You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this medication if you have:
- Myasthenia gravis
- Heart failure
- Had a recent heart attack
- A slow heart rate (bradycardia)
- Heart block
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- An upcoming surgery
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Ocupress and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Ocupress and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Carteolol to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
Carteolol belongs to a group of drugs called beta-adrenergic blocking agents (known as beta blockers, for short). As the name implies, these medications block beta receptors in the body. Beta receptors are located in a number of places within the body, including the eyes. Carteolol lowers the eye pressure by decreasing the amount of fluid produced by the eye (known as aqueous humor).