Ocular hypertension (high eye pressure that is not accompanied by changes in vision or damage to the optic nerve, as would happen with glaucoma).
Dorzolamide comes in the form of an eye drop that is applied three times a day. It may be used by itself or, if necessary, combined with other types of glaucoma treatment.
The eye drops work by inhibiting an enzyme called carbonic anhydrase, which is found in many places throughout the body, including the eye. Inhibiting this enzyme reduces the amount of fluid the eye produces. This, in turn, lowers the pressure within the eye.
Before starting treatment, let your healthcare provider know if you have liver or kidney disease, or any allergies. Also, make sure to tell your healthcare provider if you are pregnant, thinking of becoming pregnant, or breastfeeding.
(To learn more about these eye drops, click Dorzolamide. Topics discussed in this article include possible side effects, how to use the medication, what to expect during treatment, and more.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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National Library of Medicine (US). Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMED). NLM Web site. Available at: http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/htmlgen?LACT. Accessed June 14, 2010.
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