Using cosopt eye drop for glaucoma?

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.
Useful. 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.

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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...
Not true. But Cosopt is generally well tolerated. Does have side effects besides allergies. Can look these up. Travatan is a good first line agent, yes a side effect is darkening of light colored iris. Read more...

My sister diagnosed as open angle glaucoma suspect in 1 eye has been given cosopt. Is this drop unusual as a first line treatment?

Not unusual. But there are other medications that are prescribed more as first line agent. I also tend to watch suspects and only treat if they actually demonstrate glaucoma. Read more...
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...