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Azopt Uses

How Does Azopt Work?

Azopt belongs to a group of drugs called carbonic anhydrase inhibitors. Carbonic anhydrase is an enzyme found in many places throughout the body, including the eye. By inhibiting this enzyme, Azopt lowers the eye pressure by decreasing the amount of fluid produced by the eye (known as aqueous humor).

Can Children Use It?

Azopt is not approved for children. This does not mean that children cannot use this medication or that a healthcare provider cannot prescribe this medication for children. It simply reflects the fact that Azopt has not been shown to be effective in children. One study (in which a lower-than-typical Azopt dosage was used) failed to show that Azopt was effective in lowering eye pressure in children age four weeks to five years old.

Off-Label Uses for Azopt

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Azopt for something other than high eye pressure or open-angle glaucoma (this would be known as an "off-label" use). At this time, using Azopt to treat acute angle-closure glaucoma would be an off-label use.

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