Medical symbolDirectory of Drugs: Prescription symbol AzoptŪ - brinzolamide hydrochloride



Brand Name: Azopt®
Active Ingredient: brinzolamide hydrochloride
Strength(s): 1%
Dosage Form(s): Ophthalmic suspension
Company Name: Alcon Laboratories, Inc.
Availability: Prescription only
Date Approved by FDA: April 1, 1998


What is Azopt used for?

Azopt is used to treat increased pressure in the eye.

Special Warnings Concerning Azopt:

Azopt is a sulfa drug.  Although it is applied to the eye, it is absorbed by the body. Therefore, it is important to tell your health care provider if you are allergic to sulfa drugs.  If you have a reaction to Azopt, stop using the medicine and contact your health care provider.

General Precautions with Azopt: 

  • Your vision may be temporarily blurred after using Azopt.  Do not drive a car or operate heavy machinery until you know how you will react to Azopt.
  • Azopt can be absorbed by soft contact lenses.  Lenses should be removed before using Azopt and may be replaced in the eyes 15 minutes after using Azopt.
  • If you have serious kidney problems, Azopt may not be right for you.

What are some possible side effects of Azopt? (This is not a complete list of side effects reported with Azopt. Your health care provider can discuss with you a more complete list of side effects.)

  • blurred vision (see general precautions)
  • bitter, sour, or unusual taste
  • discomfort or eye pain
  • foreign body sensation in the eye
  • redness of the eye
  • dry eye
  • headache


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