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Timolol is used in the treatment of glaucoma

How it works

Timolol works by lowering the pressure in the eye(s), thereby preventing gradual loss of vision.

Common side effects

Stinging in the eyes, Blurred vision, Burning eyes

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Expert advice

  • It should not be taken by patients who are allergic to timolol or other beta-blockers or any of the other ingredients of the tablet.
  • Do not start or continue timolol, if you are taking any other medication for high blood pressure or heart condition or other beta blockers.
  • Avoid taking timolol, if you have asthma or other respiratory disease that causes breathing problems (eg. chronic bronchitis, emphysema, etc.).
  • Do not start or continue timolol, if your have diabetes, thyroid disorder, liver or kidney dysfunction or ulcers, pheochromocytoma (tumor of the adrenal glands that leads to persistent or episodic high blood pressure).
  • Avoid taking timolol, if you are breastfeeding or pregnant.
  • Do not drive or operate machines, as timolol may cause dizziness or tiredness.

Frequently asked questions



Is timolol a beta blocker/selective beta blocker/steroid/generic/antibiotic?
Timolol is a beta blocker. It is not a selective beta blocker/steroid/generic/antibiotic


Is timolol preservative free?
The timolol eye drop is preservative fre


Is timolol the same as timoptic or cosopt?
Timoptic and copsopt are brand names of the eye drops containing timolol

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Does it need to be refrigerated?
The timolol containing eye drops should not be refrigerated


Does timolol lower blood pressure?
Timolol is used to lower blood pressure


Does it stop growth of hemangiomas?
It may be used to stop growth of hemangiomas (only after prescription from the doctor)


Does timolol cause weight gain/hair loss/ miosis/make eyelashes grow/ cause dry eyes/slow heart rate?
Timolol does not make eyelashes grow. It is a blood pressure lowering medication. It is not known to cause weight gain/hair loss/miosis. It may cause dry eyes/slow heart rate as a side effect. If any side effects of the drug are observed then one should inform the doctor immediately.

Content on this page was last updated on 11 April, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)