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Precautions and Warnings With Carteolol

There are many precautions and warnings to be aware of before starting carteolol. For example, it is important to know that carteolol may worsen certain medical conditions, such as heart failure, asthma, or COPD. As such, it is generally recommended that you avoid using carteolol eye drops if you have asthma or a history of asthma, severe COPD, or severe heart failure.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking Carteolol?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking carteolol hydrochloride (Ocupress®) if you have:
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 non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Specific Carteolol Warnings and Precautions

Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using this product include the following:
  • Even though carteolol is an eye drop, it is possible that the medication may be absorbed into the bloodstream. Therefore, most of the usual warnings of precautions with other beta blockers also apply to carteolol.
  • Like all beta blockers, carteolol can worsen heart failure in some situations. If you have heart failure, your healthcare provider may need to monitor you very closely while you take carteolol. Let your healthcare provider know immediately if your heart failure symptoms seem to worsen.
  • Beta blockers can mask some of the symptoms of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), particularly the "racing heart" feeling. This can cause serious problems for people with diabetes, who need to be able to sense that they have low blood sugar (in order to correct it before it becomes life-threatening). Some beta blockers may also worsen low blood sugar, although it is not known if this is a problem for carteolol.
  • Beta blockers can worsen breathing problems like asthma or COPD. In many cases, carteolol is not recommended for people with such lung problems.
  • Carteolol can potentially interact with some other medications (see Drug Interactions With Carteolol).
  • If you will be having surgery, make sure your surgeon and anesthesiologist know you take carteolol, as it may affect the choice of medications used during the surgery.
  • Beta blockers can mask some of the symptoms of an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism).
  • Carteolol may worsen (or possibly even cause) myasthenia gravis.
  • Carteolol is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown (see Ocupress and Pregnancy).
  • It is unknown if carteolol passes through breast milk in humans. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Ocupress and Breastfeeding).
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