Metipranolol is a prescription medicine used to reduce pressure within the eye in people with open angle glaucoma or high eye pressure. It comes as an eye drop and is applied to the affected eye(s) twice daily. The product works to lower eye pressure by decreasing the amount of fluid produced by the eye. Temporary eye discomfort is the most common side effect of this medication.
What Is Metipranolol?
Metipranolol (OptiPranolol®) is a medication approved to lower eye pressure in people with chronic open angle glaucoma or high eye pressure (ocular hypertension). It comes in the form of an eye drop and is available by prescription only.
As with any medicine, metipranolol can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience bothersome side effects (most people actually tolerate it quite well). If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
In clinical studies, the most common side effect of this medication was temporary eye discomfort.
(Click Side Effects of Metipranolol to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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