Betagan Side Effects
What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. 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 this medicine affects you. To reduce the risk of dizzy or fainting spells, do not sit or stand up quickly.
If you wear contact lenses, ask your doctor or health care professional if you can wear your lenses while you are using this medicine.
Wear dark glasses if this medicine makes your eyes more sensitive to light.
Common and Rare Side Effects
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 as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Redness of eyes or inside of eyelids
Less common or rare
Blurred vision or other change in vision
different size pupils of the eyes
discoloration of the eyeball
droopy upper eyelid
redness or irritation of the tongue
swelling, irritation or inflammation of eye or eyelid
Symptoms of too much medicine being absorbed into the body
Ankle, knee, or great toe joint pain
ankle, knee, or great toe joint swelling
anxiety or nervousness
bloody or cloudy urine
burning or prickling feeling on body
change in taste
clumsiness or unsteadiness
confusion or mental depression
decreased sexual ability
difficult, burning, or painful urination
dizziness or feeling faint
dryness or soreness of throat
feeling of constant movement
hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there)
irregular, fast, slow, or pounding heartbeat
lower back or side pain
muscle or joint aches or pain
muscle tightness or stiffness
nausea or vomiting
raw, red, blistering, scaly, or crusted areas of the skin
ringing or buzzing in the ears
runny, stuffy, or bleeding nose
swelling of feet, ankles, or lower legs
trouble in sleeping
unusual tiredness or weakness
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:
Blurred vision, temporary
decreased night vision
stinging of eye or other eye irritation (when medicine is applied)
The side effect of blurred vision is associated primarily with levobetaxolol and the timolol gel-forming solution and usually lasts from thirty seconds to five minutes.
Less common or rare
Acid or sour stomach
crusting of eyelashes
dryness of eye
feeling of something in the eye
increased sensitivity of eye to light
pain, redness, warmth, or swelling of muscles
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.