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COSOPT Preservative-Free is prescribed to lower raised pressure in the eye in the treatment of glaucoma when beta-blocker eyedrop medicine used alone is not adequate.
Always use COSOPT Preservative-Free exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure. The appropriate dosage and duration of treatment will be established by your doctor.
The usual dose is one drop in the affected eye(s) in the morning and in the evening.
If you are using COSOPT Preservative-Free with another eye drop, the drops should be instilled at least 10 minutes apart.
Do not change the dose of the drug without consulting your doctor.
Do not allow the tip of the single dose container to touch the eye or areas around the eye. It may become contaminated with bacteria that can cause eye infections leading to serious damage of the eye, even loss of vision. To avoid possible contamination of the single dose container, keep the tip of the single dose container away from contact with any surface. Instructions for use
The solution from one individual single dose container of COSOPT Preservative-Free is to be used immediately after opening for administration to the affected eye(s). Since sterility cannot be maintained after the individual single dose container is opened, a new container must be opened prior to each use and must be discarded immediately after administration.
1. Open the foil sachet which contains 15 individual single dose containers. There are three strips of 5 single dose containers each in the sachet.
2. First wash your hands then break off one single dose container from the strip and twist open the top of the single dose container as shown.
3. Tilt your head back and pull your lower eyelid down slightly to form a pocket between your eyelid and eye as shown.
4. Put one drop in the affected eye(s) as directed by your doctor. Each single dose container contains enough solution for both eyes.
5. After putting the drop into the eye, throw away the used single dose container even if there is solution remaining to avoid contamination of the preservative free solution.
6. Store the remaining containers in the foil sachet; the remaining containers must be used within 15 days after opening of the sachet. If there are any containers left 15 days after opening the sachet they should be safely thrown away and a fresh sachet opened. It is important to continue to use the eye drops as prescribed by your doctor.