Ocupress Warnings and Precautions
There is a lot of information to be aware of before using a new medication. Some of the warnings and precautions for Ocupress include avoiding this medication if you have asthma, watching out for potential drug interactions, and having your healthcare provider monitor you carefully if you have heart failure. Ocupress may worsen certain medical conditions, so tell your healthcare provider about all existing conditions you have before using the eye drop.
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Ocupress® (carteolol hydrochloride) if you have:
- Heart block
- An upcoming surgery
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Heart failure
- Had a recent heart attack
- A slow heart rate (bradycardia)
- Myasthenia gravis
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking this medicine include the following:
- Even though Ocupress is an eye drop, it is possible that the medication may be absorbed into the bloodstream. Therefore, most of the usual warnings of precautions with other beta blockers also apply to Ocupress.
- Like all beta blockers, Ocupress can worsen heart failure in some situations. If you have heart failure, your healthcare provider may need to monitor you very closely while you take Ocupress. Let your healthcare provider know immediately if your heart failure symptoms seem to worsen.
- Beta blockers can mask some of the symptoms of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), particularly the "racing heart" feeling. This can cause serious problems for people with diabetes, who need to be able to sense that they have low blood sugar (in order to correct it before it becomes life-threatening). Some beta blockers may also worsen low blood sugar, although it is not known if this is a problem for Ocupress.
- Beta blockers can worsen breathing problems like asthma or COPD. In many cases, Ocupress is not recommended for people with such lung problems.
- Ocupress can potentially interact with some other medications (see Ocupress Drug Interactions).
- If you will be having surgery, make sure your surgeon and anesthesiologist know you take Ocupress, as it may affect the choice of medications used during the surgery.
- Beta blockers can mask some of the symptoms of an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism).
- Ocupress may worsen (or possibly even cause) myasthenia gravis.
- Ocupress is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown (see Ocupress and Pregnancy).
- It is unknown if Ocupress passes through breast milk in humans. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Ocupress and Breastfeeding).