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Type: OTC/Prescription/schedule

Betaxolol is prescription drug. It is sold from the pharmacy store only in the presence of written instructions known as prescription from a licensed healthcare provider. 


Betaxolol is pronounced as: bay TAX oh lol 

What is betaxolol?

Betaxolol is a betablocker / Anti glaucoma drugs. 


Betaxolol is used to treat high blood pressure, angina pectoris, open angle glaucoma.

When not to take betaxolol

Do not use betaxolol in case brady cardia (slow heart beat) and any other heart problems.

Safety and effectiveness of betaxolol in children is not established
Old people
Supervision is required for the use of betaxolol in older people above the age of 65 years as it produce slow heart rate. (heart rate < 50 BPM)
Pregnant woman: 
Betaxolol belongs to FDA pregnancy category C. This means that betaxolol may harm an unborn baby if used during pregnancy but potential benefit may warrant use of the drug in pregnant woman despite potential risks. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning for conception. 
Lactating women: 
It is not known whether betaxolol passes into breast milk or if it could harm the baby. Do not take betaxolol with out first talking to doctor if you are breast feeding a baby. 

What are the dosage forms betaxolol is available in the market

Betaxolol is available in the form of tables and ophthalmic drops. 

Doses for betaxolol

To treat high blood pressure and angina pectoris 10 – 20 mg once daily. If anti hypertensive and anti anginal affects is not shown doctor may increase the dose up to 40 mg daily. 

To treat open angle glaucoma 0.25 – 5% solution on drop in the morning and night is used.
If it is almost the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at same time to cover up the missed dose. 
In case of overdose contact your nearest poison control centre or emergency medical centre for immediate care by physician.
Symptoms of betaxolol over dosage are 
  • Ir regular heart beat
  • Difficult breathing
  • Tiredness and fainting 
Side effects for betaxolol are  
  • Ir regular heart beat
  • Fatigue
  • Short of breath
  • Weight gain
  • Swelling of feet and ankles
  • Impotency 

Stop the medication and consult your doctor If any of the above side effects become worse or any allergic reactions like difficult breathing, rash, swollen face, lips, tongue are noticed. 

Store betaxolol at room temp (25 degrees C / 77 degrees F). Avoid excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight, never store in the bathroom.
Keep it out of reach of children. Make sure that any left over portion is disposed off safely. 

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Written by: Healthplus24 team
Date last updated: May 15, 2012

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