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Medicine For Cosopt Allergy
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more
Sulfa, cosopt: Depending on what your target range of pressure is, you could try timolol, alphagan, xalatan, (latanoprost) lumigan, travatan, xioptan, or combigan. Pilocarpine is also available but not nearly as convenient to use. Then there is laser treatment too. Incisional surgery for glaucoma would be for people whose eye pressure is suboptimally controlled despite maximal tolerated medical &/or laser treatment. ...Read more
Unlikely: Studies have shown that having a sulfa structure in a drug rarely causes problem in people with a true sulfa allergy. ...Read more
See below: Cosopt is two eye drop medications in one. One of the two is a sulfa drug. If you have a true allergy to sulfa it may not be a good choice. You must consult your eye care professional first however before making any treatment decisions on your own. ...Read more
I have glaucoma since I was born. What should I do? I'm.Using some medicines for my eyes they're cosopt, xalatan, (latanoprost) alphagan p.Is glaucoma temporary or? ..
Switched from travatan to cosopt 1mo. Ago due to side effects. Cosopt lowered pressure 2-3 pts more & near vision improved. Could cosopt cause this?
Yes: Two reasons I think: 1st- is that if you had problems with travatan and it was causing corneal irritation, then switching to Cosopt that doesn't cause this could improve vision. 2nd- unusually Cosopt may cause transient myopia (reversible when stopping) which would improve your near vision. Chronic treatment of glaucoma has been associated with faster cataract formation, usually increased myopia. ...Read more
Eye pressure drop: This is a combination product of two generally effective agents that lower eye pressure. It is now available in a generic form. Your ophthalmologist (you are seeing a real doctor - an md?) prescribed this to treat your glaucoma and hopefully it is having the desired effect. ...Read more
Glaucoma: Cosopt is a combination glaucoma drop that combines a beta-blocker and carbonic anhydrase inhibitor. It can lower the eye pressure quite well, but can cause eye irritation and may not be appropriate for all patients. As long as the eye pressure is low, there is no evidence of progressing vision loss, and you are tolerating the drop, it is perfectly appropriate to use it. ...Read more
Cosopt: "Cosopt PF is contraindicated in patients with bronchial asthma, a history of bronchial asthma, or severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease." "osopt PF is contraindicated in patients with sinus bradycardia, second or third degree atrioventricular block, overt cardiac failure, and cardiogenic shock." "Cosopt PF is contraindicated in patients who are hypersensitive to any component of this ...Read more
Please d/w your DR.: It looks like Nyogel contains timolol and so does cosopt. Any reason you need to take both? ...Read more
Use cosopt 2x day for glaucoma. Sometimes is 14 hrs. Before I use drop. Could pressure rise in 2 hrs. & cause damage? How far from 12hrs. Is safe?
Don't get paranoid: The interval of time between medication applications should be uniform. 12 hours for maximal therapeutic benefit. However, missing the drops by two hours or so should not cause any problems, especially if it occurs only in frequently. Take responsibility, and make it a priority to follow your doctor's recommendations for medication and follow up visits in the office. ...Read more
Mild glaucoma. Changed from travatan to cosopt due to side effects. After 3 weeks pressure is 13. Next pressure check in 9 weeks. Is that soon enough?
Yes: Your eye doc verified the efficacy of cosopt™ after 3 weeks. As long as your doc is satisfied with your iop, your next pressure check can be as long as 3 to 4 months later. ...Read more
Yes: If you have glaucoma, Cosopt and travatan can be helpful. Cosopt contains two medicines (dorzolomide, a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor, and timolol, a beta blocker). Travatan is a prostaglandin analogue. Cosopt is usually taken morning and night. Travatan is usually taken only at night. See an eye md to evaluate glaucoma and response to the eye drops. Individual response can vary. ...Read more
Possibly: "It appears that the drug can safely be used in eyes with normal corneas, where it had no significant effects on either corneal thickness or endothelial cell count after 1 year of therapy. However, application of dorzolamide can increase corneal thickness in patients with cornea guttata where the functional reserve of the endothelium is lower. What's more, the drug can cause irreversible damage". ...Read more
Hello! My ophtalmologist prescribed me Cosopt for high interocular pressure. I forgot to ask her if I can drink alcoohol in moderation because I have an event coming up and I would like to serve a few drinks. Thank you!
Not a good idea: To mix the two. Alcohol with most drugs is not wise to mix. Alcohol is neurotoxic to nerve cells. The eye is an extension of the brain, and has important neurons in it. Also not wide to smoke as well. That reduces microcirculation to the eyes too. Protect your eyes at all costs. ...Read more
A few: This is a combination drop of a beta blocking agent and a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor. The beta portion can lower the maximum heart rate and cause breathing issues in those inclined to asthma. The carbonic portion is unlikely to do much systemically but could rarely cause kidney stones. Either of them could cause an allergic reaction. All of these are uncommon problems. ...Read more
Cosopt eyedrops can be use during pregnency. As im glucoma patient age is 39.if I plan for pregnancy is it ok?
Discuss with doctor: Eye doctor and/or OB. Cosopt eye drops should only be used during pregnancy if her healthcare provider believes that the benefits to her outweigh the possible risks to the fetus. In animal studies, extremely high doses during pregnancy caused problems for both the mother and the fetuses. However, these doses were so high that the same problems are unlikely in humans taking a normal dose. ...Read more
The instructions for using cosopt eye drops say to wait 20 minutes before inserting a contacts lens. Why do you need to wait that long?
Help absorption: 20 minutes is probably a conservative amount of time, but you want the drop to get into your eye so your eye pressure can go down, not absorb into your contact lens. ...Read more
My eyes got glucoma, using cosopt prese free drp since 2 yrs. Last 9 mnth my eyes lids sweling icthy, have seen skin doc, use antialler. No use. Wat do?
Allergy: It may be that you are allergic to one of two medications in cosopt, likely the dorzolamide component. The latter is a sulfa-related drug that can elicit a allergic reaction involving the white part of the eyes, as well as the surrounding eyelid skin. The best course of action is to discuss with your eye md about discontinuing Cosopt ; trying something else. Of course there are other possibilitie. ...Read more
Options: Cosopt includes 2 medications (timolol and dorzolamide) that affect the eye pressure in different ways. Xalatan (latanoprost) affects it in yet another way. There is one more class of eye drop, called brimonidine. If the addition of it does not help, there are non-medical options. The least invasive involves laser. If that is not effective, surgery may be needed. ...Read more
Travatan has lowered eye pressure in glaucoma 40% but I'm very afraid of possible eye color change. Could cosopt also lower pressure 40%?
Do not worry: Travatan is very effective at lowering pressure with almost no side effects, but more importantly can help prevent vision loss from glaucoma by lowering the pressure. The eye color change is rare, and might occur with long term use in people with blue eyes and a hazel center. The hazel part might appear darker or larger over a long period of time. Cosopt is ok, but has more side effects. ...Read more
Have open angle glaucoma in 1 eye & may switch from travatan to cosopt. Will side effects of cosopt be less because I only need it for 1 eye?
Probably yes: One eye treatment with Cosopt at twice daily with punctal occlusion should have less systemic absorption than both eyes twice daily. Ordinarily if you are healthy without pulmonary contraindications (asthma, copd) or heart contraindications (heart block, sick sinus syndrome) or other (major depression) or sulfa allergy just to name some, then you should tolerate well. It does sting a bit. ...Read more
My friend uses glaucoma drops for a while however she suddenly got red eyes that continued for 2months. Preservative free cosopt drops would help?
Maybe: Many patients have less of an inflammatory reaction with preservative free drops. ...Read more
Currently on travatan for glaucoma am concerned about possible eye color change & darkening skin. Would cosopt be good alternative w\less side effects?
My sister diagnosed as open angle glaucoma suspect in 1 eye has been given cosopt. Is this drop unusual as a first line treatment?
No: No. There are several excellent choices to initiate treatment. It's important to consider the patient's health, allergies, side effect concerns prior to selecting antiglaucoma medication. Also important is the desired iop lowering. With cosopt, you will get about 30% iop reduction, which is similar to prostaglandin analogues. I'm curious about "suspect" glaucoma diagnosis ; start of treatment... ...Read more
Dr told sister glaucoma eye drop cosopt has no side effects unless allergic. Is this true? Didn't advise travatan because eye color change side effect
Side-effects: Allergy is an adverse effect to a medication that is caused by a reaction of the immune system. This is much different than an adverse reaction to a medication causing an undesired side-effect. Most medications can cause adverse effects in some persons who take them. Common side-effects and warnings can be found in the package insert. Your pharmacist is a good source for additional information. ...Read more
If the eye pressure does not go down with the Xalatan (latanoprost) and cosopt will I need a cornea transplant?
Not necessarily: Many patients with corneal transplants have glaucoma, sometimes related to medications used to prevent rejection. If medications and laser are inadequate to control pressure, glaucoma surgery may be required. Sometimes after glaucoma surgery, transplants can fail and require repeat corneal transplants. Your glaucoma and corneal specialists should work together closely on these issues. ...Read more
I have been using cosopt for glaucoma in one eye for 1 month. So far no side effects. How likely is it for cosopt to cause hair loss?
No: If your eyebrows are shedding, please see a dermatologist. ...Read more