Azarga eye drops – Use | Precautions | Side Effects
Azarga (eye drops) is a drug that contains two active substances: brinzolamide and timolol. It is used to treat glaucoma. Glaucoma is an eye disease and is characterized by increased intraocular pressure. Glaucoma is a disease that gradually leads to loss of vision and must be treated.
Azarga (eye drops) is used in the treatment of open-angle glaucoma.
Azarga eye drops should be avoided or may be used only with extra precautions in the following conditions:
- If you are allergic to Azarga eye drops or other similar drugs. Symptoms of an allergy include:
- skin rash,
- skin redness,
- swelling of the face,
- swelling of the neck,
- swelling of the throat,
- swelling of the tongue,
- difficulty breathing. An allergic reaction can cause anaphylactic shock, that can be fatal.
- Pregnant or breastfeeding.
- If you are under 18 years of age
- Breathing problems (asthma, bronchitis, emphysema)
- If you have a slow heart rate (bradycardia) or AV block II or III degree
- Heart problems (heart failure, cardiogenic shock)
- If you have renal disorders
- Allergic rhinitis (hay fever)
After using this drops, you may have blurred vision for a while. Avoid driving and using machines while using Azarga eye drops.
Use of Azarga during pregnancy and breastfeeding
Azarga eye drops are not recommended for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Azarga should be used during pregnancy only if the benefit to the mother outweighs the risk to the unborn baby.
There are no information whether the Azarga eye drops pass into breast milk. Avoid breastfeeding while using Azarga eye drops.
How to use
Azarga eye drops are applied as follows:
- Wash your hands. Tilt your head back and look up at the ceiling.
- Place your index finger on the face in the lower eyelid and gently pull down until you create a small pocket.
- Turn the bottle down and gently press to leave one drop in the eye to be treated.
- Hold the eye closed and press eyelid with your finger in the corner of your nose and hold for 1 minute.
If the drop misses the eye, you will have to repeat the process.
To prevent infection, try not to touch the eye with a dropper.
Shake the bottle before use.
After use, close the bottle.
If you wear contact lenses, you will need to remove them before applying eye drops. You can put them back in about 15 minutes after using Azarga eye drops.
The dose is one drop into the affected eye (eyes), 2 times a day.
If you use other eye drops, at least 5 minutes after applying Azarga eye drops need to pass until you apply other drops.
Use with other drugs (Interactions)
Azarga eye drops should be avoided or may be used, only with extra precautions with the following medications:
- Medications used in the treatment of high blood pressure, angina, heart failure and arrhythmias such as:
- Medications used in the treatment of depression, anxiety and social phobia such as:
- Other medications used in the treatment of glaucoma, such as:
- Medications used in the treatment of fungal infections, such as:
- clotrimazole and others. Concomitant use of these drugs with Azarga eye drops, increases the risk of side effects.
Tell your doctor about all medications and herbal preparations you are using.
Azarga eye drops may cause the following side effects:
- eye pain,
- eye irritation,
- blurred vision,
- burning sensation in the eye,
- itching of the eye,
- dry eye,
- eye inflammation,
- eye redness,
- feeling that you have something in your eye,
- flu-like symptoms (sore throat, cough, runny nose),
- slowed heartbeat,
- allergic reactions and others.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction include:
- skin rash,
- itchy skin,
- swelling of the face,
- tongue swelling,
- throat swelling and trouble breathing. An allergic reaction can cause anaphylactic shock, that can be fatal.