5 ML):
• Blurred Vision
• Double Vision
• Dropping Eyelid
• Burning Or Stinging In Eye
• Bitter Or Unusual Taste In Your Mouth
• Dry Eyes
• Feeling Like Something Is In Your Eyes, Nausea, Or Headache
• Swelling Or Redness In The Eye
• Eye Discomfort
• Sensitivity To Light
• Oozing; Or Crusting Of Your Eyes Or Eye Lids, Or Signs Of Infection (Fever, Chills, Sore Throat)
DORZOLAMIDE DOSING INFORMATION:
Remember to follow the dose set by your doctor.
INTERACTION WITH OTHER DRUGS:
Before using Dorzolamide, tell your doctor about all other medication which you may be using, especially acetazolamide, methazolamide, or another pressure reducing Opthalmic medication (brinzolamide). These medications can interact with Dorzolamide. These may not be the only drugs that can interact with Dorzolamide. There may be others. Never start a new medication without a doctor?s advice.