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Overdose Information

It is not clear what exactly to expect from an overdose with this medication. If you happen to overdose on this drug, seek immediate medical attention.
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What Should I Do If I Miss a Dose?

If you do not use your brinzolamide as scheduled, use the drops as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular schedule. Do not use a double dose of this medicine.

How Does Brinzolamide Work?

Brinzolamide belongs to a group of drugs called carbonic anhydrase inhibitors. Carbonic anhydrase is an enzyme found in many places throughout the body, including the eye. By inhibiting this enzyme, brinzolamide lowers the eye pressure by decreasing the amount of fluid produced by the eye (known as aqueous humor).

When and How to Use This Medication

Some general considerations include the following:
  • This medication comes in the form of an eye drop. It is used in the affected eye(s) three times daily.
  • Because brinzolamide is a suspension and the medication settles to the bottom, you must shake it before every dose.
  • Soft contact lenses can absorb the preservative in these eye drops. In order to avoid this problem, you must remove the lenses before using brinzolamide and wait at least 15 minutes before reinserting them.
  • If you use other eye drops in addition to brinzolamide, make sure to wait at least 10 minutes between using brinzolamide and the other eye medication.
  • In order to prevent contamination of the drops, do not touch the tip of the dropper to any surface, including the surface of the eye or the skin.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be used as directed.
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