Trusopt Ocumeter

1 What is Trusopt Ocumeter?

Brand: Trusopt Ocumeter, Trusopt Ocumeter Plus

Generic: Dorzolamide

Trusopt Ocumeter is a drug also called ophthalmic (eye) drops. It is used for treating increased eye pressure that is caused by either open-angle glaucoma or hypertension of the eye.

Both of these conditions are formed as a result of high pressure in the eyes and may lead to pain as a result of the pressure in the eyes which may eventually lead to impaired vision.

The medicine helps in the lowering of the eye pressure and reducing the eye pain. The drug is also used with a medical doctor’s prescription.

2 What to Know Before Using

Before using Trusopt Ocumeter, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it. This will be done in consultation with your doctor. 

Before this medicine can be used, the following factors need to be considered:

Inform your doctor of any unusual or allergic reactions to these forms of medicines or any other drugs. Also indicate any other forms of allergies to food, dyes, preservatives or animals. When using the non-prescription products, ensure that you read the label or package ingredients carefully.

Currently, studies performed have not demonstrated the pediatric-specific problems and hence there are no limitations to the usefulness for use of Dorzolamide eye drops in children. Similarly, geriatric studies have not demonstrated problems that limit the use of dorzolamide eye drops on the elderly.

In the condition of pregnancy, animal studies have demonstrated adverse effects. However, there are no studies that have been done on pregnant women to establish the risk of the drug.

As for breastfeeding women, no studies in women have been done for determining the infant risks when using the medicine. The doctor needs to weigh the potential benefit against the risk before using this medication while breastfeeding.

Drug interactions are possible when given together with other medicines. However, in other cases, the medicines need to be administered together with other drugs even when interactions may occur.

In such a case, the doctor would want to change the dose or taking care of other precautions will be important to prevent adverse side effects from the drug interactions. Therefore, it is important that your healthcare professional knows if you are taking any other form of medicine.

Interactions with these drugs are basically listed on the basis of their significance and may not be all inclusive. It is advisable not to use these medicines together but may be required in some cases. When used together, the doctor may be required to change the dose, or how frequently you will use the medicine.

Memantine is one such drug not recommended for use together with dorzolamide. Other interactions may be possible when using this drug around or at the time of eating of certain foods. It is prohibited to use alcohol or tobacco with certain types of medicines since this may lead to an interaction to occur. One is required to discuss these interactions with your healthcare professional.

The presence of other medical conditions may affect the use of dorzolamide eye drops. It is recommended that you inform your doctor of any medical problems. Such medical problems include the presence of acute angle closure glaucoma. 

There are no studies that show the use of dorzolamide in acute angle closure glaucoma. Hence, users of other medicines other than dorzolamide are required for treatment of these conditions.

Allergies to sulfa drugs are reported in many patients. Hence, this drug is to be used with caution. It may also be responsible for increasing other serious side effects. It may lead to bacterial eye infections (Keratitis) or problems in the cornea of the eye. History of eye surgery also needs to be established before using this medicine.

These drugs may make kidney or liver disease worse and should be used with caution. This effect may be increased as a result of the slow elimination of the medicine from the body due to kidney problems.

3 Proper Usage

To use Trusopt Ocumeter properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor. When visiting your medical doctor, you will be told of how much of the medicine to use and how often it will be applied in the eyes.

Follow the instructions and you should never use more than your doctor tells you to do. The medicine also comes with patient instructions. Read and follow the laid down instructions on how the medicines need to be used.

In cases of any queries, your doctor is the best person that can be asked. Always remove your contact lenses before you can use dorzolamide eye drops and wait for about 15 minutes before putting them back.

Wash your hands with soap and running water before using the eye drops. Also, ensure that the safety seal is not broken. Tear off the safety seal and open the bottle by unscrewing the cap by following the direction of the arrow labeled on the top of the cap.

Never pull the cap away directly from the bottle. Tilt your head back and using your fingers beneath the lower eyelid, you will also need to pull the eyelid away from the eye so as to make some space. Then, drop the medicine into space.

Invert the bottle and press lightly the finger push area and let go of into the eyelid and gently close the eyelid and gently close the eye. Do not blink the eye and keep the eye closed for about 1 or 2 minutes so as to allow the medicine to spread to the rest of the parts of the eye.

In case it happens that the medicine was not enough, repeat the process with another drop. Then replace the cap till it is tight enough and firmly touching the bottle. Clean your hands after using the eye drops so as to remove any medicine.

Do not touch the applicators tip on any of the surfaces including the eye and always ensure that the container is always tightly closed. This will prevent the drug from getting infected with germs.

In case, the medical doctor requested that two doses be administered at the same time, allow about 5 minutes before administering the other does. This will prevent washing out of the first medicine. The dose of the medicine will also be different for the patients. Always follow the instructions of the doctor and that of the label.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. This also relies on the number of doses that you take every day and the length of time the medicine is supposed to be taken. It is recommended that a single drop of the medicine needs to be used three times a day for both the children and adults.

Always stick to the recommended dose as administered by your doctor. When you have missed a dose, always take It at the soonest time possible. However, if very close to the next dose, get to the normal schedule of dosing. Never double the dose.

Store the medicines in a closed container at room temperature and pressure. It must be away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep it from freezing and out of the reach of children. Remove and dispose of all the medicines that are expired and outdated. Consult your medical doctor on the best ways of disposing of the medicine that must never be used.

4 Precautions to Take

Before using Trusopt Ocumeter, there are some precautions you must take. Ensure that progress is checked regularly by your doctor. Allow test to be done whenever possible to determine whether the medicines are working or not. This will also allow the doctor determine whether there are any side effects.

Report any condition of irritation, redness, swelling and any other signs of eye or irritation of the eyelids. Always report them as soon as possible to your medical doctor. This will be an indication of allergic reactions of dorzolamide eye drops.

These side effects may lead to the development of the blurred vision for a short duration of time. Ensure that you understand how you react to this medicine before using a machine, drive or do anything that may endanger your life.

Blurred vision is a sign of side effect that requires proper handling. In case the condition continuous, check with your medical doctor. Dorzolamide may cause the eye to become more sensitive to light and will require that one starts to use sunglasses and avoid exposure to bright light. Always check with your doctor.

In the case of an eye infection, or require an eye surgery. Always inform your doctor. Always get a new bottle to reduce the chance of getting an infection. Serious allergic reactions may also occur when using this medicine.

In case of other symptoms such as:

  • Black, tarry stool
  • Blistering
  • Peeling or loose skin
  • Chills
  • Dark urine
  • Muscle or joint urine
  • Red rash
  • Red skin
  • Lesions
  • Sores
  • Ulcers
  • Bleeding
  • Bruising and tiredness or weakness

Never use other medicines unless they are permitted by your doctor. This includes prescription or non-prescription (Over the counter drugs), herbal or vitamins and other supplements.

5 Potential Side Effects

Make sure you meet with your doctor in using Trusopt Ocumeter to avoid unwanted potential side effects.

Always check with your medical doctor immediately when the side effects occur:

The most common side effects include the:

  • Burning sensation
  • Stinging
  • Discomfort when using the medicine
  • Itching, redness, and swelling or other indication of eye or eyelid irritations should be signs for alarm

Less common signs include:

  • Burning
  • Dry or itching eyes
  • Discharge from the eyes
  • Excessive tears
  • Redness, pain, and swelling of the eyes, eyelid and inner lining of the eyelids
  • Blood in the urine
  • Blurred vision
  • Vomiting pain in the side back
  • Abdomen skin
  • Rash and tearing

It is not known that the dornozalidine causes:

  • Blistering
  • Burning
  • Crusting
  • Dryness or flaking of the skin and change in the vision chills
  • Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficult or labored breathing
  • Flashes of light floaters in vision
  • Itching skins joint and muscles pain
  • Hive like swelling on the face, eyelids, lipids and tongue

Always seek emergency help in case of any of the above symptoms. There may be symptoms of overdose such as:

Some of the side effects may even disappear with treatment. Your medical doctor may also advise you on the way of managing the medical side effects.

In case the side effects continue, check with your healthcare professional:

Less common changes in:

  • Vision
  • Challenges in seeing
  • Dryness in the eyes and eyelid reactions
  • Headache
  • Increased sensitivity of the eyes
  • Bloody nose
  • Burning
  • Crawling
  • Itching
  • Numbness
  • Prickling or tingling
  • Feelings and change of distance vision

In the case of some of the side effects that are not listed above. Check with your health professional. You need to inform your medical doctor about the side effects and report the side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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