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Betoptic is a prescription medication used for lowering eye pressure in people with high eye pressure or chronic open angle glaucoma. It comes in the form of an eye drop and is typically applied to the affected eye once daily in the morning. Beta blockers such as this product work to reduce eye pressure by decreasing the amount of fluid produced by the eye.

What Is Betoptic?

Betoptic® (betaxolol hydrochloride) is a prescription eye drop approved to lower eye pressure in people with chronic open angle glaucoma or high eye pressure (ocular hypertension). There are two different Betoptic products -- regular Betoptic (a solution) and Betoptic S® (a suspension).
(Click Betoptic Uses for more information, including possible off-label uses.)

Who Makes This Medication?

Brand-name Betoptic is made by Alcon Laboratories. Generic versions are made by various manufacturers.

How Does Betoptic Work?

Betoptic belongs to a group of drugs called beta-adrenergic blocking agents, more often known as beta blockers. As the name implies, these medications block beta receptors in the body. Beta receptors are located in a number of places within the body, including the eyes. Beta blockers lower the pressure in the eye by decreasing the amount of fluid produced by the eye (known as aqueous humor).

When and How to Use the Drug

General considerations include the following:
  • This medication comes in the form of an eye drop. It is applied to the affected eye(s) once a day in the morning.
  • Regular Betoptic solution does not need to be shaken. However, you must shake Betoptic S suspension well before each dose.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as directed.
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