Timolol eye drops (Combigan Eye Drops) is used to treat high blood pressure, stabilize irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias), prevent angina (heart pain) and improve survival chances post heart attack. It is also used to treat glaucoma, a condition wherein there is an increased pressure in the eye and this may lead to blindness. It is also used to treat headaches due to migraine. Brimonidine
eye Drops is used for the treatment of open angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension (increased pressure inside the eye).
How does Timolol work?
Combigan Eye Drops belongs to a beta-blockers class of medication. It relaxes the blood vessels and reduced the blood pressure. It makes heart relax and pump blood at a slower rate for heart attack patients. In eye, it decreases fluid production and thus decreases pressure. Brimonidine Timolol
belongs to the group of medicines called sympathomimetics. It reduces the amount of fluid in the eye and thus reduces the eye pressure.
Common side effects
Decrease in blood pressure, Dry eyes or discharge from eyes, Feelings of depression, Sensitivity to light, Blurring of vision, Impotence, Worsening of heart failure, Shortness of breath, Nausea, Irritation and pain in the eye, Heart blocks, Skin rash, Vomiting, Common: for tablet-weakness, Low blood pressure, Abnormal tingling, Breathlessness such as in asthma, Constipation, Numbness or pain over any area of the skin, Diarrhea, Dizziness, Abnormal sensation in eye or crusting in eyelids, Cramp like pain on walking, Swollen hands or feet.for eye drops-blurred vision, Inflammation in the eye, Sleeping difficulties or cough., Headache, Decrease in ability to urinate.for eye drops-erosion of the cornea, Itchiness, Change in taste.uncommon: for tablet- slow heartbeat
- It should not be taken by patients who are allergic to Combigan Eye Drops or other beta-blockers or any of the other ingredients of the tablet.
- Do not start or continue Brimonidine Timolol Eye Drops, if you are taking any other medication for high blood pressure or heart condition or other beta blockers.
- Avoid taking Combigan Eye Drops, if you have asthma or other respiratory disease that causes breathing problems (eg. chronic bronchitis, emphysema, etc.).
- Do not start or continue timolol eye drops, if your have diabetes, thyroid disorder, liver or kidney dysfunction or ulcers, pheochromocytoma (tumor of the adrenal glands that leads to persistent or episodic high blood pressure).
- Avoid taking Combigan Eye Drops, if you are breastfeeding or pregnant.
- Do not drive or operate machines, as timolol may cause dizziness or tiredness.
Frequently asked questions
Q. Is timolol a beta blocker/selective beta blocker/generic/antibiotic?
Combigan Eye Drops is a beta blocker. It is not a selective beta blocker/generic/antibiotic.
Q. Is timolol preservative free?
The timolol eye drop is preservative free
Q. Is timolol the same as timoptic or cosopt?
Timoptic and copsopt are brand names of the eye drops containing timolol.
Q. Does timolol contain sulfa? Does it need to be refrigerated?
Timolol should not be used by patients allergic to sulfa drugs. The timolol containing eye drops should not be refrigerated.
Q. Does Combigan Eye Drops lower blood pressure? Does it stop growth of hemangiomas?
Timolol is used to lower blood pressure. It may be used to stop growth of hemangiomas (only after prescription from the doctor).
Q. Does timolol eye drops cause weight gain/hair loss/ miosis/make eyelashes grow/ cause dry eyes/slow heart rate?
Timolol does not make eyelashes grow. It is a blood pressure lowering medication. It is not known to cause weight gain/hair loss/miosis. Timolol eye drops may cause dry eyes/slow heart rate as a side effect. If any side effects of the drug are observed then one should inform the doctor immediately.
Q. Is brimonidine the same as Alphagan?
Yes, Alphagan is a trade name of drug brimonidine.
Q. Is brimonidine or brimonidine tartrate a beta blocker?
Combigan Eye Drops or brimonidine tartrate is a sympatomimetic drug and not a beta blocker.
Q. Does brimonidine eye drops cause fatigue?
Yes, feeling fatigue is a very common side effect of brimonidine. Always consult your doctor if you experience such type of side effect.
Q. Why does brimonidine eye drops cause miosis?
Combigan Eye Drops causing this side effect is very rare. Always consult your doctor if you experience such type of side effect.
Q. How does brimonidine eye drops lower intraocular pressure (iop)?
It reduces the intraocular pressure by reducing the amount of fluid in the eye.