Betaxon review

Betaxon, a selective beta-blocker, is used for the treatment of hypertension and glaucoma. This beta-blocker produces less complications than others and can reduce eye pressure, presumably by reducing production of the aqueous humor inside the eye. This reduces the risk of damage to the optic nerve and loss of vision resulting from glaucoma. Bexaton works to reduce blood pressure by affecting the action of the sympathetic nervous system, which is in part responsible for blood pressure regulation.

This medication comes in 10 mg oral pills for the treatment of hypertension (available in brand names such as Kerlone) and in ophthalmic solutions in 0.25% and 0.5% concentrations (brand available as Betoptic).

Betaxon can be prescribed on it's own or with other medications (like hydrochlorothiazide) to treat hypertension as a part of a larger hypertension treatment program. The eyedrops are used to prevent permanent vision loss from increased internal pressure in the eyes for those suffering from glaucoma.

Whether you are using Betaxon to treat hypertension or glaucoma, always follow the prescription given by the doctor.

Shake the bottle well before each dosage when using Betaxon suspension eye drops (Betoptic S). If using the eye drop solution, shaking will not be necessary. Squeeze the prescribed amount of drops into the “pocket” made by pulling down the lower eyelid gently. Dropping the medication directly onto the eyeball may cause a stinging sensation. Close the eye and lightly press lower eyelid against your eyes with your finger for 2 to 3 minutes. Do not blink as the medication may spill out.

Betaxon treats glaucoma by controlling the increase of pressure but does not cure it. Continuous use of this medication is advised even when symptoms start to disappear. Do not discontinue Betaxon treatment without consulting your doctor.

For hypertension, a 10 mg dosage once a day either alone or with other medication is advised. The optimal effect of the medication can normally be observed in one to two weeks. Dosage may be doubled by your doctor after another one to two weeks if improvements are not observed. However, increasing the dosage beyond 20 mg has not led to an observable benefit but studies have observed dosages up to 40 mg to be tolerable by the body. An increased effect on the heart rate should be observed but if no improvements can be seen, an accompanying diuretic treatment may be advised.

Side effects may include eye irritation and tearing, headaches, insomnia and dizziness. If these persist, consult with your doctor. More serious side effects requiring immediate medical attention include difficulty in breathing, eyesight problems and pain in the eyes.

Oral Betaxon may cause decreased sex drive or even impotence, insomnia, tiredness or mood condition and nervousness. Inform your doctor and seek medical attention if you experience symptoms of an allergic reaction, which include irregular heartbeats, depression, swelling in the lower extremities, dark urine and clay-colored stools and nausea.

Using Betaxon eye drops with other oral beta-blockers may cause an increased effect and may result in an excessively low blood pressure. Do not simply stop oral Betaxon treatments as withdrawal symptoms may cause irregular heartbeat and aggravation of certain heart conditions.

Betaxon has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of betaxon

• Molecular formula of betaxon is C18H29NO3
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 1-[4-[2-(cyclopropylmethoxy)ethyl]phenoxy]-3-(1-methylethylamino)propan-2-ol
• Molecular weight is 307.428 g/mol
Betaxon available : 10mg tablets and 20mg tablets

Generic name: Betaxolol

Brand name(s): Betaxololum, Betoptic, Kerlone

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