What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular eye pressure exams. Ask your doctor or health care professional if you should continue to use this medicine if you injure your eyes, get an eye infection, or need eye surgery.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that requires mental alertness until you know how carteolol affects you. To reduce the risk of dizzy or fainting spells, do not sit or stand up quickly.
Wear dark glasses if this medicine makes your eyes more sensitive to light.
If you wear soft contact lenses, you should not put this medicine in your eyes while wearing the lenses. After using the eye drops, wait about 15 minutes before putting lenses in your eyes.
Interactions with Medications
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
chest pain or discomfort
dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position suddenly
shortness of breath
slow or irregular heartbeat
unusual tiredness or weakness
Incidence not determined
Blue lips, fingernails, or skin
blurred, cloudy, or yellow vision
change in color vision
decreased urine output
decreased vision after sunset and before sunrise
difficult or labored breathing
difficulty seeing at night
dilated neck veins
discoloration of white part of eye
disturbed color perception
drainage from the eye
drooping upper eyelids
eye redness, irritation, pain, burning, or tearing
halos around lights
inability to speak
increase in blood flow to the whites of the eyes
increased sensitivity of eyes to sunlight
irregular, fast or slow, or shallow breathing
joint pain, stiffness, or swelling
loss of vision
overbright appearance of lights
pain or tenderness around eyes and cheekbones
pounding or rapid pulse
redness of skin
redness, swelling, and/or itching of eye and eyelid
severe numbness, especially on one side of the face or body
severe or sudden headache
stuffy or runny nose
swelling of eyelids, face, fingers, lips, hands, feet, or lower legs
tightness in chest
unusual feeling in the eyes
weakness in arm and/or leg on one side of the body, sudden and severe
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.