Generic Name : TIMOLOL ORAL
Pronunciation : (tye' mole lole)
Trade Name(s) : Glucomol
Why it is prescribed: Timolol is used tocontrol high blood pressure and to prevent heart pain and recurrence of heart attacks.
When it is to be taken: Timolol usually is taken twice a day. Follow the instructions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor to explain any part that you do not understand. It is important that you take this medication regularly.
How it should be taken: Timolol comes in the form of tablets. Your prescription label tells you how much to take at each dose.
Special Instruction :
1. Your doctor may ask you to check your heart rate daily while taking this medication and will tell you how rapid it should be. Ask your doctor to teach you how to take your pulse. If your pulse is slower than it should be, contact your doctor about taking the drug that day.
2. Do not stop taking timolol without consulting your doctor. Stopping the medication abruptly can make your condition worse.
3. Keep all appointments with your doctor so that your response to this medication can be checked.
4. Special dietary instructions should be followed. Your doctor may prescribe a low-salt or low-sodium diet, tell you to stop smoking, and restrict your intake of alcohol. To obtain the full benefit from this drug, you must follow these instructions.
5. If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember and take any remaining doses for that day at evenly spaced intervals. Do not take a double dose.
Side Effects :
1. Nausea, constipation, dizziness, fatigue, weakness. Contact your doctor if these effects persist or are severe.
2. Slow or irregular pulse, shortness of breath, wheezing, breathing difficulty, swelling of feet and lower legs, sudden weight gain, heart pain, fainting. Contact your doctor immediately.
Other Precautions :
1. Women who are pregnant or breast feeding should inform their doctors.
2. Before taking timolol, tell your doctor if you have a history of asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, or other lung disease; liver disease; kidney disease; heart disease; thyroid problems; diabetes; or myasthenia.
3. Before taking timolol, tell your doctor what prescription and nonprescription drugs you are taking, especially reserpine, high blood pressure medication, arthritis medication, oral medication for diabetes, and timolol ophthalmic.
4. Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking timolol.
5. Do not allow anyone else to take this medication.
Storage Conditions :
1. Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of the reach of children.
2. Store it at room temperature, away from light and excess heat