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Betaxolol is used to reduce the blood pressure and treat conditions such as glaucoma (increased pressure inside the eye that causes visual problems) and ocular hypertension (high blood pressure in eyes without visual problem).

How it works

Betaxolol is a blood pressure reducing medication belonging to class of drugs called as beta-blockers. It works by blocking the action of hormone called epinephrine or adrenaline resulting in reduced blood pressure in blood vessels and eyes.

Common side effects

Burning sensation, Tingling sensation, Skin redness, Headache, Itching


Expert advice

• Consult your doctor if you have history of blood circulation problems, or blood vessel problems, adrenal gland tumor (pheochromocytoma), psoriasis, glaucoma or increased pressure in the eye, diabetes, low blood sugar, or overactive thyroid, kidney or liver problems.
• Tell your doctor if you are on dialysis or are scheduled to have surgery.
• Do not suddenly stop taking betaxolol if you have or may have an overactive thyroid as it may mask certain signs of overactive thyroid (e.g., fast heartbeat).
• Exercise caution if you are an elderly patient as you may be more sensitive to its side effect especially slow heartbeat. 
• Do not drive or operate machinery after taking betaxolol as it may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or light-headedness. 
• Should not be given to patients who are allergic to betaxolol or beta-blockers or any of its ingredients.
• Should not be given to patients with age less than 18 years.
• Should not be given to patients with heart problems such as heart block, shock, uncontrolled heart failure, or very slow heartbeat.
• Should not be given to patients with past or current respiratory problems such as severe asthma, severe lung condition which may cause wheeziness, difficulty in breathing and/or long-standing cough. 

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)