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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the drug Cosopt for the treatment of high eye pressure related to specific medical conditions -- namely open-angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension. Both adults and children as young as two years of age can use Cosopt, which works by decreasing the amount of fluid the eye produces.

What Is Cosopt Used For?

Cosopt® (dorzolamide/timolol) is a prescription eye drop used to lower the pressure in the eyes (intraocular pressure). Specifically, it is approved to lower eye pressure in people with the following conditions:
 
Cosopt contains two separate active ingredients: dorzolamide (a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor) and timolol (a beta blocker). It is approved only for people who have not responded adequately to a beta blocker eye drop alone.
 
Not everyone with high eye pressure has glaucoma, although high eye pressure can lead to it. Effectively treating high eye pressure can help prevent glaucoma.
 
Glaucoma is not a single disease. It is actually a group of diseases sharing certain features, such as:
 
  • High pressure within the eye (intraocular pressure)
  • Damage to the optic nerve
  • Loss of peripheral (side) vision
  • Possible blindness.
     
Of all the different types, open-angle glaucoma is by far the most common (see Types of Glaucoma).
 
Although there is no cure for open-angle glaucoma, symptoms can usually be controlled and further damage may be prevented or reduced. The most common glaucoma treatments are:
 
Cosopt can be used by itself or, if necessary, combined with other types of medications or treatments.
 

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