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When and How to Take Timolol

Some general considerations for those taking this medicine include the following:
 
  • Timolol comes in the form of tablets and eyedrops. It is usually taken once or twice a day, depending on the particular product.
     
  • You can take this medication with a meal or on an empty stomach.
     
  • For the eyedrops, make sure you know exactly how to use them (there are significant variations among the various products).
     
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Timolol will not work if you stop taking it.
     
  • In general, the tablet form should not be stopped suddenly, as serious problems (including heart attacks) may result.
     

Dosing Information

The dose of timolol your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
 
  • The particular product
  • The medical condition being treated
  • How you respond to the medication
  • Other drugs you are taking
  • Other medical conditions you have.
     
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
 
(Click Timolol Dosage for more information.)
 

Drug Interactions

Timolol can potentially interact with a number of other medications (see Drug Interactions With Timolol).
 

Overdose Information

An overdose is likely to cause dangerously low blood pressure (hypotension), a slow heart rate (bradycardia), and other serious problems. If you happen to overdose on timolol, seek immediate medical attention.
 
(Click Timolol Overdose for more information.)
 
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Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;
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