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What should I know about metipranolol ophthalmic solution before using it?

Before using metipranolol ophthalmic solution, you should know that it reduces ocular (eye) pressure and prevents further damage to the eye and optic nerve caused by ocular hypertension, but it will not reverse any damage already present. If left untreated, ocular hypertension can lead to optic nerve damage and permanent (partial or total) vision loss. This is called glaucoma.

Before using metipranolol, be sure that the doctor who prescribes it knows if you have severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, a slow heartbeat or a heart condition known as "AV block." Tell your doctor if you have ever had breathing problems like emphysema or bronchitis, diabetes, history of stroke, heart disease or congestive heart failure, blood clots, circulation problems, muscle disorders like myasthenia gravis or thyroid disorders, as these conditions may impact your ability to use this drug.

If you have other eye medications to use in addition to metipranolol, use them exactly as directed by your doctor. If you use more than one eye medication, wait 10 minutes between use. If you wear contacts, remove them before using the eye drops and wait 15 minutes before you reinsert them. These drops will make your vision blurry, so you should not drive or perform any task until you can see clearly again.

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