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Dorzolamide

INFORMATION

Uses

Dorzolamide is used in the treatment of glaucoma (high eye pressure).

How it works

Dorzolamide lowers high pressure in eye by reducing formation of aqueous humor (fluid in eye).

Common side effects

Nausea, Bitter taste, Tingling sensation in eye, Burning sensation in eye, Conjunctivitis, Eyelid irritation, Eyelid swelling, Fatigue, Headache, Blurred vision, Sore eye

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Expert advice

  • Do not drive or operate machinery as you may feel dizziness and have visual disturbances.
  • Do not use dorzolamide eye drops while you are wearing contact lenses. Do not use contact lenses for at least 10-15 minutes after using dorzolamide in the eye.
  • If more than one topical ophthalmic drug is being used, the drugs should be administered at least ten minutes apart.
  • Do not use dorzolamide for acute angle-closure glaucoma.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions

Dorzolamide

Q.Is dorzolamide a beta blocker?
No, dorzolamide is not a beta blocker. Dorzolamide belongs to a class of medications called carbonic anhydrase inhibitors

Q.Is dorzolamide a steroid or a sulpha drug?
No, dorzolamide is neither a steroid nor a sulpha drug

Q.Is dorzolamide a generic drug?
Yes, dorzolamide is a generic drug

Q.What is dorzolamide HCl, what is it used for?
Dorzolamide belongs to a class of medications called carbonic anhydrase inhibitors. Dorzolamide is used as an adjuvant therapy (to beta-blockers) or as monotherapy (in patients non responsive to beta-blockers or in whom beta-blockers are contraindicated) to treat elevated intraocular pressure (increased fluid pressure inside the eye) in patients with ocular hypertension, open-angle glaucoma, or pseudo-exfoliative glaucoma (clogging, due to flaky dandruff-like material that peels off the outer layer of the lens of the eye, raises pressure in the eye)

Q.How does dorzolamide work?
Dorzolamide belongs to a class of medications called carbonic anhydrase inhibitors. It works by inhibiting the enzyme carbonic anhydrase thereby causing a reduction in the fluid pressure in the eye.


Content on this page was last updated on 24 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)