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Betoptic S (Betaxolol)

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Betoptic S is a glaucoma treatment medication available by prescription and used to treat open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension. Betaxolol is a beta-blocker drug that works to lower pressure by decreasing the amount of fluid produced in the eye so that glaucoma complications like vision loss are less likely to occur and the condition becomes more manageable. Alcon Betoptic S eye drops may be used alongside other eye drops that are used to manage glaucoma. Buy Betoptic S from Canada and get the price on this medication.

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is an eye condition where the buildup of fluid in the eye causes pressure on the optical nerve, which can damage the nerve over time and compromise a person's vision or cause vison loss. Glaucoma may not present symptoms in the early stages of the disorder, but vision changes will eventually become apparent, and speedy treatment is required to relieve pressure on the nerve and preventing glaucoma from progressing into vision loss. Glaucoma is more common in older adults and is the leading cause of blindness for people over 60.

Fact Table
Formula C18H29NO3
License FDA Approved
Bioavailability Not specifically listed (topical administration in eye)
Legal status Prescription only
Chemical Name Betaxolol
Elimination half-life Approximately 14-22 hours (systemic)
Dosage (Strength) Ophthalmic suspension: 0.25% and 0.5%
Pregnancy advice Category C (risk not ruled out)
Brands Betoptic S
Protein binding 50%
PubChem CID 2369
MedlinePlus a601098
ChEBI 3084
ATC code S01ED02
DrugBank DB00195
KEGG D07526
Routes of administration Ophthalmic

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Standard dosage for Betoptic S 0.25 is to apply drops to affected eyes 2x daily

Tilt head back, look upward and then pull-down lower eyelid to form a pouch

Hold medication dropper directly over eye and place one drop into each pouch. Close eye and apply gentle pressure to corner of eye near nose for 1 to 2 minutes before administering second dose.

Do not rinse dropper and replace dropper cap after each use


The active ingredient in Betoptic is Betaxolol.


Let your doctor know of any history of diabetes, hypoglycemia, hyperthyroidism, myasthenia gravis or other muscle disorders, heart failure, slow heartbeat, atrioventricular block, cerebrovascular insufficiency, or Raynaud's phenomenon before starting on Betoptic ophthalmic

Patients who develop an eye infection while using Betoptic may need pause their use of the medication

Medication use may make you drowsy or temporarily blur your vision

Limit alcohol consumption while you are using Betoptic drops

Store at room temperature and away from moisture and heat


Negative drug interactions may occur between Betoptic S eye drops and other Rx medication, including cyclobenzaprine, Azopt, rosuvastatin, furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide, levothyroxine, losartan, Lumigan, esomeprazole, amlodipine, oxymorphone, oxybutynin, pravastatin, prednisone, ranitidine, tramadol, oxcarbazepine, tramadol, xalatan.

Let your doctor know of all medications you are currently taking before getting a prescription and proceeding to buy Betoptic S online.

Side Effects

Betoptic side effects may occur between Betoptic S, and some users may experience temporary stinging or discomfort in the eye, headache, sleeping difficulties, or dizziness. If side effects are seen, it may be best to stop use and meet with a doctor again to discuss glaucoma treatment medication alternatives.

Remember, these are not exhaustive lists, and it's important to consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice and guidance. If you prefer, you may contact the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) directly. Visit or call 1-800-FDA-1088

Frequently Asked Questions about Betoptic S

Is there a generic for Betoptic S?

There is a generic equivalent of this medication available.

When is Betoptic S safer for glaucoma than Timolol?

Betoptic and Timolol are the equals of each other when it comes to safety, and the only patients who need to be concerned about the safety of either medication are those with uncontrolled heart failure, 2nd or 3rd degree heart block, or sinus bradycardia.

What is the difference between Betoptic and Betoptic S?

The S in Betoptic S indicates that the medication comes in suspension form and will be administered as a drop as compared to more standard means of medication intake.

Is Betoptic the same as Timolol?

Both are beta-blocker medications, but Betoptic is a cardiac selective beta blocker while Timolol is a non-cardioselective beta blocker. Both work well for lowering intraocular pressure as part of glaucoma treatment.

What class of drug is Betoptic?

Betoptic is in the cardiac selective class of beta-blocker medications.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.