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Azopt Warnings and Precautions

Tell your doctor about any existing medical conditions you have before using Azopt. The drug's warnings and precautions should also be discussed, as it is important to know what side effects may occur and which ones are potentially serious. You may not be able to use this eye medication safely if you have certain allergies or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Using Azopt?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Azopt® (brinzolamide) if you have:
  • Liver disease, such as liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
  • Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
  • Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Specific Warnings and Precautions With Azopt

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using this drug include the following:
  • Azopt is a sulfonamide ("sulfa" drug) and can cause serious allergic reactions in people allergic to such medications.
  • Azopt has not been adequately studied in people with liver or kidney problems. As a result, this eye medication is not recommended for people with such problems.
  • Azopt can potentially interact with some other medications (see Azopt Drug Interactions).
  • If you have an upcoming eye surgery or develop any other eye problems or conditions (such as an infection), check with your healthcare provider about whether you should continue to use this medication.
  • Like many eye suspensions, Azopt can cause temporary vision blurring. Wait until your vision clears before driving or operating heavy machinery.
  • If you wear soft contact lenses, be sure to remove them (and wait at least 15 minutes before reinserting them) before each dose of Azopt. This eye medicine contains a preservative (benzalkonium chloride) that can bind to soft contact lenses.
  • If you use other eye drops, make sure to separate your dose of Azopt and your dose of the other drops by at least 10 minutes.
  • Azopt is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not currently known (see Azopt and Pregnancy).
  • It is unknown if Azopt passes through breast milk in humans. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to using the drug (see Azopt and Breastfeeding).

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