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Drug Information

What is Dorzolamide used for?

Dorzolamide is an ophthalmic solution used to treat intraocular pressure in patients with ocular hypertension or glaucoma. This medicine lowers high pressure inside the eye by decreasing the amount of fluid within the eye. It belongs to a class of drugs known as carbonic anhydrase inhibitors. By lowering high pressure inside the eye, Dorzolamide reduces the risk of nerve damage and helps prevent blindness.

How to take Dorzolamide?

The dosage of Dorzolamide prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

To apply Dorzolamide eye drops, wash your hands first. Do not let the dropper tip touch your eye or any other surface.

If your physician has instructed or directed you to use Dorzolamide medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, use it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

Any medication used in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Dorzolamide, seek medical attention immediately.

What are the drugs that interact with Dorzolamide?

  • Acetazolamide
  • Methazolamide

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Dorzolamide.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is used with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Dorzolamide, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Dorzolamide can interact with oral carbonic anhydrase inhibitors.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side Effects of Dorzolamide?

Like other medicines, Dorzolamide can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Dorzolamide are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Dorzolamide cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Dorzolamide develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Dorzolamide can cause side effects such as:

  • Dry eyes
  • Headache
  • Temporary burning/itching/redness of the eye

This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are using Dorzolamide.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Dorzolamide?

Is it possible for me to apply Dorzolamide with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I apply Dorzolamide?
What are the possible drug interactions of Dorzolamide?
How will Dorzolamide work in my body?
How should Dorzolamide be applied?
How to reduce the risk of Dorzolamide drug interactions and side effects?


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