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How Does Dorzolamide Work?

Dorzolamide 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, dorzolamide lowers the eye pressure by decreasing the amount of fluid the eye produces (known as aqueous humor).

Can Children Use It?

Dorzolamide has been shown to be safe and effective for use in children. However, it is a good idea to ask your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of any medication recommended for your child, including dorzolamide.

Is Dorzolamide Used for Off-Label Reasons?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this product for something other than high eye pressure or open-angle glaucoma (this would be known as an "off-label" use). At this time, using dorzolamide to treat acute angle-closure glaucoma would be an off-label use.
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