Frequently Asked Questions
What is Betimol?
Betimol (timolol ophthalmic solution), 0.25% and 0.5%, is a non-selective beta-adrenergic antagonist for ophthalmic use and it is indicated in the treatment of elevated intraocular pressure in patients with ocular hypertension or open-angle glaucoma.
What is Betimol indicated for?
Betimol is indicated in the treatment of elevated intraocular pressure in patients with ocular hypertension or open-angle glaucoma.
What are Betimol contraindications?
Betimol is contraindicated in patients with overt heart failure, cardiogenic shock, sinus bradycardia, second- or third-degree atrioventricular block, bronchial asthma or history of bronchial asthma, or severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or hypersensitivity to any component of this product.
How is Betimol administered?
The usual starting dose is one drop of 0.25 percent Betimol in the affected eye(s) twice a day. If the clinical response is not adequate, the dosage may be changed to one drop of 0.5 percent solution in the affected eye(s) twice a day.
If the intraocular pressure is maintained at satisfactory levels, the dosage schedule may be changed to one drop once a day in the affected eye(s). Because of diurnal variations in intraocular pressure, satisfactory response to the once-a-day dose is best determined by measuring the intraocular pressure at different times during the day.
Since in some patients the pressure-lowering response to Betimol may require a few weeks to stabilize, evaluation should include a determination of intraocular pressure after approximately 4 weeks of treatment with Betimol.
How is Betimol supplied?
Betimol (timolol ophthalmic solution) is a clear, colorless solution.
Betimol 0.25% is supplied in a white, opaque, plastic, ophthalmic dispenser bottle with a controlled drop tip as follows:
|NDC 76478-001-05||5.0 mL||fill in 5 cc container|
|NDC 76478-001-10||10 mL||fill in 11 cc container|
|NDC 76478-001-15||15 mL||fill in 15 cc container|
Betimol® 0.5% is supplied in a white, opaque, plastic, ophthalmic dispenser bottle with a controlled drop tip as follows:
|NDC 76478-002-05||5.0 mL||fill in 5 cc container|
|NDC 76478-002-10||10 mL||fill in 11 cc container|
|NDC 76478-002-15||15 mL||fill in 15 cc container|
How should Betimol be stored?
Store between 15 to 25°C (59 to 77°F). Do not freeze. Protect from light.
If I have high eye pressure (glaucoma), will I lose my vision?
A person who has regular eye examinations is unlikely to lose vision due to high eye pressure. That’s because regular eye examinations will show if a person has high eye pressure so they can receive treatment. Early treatment can keep vision loss from occurring or, if some vision loss has already happened, it can slow down the progression. While there is no cure for high eye pressure, effective treatment is available. Remember, regular eye examinations are one of the best things you can do to protect the health of your eyes.
Why did my healthcare professional prescribe Betimol?
Treatment with Betimol can lower the pressure inside your eyes. It has been shown to work well with a low rate of eye-related side effects.
Does Betimal have any side effects?
In studies with Betimol, the most commonly reported side effects related to the eye were stinging and burning. Other side effects related to the eye that occurred in more than 5% of people were: dry eyes, itching, foreign body sensation, discomfort in the eye, redness in the eyelid and swollen eyes. Another side effect that occurred in more than 5% of people was headache. These are not all the possible side effects you may experience when using Betimol. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
Who should not use
Betimol should not be used by anyone who has certain heart or breathing problems. Specifically, Betimol should not be used if you have heart failure, decreased heart function, unusually slow heartbeat, irregular heartbeat, bronchial asthma, severe chronic bronchitis or emphysema. Do not use Betimol if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. For a list of ingredients, refer to the “What are the ingredients of Betimol” section.
Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about any other health issues. Specifically, tell your healthcare provider if you have ever been diagnosed with cardiac failure, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or any other heart or breathing problems as Betimol may make them worse. You should also tell your healthcare provider if you are undergoing any major surgery (elective or non-elective) as Betimol may increase the chance of complications. Betimol may also hide symptoms of some conditions, so you should remind your physician if you are diabetic or have ever been diagnosed with an overactive thyroid. If you have muscle weakness, let you healthcare provider know as Betimol may increase it.
How do I use Betimal?
Always use Betimol the way that your healthcare provider has instructed you. The recommended starting dose of Betimol is one drop of 0.25% Betimol in the affected eye(s) twice a day. Sometimes, the dosage may be changed to one drop of 0.5% Betimol twice a day. When your healthcare provider determines that your eye pressure is where it should be, your dosing schedule may be changed again to one drop once a day in the affected eye(s).
If you use eye drop medications besides Betimol, you should wait at least 5 minutes before putting other medications in your eye(s).
If you wear soft contact lenses, remove your contact(s) before using Betimol. You should also wait 15 minutes after using Betimol before putting in your contact(s).
You should keep your bottle of Betimol tightly closed when not in use. Do not allow the tip of the bottle to touch the eyelid, surrounding areas of the eye, or any other surfaces as this may contaminate the medication. Serious damage to the eye, including a potential loss of vision, may result from using a contaminated medication.
How do I know Betimal is working?
Your healthcare provider will determine whether Betimol is working by measuring your eye pressure using an instrument at his or her office. This can be done on your regular visits to your healthcare provider.