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How Does Cosopt Work?

As mentioned, Cosopt contains two different active ingredients. Dorzolamide 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, Cosopt lowers the eye pressure by decreasing the amount of fluid the eye produces (known as aqueous humor).
 
Timolol belongs to a group of drugs called beta-adrenergic blocking agents, more often known as beta blockers. 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. Beta blockers also lower the pressure in the eye by decreasing the amount of fluid the eye produces.
 

Can Children Use It?

Cosopt has been shown to be safe and effective for children as young as two years of age. As a safety precaution, however, ask your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using any medication recommended for your child, including Cosopt.
 

Off-Label Uses for Cosopt

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