General Information
 
Uses
 
What should I know before taking this drug
 
Precautions
 
Dosage information
  
Adverse reactions
 
Storage
 
Additional information if any
 
 
Brand names and manufacturer
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Betimol
Blocadren
Cosopt
Combigan
Istalol
Timoptic
Timolide
 Brimolol (Sun (milmet))
 
 
 
Timolol 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
 
 
Timolol is pronounced as TIM-oh-lol 
 
 
What is timolol?
Timolol is a betablocker / Anti glaucoma drugs. 
 
 
Common uses of timolol
Timolol ophthalmic drops are used in the treatment of open angle glaucoma and other eye diseases like ocular hypertension
 
Timolol tablets are used in the treatment of hypertension, migraine, angina pectoris
 
 
 
 
 
Timolol is contraindicated in the following condition
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Slow heart beat
  • Second and third degree heart block
  • Heart failure
  • Low blood pressure
 
 
Children: safety and efficacy of timolol in children is not established
Old people:
Pregnant woman:
timolol belongs to FDA pregnancy category C. This means that timolol 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 timolol passes into breast milk or if it could harm the baby. Do not take timolol with out first talking to doctor if you are breast feeding a baby.
 
Other:
 

What are the dosage forms timolol is available in the market

Timolol is available in the from of tablets and ophthalmic drops
 

Doses for timolol

For hypertension: 10mg tablets per day.
For migraine: 10 – 20 mg tablets per day.
Angina pectoris: 5 mg tablets twice daily
Open angle glaucoma: 0.25 % solution one drop twice daily.

 
 
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 of timolol contact your nearest poison control centre or emergency medical centre for immediate care by physician. 
 
 

 Side effects for timolol are

  • Headache
  • Skin rash
  • Hair loss
  • Slow heart beat
  • Blurred vision
  • Eye irritation
 
If you notice any of the above side effects become worse stop the medication and consult your doctor immediately 
 
 
Timolol ophthalmic drops store according to the directions given on the bottle. Do not store in the bathroom. Store it away from light and moisture.
 
Timolol drops are colorless, if you notice any change in color do not use, discard it.
 
Store timolol tablets 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.  
 

What is the most important information I should know about timolol

written by: Healthplus24 team
Date last updated: May 25, 2012