While using istalol or timolol ophthalmic do not have any other medicines for any eye ailment unless your physician prescribes. However, in case you are using another medicine for the eyes use it 10 minutes before or after using istalol or timolol ophthalmic. Therefore, never use both the medicines at the same time.
Istalol or timolol ophthalmic might cause blurred vision and you need to be careful while driving or doing anything that needs you to stay focused and see clearly.
How Effective is Istalol?
Istalol or timolol ophthalmic is an effective beta blocker for the eye helping to reduce pressure in eyes. Istalol is for the effective treatment of open-angle glaucoma & other conditions that causes pressures in eyes.
It is important to ensure the istalol or timolol ophthalmic dropper should not touch any surface that includes hands or eyes as well. A contaminated dropper could cause lot of irritation or infection in the eyes resulting in serious damage or vision loss.
Points to know Before Using Istalol
If you are allergic to istalol or timolol ophthalmic do not use this medicine and also do not use it if you have these conditions:
- Uncontrolled or severe congestive heart failure
- Certain serious heart conditions
- Severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or asthma.
Also, if experiencing any of these following conditions, you might need small changes in dosage levels to ensure istalol or timolol ophthalmic is safe for you
- Liver disease
- Emphysema or bronchitis
- Thyroid disorder
- Kidney disease
- Blood clot, history of stroke or circulation problems
- Myasthenia gravis (muscle disorder problems).
FDA pregnancy Test C: Istalol or timolol ophthalmic might be dangerous to unborn child. Therefore, tell your doctor if you are planning to become pregnant or are pregnant at the moment. There are possibilities of this medicine passing through breast milk to the feeding baby. Therefore, tell your doctor if you are breast feeding your baby prior to taking this medicine. This medicine is not for children below 2 years.
How to Use Istalol?
Istalol or timolol ophthalmic has to be used as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller dosage than prescribed by your doctor. Therefore, follow the instructions and guidelines mentioned in the package and label.
Before using istalol or timolol ophthalmic eye drops, wash your hands clean. If you are wearing contact lenses, do not use this eye drops as the medicine has a preservative which will be absorbed by it. Therefore, wait for more than 15 minutes to wear your contact lenses after using istalol or timolol ophthalmic.
Here are Steps to Apply Istalol Drops
- Before taking istalol or timolol ophthalmic, tilt head backward and pull down the lower part of the eyelid. Now, hold the dropper just above the eye and slowly tip down. When you squeeze the dropper look up and away from the dropper and then immediately close eyes
- It is important you slightly press the insider corner of the eye for over a minute to make sure the medicine lasts inside eyes without draining out. In case you have to use more than one drop then wait for 5 minutes before you put the second drop in your eye.
- It is important to ensure the istalol or timolol ophthalmic dropper should not touch any surface that includes hands or eyes as well. A contaminated dropper could cause lot of irritation or infection in the eyes resulting in serious damage or vision loss.
If you see any particles or colour change in the liquid do not use istalol or timolol ophthalmic and ask your doctor for a new prescription.
In case you have to have an eye surgery or any major treatment in the eye, it is important you must inform your doctor about your current istalol or timolol ophthalmic usage ahead of time. Doctor might advice you to stop using Istalol for some time to get your eyes ready for the surgery.
What are the Side Effects of Istalol?
If you experience any of these allergic reactions or severe side effects of istalol or timolol ophthalmic you must get immediate medical assistance, allergic reactions are, swelling of lips, throat, face, tongue, difficulty in breathing, hives. In case you have any of these allergic reactions or conditions, stop using the medicine and call your doctor:
- Oozing or crusting of eyelids or eyes, drainage
- Rapid weight gain, swelling
- Short of breath with less dosage of medicine
- Discomfort, eye redness and sensitivity to light
- Redness or swelling to your eyelids
- Hallucinations, depressed mood, unusual behavior or thoughts
- Uneven or slow heart rate, chest pain
- Gasping, wheezing or any other breathing problems.
Few of the less serious side effects of istalol or timolol ophthalmic are:
- Dry mouth
- Weakness, headache, drowsiness
- Worsening psoriasis, skin rash
- Stinging or burning in your eye
- Ringing in your ears
- Double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelid
- Loss of appetite, nausea, upset stomach, diarrhea
- Cold feeling in feet or hands, tingling, numbness are all the side effects of istalol or timolol ophthalmic
- Stuffy nose, cough
- Sleep problems, insomnia.