Generic name: Betaxolol hydrochloride.

Other brand names: Betoptic Ophthalmic Solution, Betoptic Ophthalmic Suspension, Kerlone.

Betoptic is a beta-adrenergic blocking agent. It works to reduce pressure in the eye.

Quick Facts About Betoptic


Used to treat open-angle glaucoma (Betoptic Ophthalmic Solution and Betoptic S Ophthalmic Suspension) and ocular hypertension.

Betoptic Dosage

Use exactly as prescribed. Shake suspension well before each dose.

  • Usual adult dose: for Betoptic Solution — 1 to 2 drops in the affected eye(s) 2 times per day. For Betoptic S Suspension — 1 to 2 drops in the affected eye(s) 2 times per day.
  • Usual child dose: not generally prescribed for children.
  • Missed dose: take as soon as possible, unless almost time for next dose. In that case, do not take missed dose; go back to regular schedule. Do not double doses.

Betoptic Side Effects

Overdose symptoms:

for oral beta-blockers — heart failure, low blood pressure, slow heartbeat. If you suspect an overdose, immediately seek medical attention.

More common side effects: temporary eye discomfort.

Less common Betoptic side effects: allergic reactions, asthma, congestive heart failure, dead skin, decrease in corneal sensitivity, depression, difficulty breathing, difficulty sleeping or drowsiness, dizziness, hair loss, headache, hives, inflammation of the cornea, inflammation of the tongue, intolerance to light, itching, peeling skin, pupils of different sizes, red eyes and skin, slow heartbeat, sluggishness, tearing, thickening chest secretions, vertigo, wheezing.


Inform your doctor before combining Betoptic with:

drugs that alter mood such as Nardil and Elavil; oral beta-blockers such as Inderal and Tenormin; Reserpine (Serpasil).

No known food/other substance interactions. 

Special Cautions

If pregnant or planning to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. May appear in breast milk; could affect a nursing infant.

No special precautions apply to seniors.

Not generally prescribed for children.

  • Do not use if sensitive to or allergic to this medication
  • Inform your doctor before taking Betoptic if you have: asthma, diabetes, heart disease, thyroid disease.
  • May lose effectiveness for glaucoma if used over a long period of time.
  • If having surgery that requires general anesthesia, inform your doctor.

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