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What should I know about dorzolamide and timolol before taking it?

Before taking dorzolamide and timolol, you and your doctor should discuss the potential side effects of dorzolamide and timolol and weigh them against the potential benefits for this medication.

Your treatment regimen may require a bit of planning. Soft contact lenses must be removed before instilling the drops and cannot be reinserted until 15 minutes after placing the drops in the eye. If you are taking other eye drops in addition to dorzolamide and timolol, the drugs must be administered at least 10 minutes apart.

You should also know that unsanitary handling of eye medications (e.g., allowing the eyedropper tip to touch the eye or other surfaces) could lead to eye infections and loss of vision.

Certain medical conditions, such as lung disease and diabetes, may affect your use of dorzolamide and timolol.

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