Full instructions, dosage information and potential known side effects are all available in the leaflet that comes with the prescription product. If you require any advice or assistance with placing your order, please donâ€™t hesitate to contact our team.
How do I take/use this medicine?
Apply Carteolol in the affected eye(s) exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not apply more or less than instructed by your doctor. Do not stop treatment with Carteolol unless your doctor has advised you to do so.
Carteolol is available as an eye drop solution and it is applied as follows:
1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before applying the eye drop.
2. Tilt your head slightly backwards and look upwards.
3. Use your finger to gently pull the lower eyelid down.
4. Apply the required number of drops inside the lower eyelid. Do not allow the tip of the eye drop bottle to touch your eyes, eyelids or other surfaces.
5. Close your eye for a few seconds after administration.
6. Wipe off excess product, with your eye closed.
Recap the eye drop immediately after use. If the eye drop becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in your eyes.
If you have been given another medicine to be applied in the eye, apply this medicine first, wait for 15 minutes and then apply Carteolol last.
If you are wearing soft contact lenses, remove them before applying Carteolol. Wait for at least 15 minutes before re-inserting the lenses.
Do not share your eye drop with anyone else.
What should I take note of while using/taking this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Alert your doctor if you suffer from kidney, liver or thyroid disease, low blood sugar or any metabolic conditions. Inform your doctor if you have any other eye problems or if you are about to have or have had surgery.
If you have diabetes, your sugar levels will be closely monitored while being treated with Carteolol.
Inform your doctor if you suffer from any form of allergy.
Alert your doctor if you have any eye infection or if you suffer from psoriasis (a skin disorder).
You will need to have your eyes checked regularly to monitor the pressure in your eyes. It is important that you keep all appointments with your doctor.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you have a history of, or suffer from any of these conditions:
- heart disease
- lung disease
- circulatory problems such as Raynaud's disease
- chest pain (Prinzmetal's angina)
- an adrenal gland tumour known as phaeochromocytoma
- low blood pressure
- problems with your cornea
- slower heartbeat rate than normal (bradycardia)
Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take?
Why do I need this medicine?
Carteolol is used to treat certain types of glaucoma and other causes of high pressure in the eye.
Carteolol helps to lower the pressure in the eye. If left untreated, an increase in pressure within the eye can cause loss of vision and damage to the eyes.
What side effects could I experience?
Carteolol may sometimes cause blurred vision or dizziness. If you are affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert or be able to see clearly.
Common side effects with Carteolol include eye irritation, redness, swelling, itching, pain or discomfort, dry eyes and other visual disturbances. Inform your doctor if these side effects are severe or if they do not go away.
Other less common side effects include headache, difficulty in sleeping, dry mouth, change in taste, breathing difficulties, slow or irregular heartbeat, muscle weakness or low blood sugar. Alert your doctor immediately if you experience any of these side effects.
Alert your doctor if you experience any other side effects while being treated with Carteolol.
How should I store this medicine?
Store at room temperature and protect from light.
Keep away from the reach of children.
Always keep opened eye drop bottle tightly closed.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Can I take/use this with other medicines?
Alert your doctor if you are taking any medicines for heart problems or high blood pressure like atenolol, propranolol, metoprolol and verapamil.
Inform your doctor if you are using any other medicines for the eyes.
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.