Timolol eye drops side effects

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My Dr just put me on Timolol eye drops, a beta blocker type.  I have a headache & extreme tiredness, unsteady gait.  Has anyone else experienced this.  

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    Yes, Timolol is one of the worst of many. Tell your doctor to switch to Betaxalol and Travatan. You will see the difference and your eye pressure will drop dramatically.
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    I haven't experienced those symptoms. Do you practice punctual occlusion? That will help from getting too much in your bloodstream.

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    I have been using Timolol for four years with no known side affects until possibly now.

    I had 6 episodes of fainting/flush feeling on Thursday morning - all within 6 hours.  Finally went to a clinic.  BP was fine, blood sugar was fine, CBC showed nothing wrong with blood, no dehydration, even a clear EKG.  Doctor did ask about the Timolol and mentioned the beta-blocker getting into the bloodstream.

    I have an appointment scheduled with my opthamologist in a week and a full physical in three weeks.  Is it really possible these episodes were a side effect of TImolol?

    I've never figured out how to block the tear duct before inserting the eye drop.  Does that really help?

    Thank you

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    Does Timolol cause double vision; plus I have heavy tearing in one eye
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      I have been using Latanaprost, Timolol, and Dorzolomide (all separate drops) for 4 years.  I was diagnosed with glaucoma at 50 and have blindness in the bottom left quardrant of the left eye.  Stopping a drop without finding an alternative drop or treatment does not seem to be a good option based on the rapid vision loss I had without drops.

      I have not noticed double vision.  I am seeing my opthamologist and surgeon in a week to address my recent bout with fainting spells.  Some say it could be related to beta-blockers (TImolol) as other medical issues seem to be ruled out (ekg, blood sugar, blood pressure, hydration all ok).

      I have been thankful for the drops in controlling pressure as the thought of early blindness is frightening.  However, I am trying to be sensitive to possible side-effects that are affecting quality of life.

      You may want to check with your doctor.  I have switched drops in the past based on allergies.

      Hope the double vision clears up.

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