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Brinzolamide 10mg ml eye drops suspension
PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER
BRINZOLAMIDE 10MG/ML EYE DROPS, SUSPENSION
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains important information for you.
What is in this leaflet:
1. What brinzolamide is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use brinzolamide
3. How to use brinzolamide
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store brinzolamide
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT BRINZOLAMIDE IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Brinzolamide contains brinzolamide which belongs to a group of medicines called carbonic anhydrase inhibitors. It reduces pressure within the eye.
Brinzolamide eye drops are used to treat high pressure in the eye. This pressure can lead to an illness called glaucoma.
If the pressure in the eye is too high, it can damage your sight.
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TAKE BRINZOLAMIDE
Do not use brinzolamide
If you have further questions, ask your doctor for advice.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using brinzolamide:
Children and adolescents
Brinzolamide is not to be used by infants, children or adolescents under 18 of years of age unless advised by your doctor.
Other medicines and brinzolamide
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines.
If you are taking another carbonic anhydrase inhibitor (acetazolamide or dorzolamide, see section 1 'What brinzolamide is and what it is used for'), talk to your doctor.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before using this medicine.
Women who may become pregnant are advised to use effective contraception during brinzolamide treatment. The use of brinzolamide is not recommended during pregnancy or breast-feeding. Do not use brinzolamide unless clearly indicated by your doctor.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.
Driving and using machines
Do not drive or use machines until your vision is clear. You may find that your vision is blurred for a time just after using brinzolamide.
Brinzolamide may impair the ability to perform tasks requiring mental alertness and/or physical coordination. If affected, take care when driving or using machines.
Brinzolamide contains benzalkonium chloride
Brinzolamide contains a preservative (benzalkonium chloride) which may cause eye irritation and is known to discolour soft contact lenses. Contact with soft contact lenses should be avoided. If you wear contact lenses you should remove prior to the application of brinzolamide and wait at least 15 minutes after instillation of the dose before putting your lenses back in.
3. HOW TO USE BRINZOLAMIDE
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Only use brinzolamide for your eyes. Do not swallow or inject.
The recommended dose is
1 drop in the affected eye or eyes, twice a day - morning and night.
Use this much unless your doctor told you to do something different. Only use brinzolamide in both eyes if your doctor told you to. Use it for as long as your doctor told you to.
How to use
If a drop misses your eye, try again.
If you are using other eye drops, leave at least 5 minutes between putting in brinzolamide and the other drops. Eye ointments should be administered last.
If you use more brinzolamide than you should
If you get too much in your eyes, rinse it all out with warm water. Do not put in any more drops until it's time for your next regular dose.
If you forget to use brinzolamide
Use a single drop as soon as you remember, and then go back to your regular routine.
Do not use a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you stop using brinzolamide
If you stop using brinzolamide without speaking to your doctor, the pressure in your eye will not be controlled which could lead to loss of sight.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
The following side effects have been seen with brinzolamide.
Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
Uncommon side effects (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
Rare side effects (may affect up to 1 in 1000 people)
Not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data)
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE BRINZOLAMIDE
Keep out of sight and reach of children.
Do not use brinzolamide after the expiry date which is stated on the bottle and box after "EXP". The expiry date refers to the last day of the month.
This medicine does not require any special storage conditions.
You must throw away the bottle four weeks after you first opened it, to prevent infections. Write down the date you opened each bottle in the space below and in the space on the bottle label and box.
For a pack containing a single bottle, write only one date.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
What brinzolamide contains:
The active substance is brinzolamide 10mg/ml.
The other ingredients are: benzalkonium chloride solution 50%, carbomer 974P, disodium edetate, mannitol (E421), water for injection and sodium chloride. Tiny amounts of sodium hydroxide are added to keep acidity levels (pH levels) normal.
What brinzolamide looks like and contents of the pack:
Brinzolamide is a milky liquid (a suspension) supplied in a pack containing 1, 3 or 6 plastic (dropper container) bottles with a screw cap which includes 5 ml white homogenous suspension.
The following pack sizes are available: outer cartons containing 1 x 5 ml, 3 x 5 ml
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
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This leaflet was last revised in April 2020