Consumer Medicine Information
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about TIMOPTOL. It does not contain all
the available information.
It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you using
TIMOPTOL against the benefits they expect it will have for you.
If you have any concerns about using this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with the medicine.
You may need to read it again.
What TIMOPTOL is used for
TIMOPTOL is used to lower raised pressure in the eye and to treat glaucoma. Glaucoma
is a condition in which the pressure of fluid in the eye may be high. However, some
people with glaucoma may have normal eye pressure. Also, some people with raised
eye pressure may not have glaucoma.
Glaucoma is usually caused by a build-up of the fluid which flows through the eye.
This build up occurs because the fluid drains out of your eye more slowly than it
is being pumped in. Since new fluid continues to enter the eye, joining the fluid
already there, the pressure continues to rise. This raised pressure may damage the
back of the eye resulting in gradual loss of sight. Damage can progress so slowly
that the person is not aware of this gradual loss of sight. Sometimes even normal
eye pressure is associated with damage to the back of the eye.
There are usually no symptoms of glaucoma. The only way of knowing that you have
glaucoma is to have your eye pressure, optic nerve and visual field checked by an
eye specialist or optometrist. If glaucoma is not treated it can lead to serious problems.
You may have no symptoms but eventually glaucoma can lead to total blindness. In
fact, untreated glaucoma is one of the most common causes of blindness.
Although TIMOPTOL helps control your glaucoma it does not cure it.
For more information about glaucoma, contact Glaucoma Australia Inc., PO Box 420,
Crows Nest 1585, telephone 1800 500 880, or at www.glaucoma.com.au.
TIMOPTOL is used, either alone or in combination with other eye drops or medicines,
to lower raised pressure within your eye(s).
TIMOPTOL lowers pressure in the eye by reducing the production of fluid.
TIMOPTOL belongs to a family of medicines called beta-blockers.
TIMOPTOL is not addictive.
Before you use TIMOPTOL
When you must not use it
Do not use TIMOPTOL if you have an allergy to TIMOPTOL or any of the ingredients listed
at the end of this leaflet.
Do not use TIMOPTOL if:
you have now or you have had in the past certain serious breathing problems such as
asthma, or a history of asthma, chronic obstructive lung disease (emphysema), or other
you have certain heart conditions, such as a slow heart rate, an irregular heart beat,
or heart failure.
Do not use TIMOPTOL if you are breast-feeding or intend to breast-feed.
Your baby may absorb this medicine from breast milk and therefore there is a possibility
of harm to the baby.
Do not put the eye drops into your eye(s) while you are wearing soft contact lenses.
The preservative in TIMOPTOL (benzalkonium chloride) may be deposited in soft contact
lenses. You can put your soft contact lenses back into your eyes at least 15 minutes
after you have used TIMOPTOL.
Do not use TIMOPTOL if:
the seal around the cap is broken
the bottle shows signs of tampering
the expiry date on the pack has passed.
If you use this medicine after the expiry date has passed, it may not work.
If you are not sure whether you should start using TIMOPTOL, talk to your doctor.
Do not use TIMOPTOL in a child.
The safety and effectiveness of TIMOPTOL in children have not been established.
Before you start to use it
Tell your doctor if:
1. you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant
Your doctor will discuss the possible risks and benefits of using TIMOPTOL during
pregnancy and a decision can be made if you should or should not use it.
2. you have now or have had in the past any medical conditions, especially the following:
heart problems (such as coronary heart disease, heart failure or low blood pressure)
heart rate disturbances (such as slow or irregular heart beats)
poor blood circulation problems (such as Raynaud's syndrome)
lung or breathing problems (such as asthma or chronic obstructive lung disease)
diabetes or other blood sugar problems
3. you are already using another beta-blocker eye drop
It is not recommended to use two beta-blocker eye drops at the same time.
4. you have a history of allergic problems, including eczema, hives or hay fever
5. you have had an allergy to any other medicines or any other substances, such as foods,
preservatives or dyes.
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you use
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you buy
without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop. Some
medicines and TIMOPTOL may interfere with each other.
medicines for high blood pressure or heart conditions, including a group of medicines
digoxin, a medicine used to treat heart failure
quinidine, a medicine used to treat irregular heart beats
medicines to treat depression
medicines to treat diabetes
These medicines may be affected by TIMOPTOL, or may affect how well it works. You
may need different amounts of your medicines, or you may need to take different medicines.
Your doctor or pharmacist has more information on medicines to be careful with or
avoid while using TIMOPTOL.
How to use TIMOPTOL
How much to use
Your doctor will tell you how many drops you need to use each day.
Use TIMOPTOL only when prescribed by your doctor.
The usual dose for adults is one drop of TIMOPTOL twice a day, in either one or both
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor carefully.
They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
Use TIMOPTOL every day, at about the same time each day, unless your doctor tells
Using your eye drops at the same time each day will have the best effect on your eye
pressure. It will also help you remember when to use the eye drops.
After using TIMOPTOL, wait at least 5 minutes before putting any other eye drops in
How to use it
Please refer to the instruction leaflet inside the TIMOPTOL pack for directions on
how to use your eye drops.
You may find it easier to put drops in your eye while you are sitting or lying down.
If you are wearing contact lenses, remove them before putting the drops in your eye.
Wait at least 15 minutes before replacing your contact lenses.
Be careful not to touch the dropper tip against your eye, eyelid or anything else
to avoid contaminating the eye drops.
Contaminated eye drops may give you an eye infection.
You may feel a slight burning sensation in the eye shortly after using the eye drops.
If this persists, or is very uncomfortable, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
How long to use it
TIMOPTOL helps control your condition but does not cure it. Therefore TIMOPTOL must
be used every day. Continue using TIMOPTOL for as long as your doctor prescribes.
If you forget to use it
If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and use your next
dose when you are meant to. Otherwise, use the drops as soon as you remember, and
then go back to using them as you would normally.
If you are not sure whether to skip the dose, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not use double the amount to make up for the dose that you missed.
If you have trouble remembering to use your eye drops, ask your pharmacist for some
If you use too much (overdose)
If you think that you or anyone else may have swallowed any or all of the contents
of a bottle of TIMOPTOL, or used too many drops, immediately telephone your doctor
or Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26) for advice, or go to accident and
emergency at your nearest hospital. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort
If TIMOPTOL is accidentally swallowed, or if you use too many drops, you may feel
light-headed or dizzy, you may faint, have a very slow pulse rate, or have wheezing
or difficulty breathing.
While you are using TIMOPTOL
Things you must do
Have your eye pressure checked when your eye specialist says, to make sure TIMOPTOL
If you develop an eye infection, receive an eye injury, or have eye surgery tell your
Your doctor may tell you to use a new container of TIMOPTOL because of possible contamination
of the old one, or may advise you to stop your treatment with TIMOPTOL.
If you become pregnant while using TIMOPTOL tell your doctor.
Tell your doctor before you have an operation that you are using TIMOPTOL, as it may
change the effects of some medicines during anaesthesia.
If you are about to be started on any new medicine tell your doctor and pharmacist
that you are using TIMOPTOL.
Things you must not do
Do not give TIMOPTOL to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you.
Do not stop using TIMOPTOL without first talking to your doctor.
If you stop using your eye drops, your eye pressures may rise again and damage to
your eye may occur.
Things to be careful of
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how TIMOPTOL affects you.
TIMOPTOL generally does not cause any problems with your ability to drive a car or
operate machinery. However, TIMOPTOL may cause blurred vision or dizziness in some
people. Make sure you know how you react to TIMOPTOL or that your vision is clear
before driving a car or operating machinery.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you
are using TIMOPTOL.
TIMOPTOL helps most people with high eye pressure and glaucoma, but it may have unwanted
side effects in a few people. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they
are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical treatment if you
get some of the side effects.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
problems with your eye/s such as:
blurred vision, double vision or other visual problems
allergic reactions including redness, swelling and/or itching of the eye
burning and stinging of the eyes
irritation or feeling of having something in the eye, dry eyes
watering of the eyes or discharge
pain in the eye
drooping of eyelid/s
difficulty thinking or working because of:
ringing or buzzing in the ears
difficulty sleeping, nightmares
changes in mood such as depression, memory loss
stomach or bowel problems
feeling sick (nausea), upset stomach
changes in the way your hands and feet feel such as:
cold hands or feet
numbness, tingling and colour change (white, blue then red) in fingers when exposed
to the cold (Raynaud's Phenomenon)
numbness or tingling in the fingers or toes
hair loss or thinning
less desire for sex
muscle weakness or muscle pain, not caused by exercise.
These are usually mild side effects of TIMOPTOL.
Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:
fast or irregular heart beats, also called palpitations
dizziness and light-headedness, which may be due to low blood pressure
skin rash, itching
swelling of the hands, feet, ankles or legs
These may be serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention.
Serious side effects are rare.
If any of the following happen, stop using TIMOPTOL and tell your doctor immediately
or go to accident and emergency at your nearest hospital:
wheezing, difficulty in breathing, shortness of breath
very slow pulse, chest pain
swelling of the face, lips, mouth, tongue or throat which may cause difficulty in
breathing or swallowing
severe and sudden onset of pinkish, itchy swellings on the skin, also called hives
These are serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention. These side
effects are rare.
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. Tell your doctor
if you notice any other effects.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any
After using TIMOPTOL
Keep your eye drops in a cool place where the temperature stays below 30°C.
Do not store it or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink.
Do not leave it in the car or on window sills.
Do not carry the eye drops in pockets of your clothes.
Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep the eye drops away from direct light.
Keep it where children cannot reach it.
A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place
to store medicines.
Do not leave the lid off the bottle for any length of time to avoid contaminating
the eye drops.
Write the date on the bottle when you open the eye drops and throw out any remaining
solution after four weeks.
Eye drops contain a preservative which helps prevent germs growing in the solution
for the first four weeks after opening the bottle. After this time there is a greater
risk that the drops may become contaminated and cause an eye infection. A new bottle
should be opened.
If your doctor tells you to stop using the eye drops or they have passed their expiry
date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any remaining solution.
How does it come?
TIMOPTOL comes as eye drops in a 5 mL dropper pack. It is available in two strengths.
TIMOPTOL 0.25% - timolol maleate, equivalent to timolol 0.25%
TIMOPTOL 0.5% - timolol maleate, equivalent to timolol 0.5%
dibasic sodium phosphate
monobasic sodium phosphate
benzalkonium chloride as preservative
TIMOPTOL is supplied in Australia by:
Mundipharma Pty Limited
88 Phillip Street
Sydney NSW 2000
This leaflet was prepared in April 2017.
Australian Register Numbers*:
TIMOPTOL 0.25% - AUST R 28776
TIMOPTOL 0.5% - AUST R 28775
* All strengths may not currently be available in Australia.
® TIMOPTOL is a registered trade mark.