Brinzolamide Actavis 10 Mg/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 using this medicine because it contains important information for you.

•    Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.

•    If you have any further questions, ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.

•    This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their signs of illness are the same as yours.

•    If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet.

See section 4.

•    The full name of this medicine is Brinzolamide 10mg/ml Eye Drops, Suspension but within the leaflet it will be referred to as Brinzolamide Eye Drops.

What is in this leaflet

^ What Brinzolamide Eye Drops are and what they are used for

^ What you need to know before you use Brinzolamide Eye Drops

^ How to use Brinzolamide Eye Drops

4| Possible side effects

T| How to store Brinzolamide Eye Drops

6| Contents of the pack and other information

^ What Brinzolamide Eye Drops are and what they are used for

Brinzolamide Eye Drops contain 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.

Other medicines and Brinzolamide Eye Drops

Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.

If you are taking another carbonic anhydrase inhibitor (acetazolamide or dorzolamide, see section 1, What Brinzolamide Eye Drops are and what they are used for), talk to your doctor.

Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility

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 Eye Drops treatment. The use of Brinzolamide Eye Drops is not recommended during pregnancy or breast-feeding. Do not use Brinzolamide Eye Drops 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 you use Brinzolamide Eye Drops.

Brinzolamide Eye Drops may impair the ability to perform tasks requiring mental alertness and/or physical coordination. If affected, take care when driving or using machines.

Brinzolamide Eye Drops contain benzalkonium chloride

Brinzolamide Eye Drops contain a preservative (benzalkonium chloride) which may cause eye irritation and is known to discolour soft contact lenses. Contact with soft contact lenses is to be avoided.

If you wear contact lenses you should remove them prior to application of Brinzolamide Eye Drops and wait at least 15 minutes after instillation of the dose before putting your lenses back in.

^ What you need to know before you use Brinzolamide Eye Drops

Do not use Brinzolamide Eye Drops:

•    if you have severe kidney problems

•    if you are allergic to brinzolamide or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6)

•    if you are allergic to medicines called sulfonamides. Examples include medicines used to treat diabetes and infections and also diuretics (water tablets). Brinzolamide Eye Drops may cause the same allergy

•    if you have too much acidity in your blood (a condition called hyperchloraemic acidosis).

If you have further questions, ask your doctor for advice.

Warnings and precautions

Talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse before using Brinzolamide Eye Drops

•    if you have kidney or liver problems

•    if you have dry eyes or cornea problems

•    if you are taking other sulfonamide medicines.

Children and adolescents

Brinzolamide Eye Drops are not to be used by infants, children or adolescents under 18 years of age unless advised by your doctor.

^ How to use Brinzolamide Eye Drops

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 Eye Drops 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 Eye Drops in both eyes if your doctor told you to. Use it for as long as your doctor told you to.

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•    Get the Brinzolamide Eye Drops bottle and a mirror.

•    Wash your hands.

•    Shake the bottle and twist off the cap. After the cap is removed, if the tamper evident snap collar is loose, remove before using the product.

•    Hold the bottle, pointing down, between your thumb and forefinger.

•    Tilt your head back. Pull down your eyelid with a clean finger, until there is a 'pocket' between the eyelid and your eye. The drop will go in here (picture 1).

•    Bring the bottle tip close to the eye. Use the mirror if it helps.

   Do not touch your eye or eyelid, surrounding areas or other surfaces with the dropper. It could infect the drops (picture 2).

•    Gently squeeze the bottle to release one drop at a time.

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•    After using Brinzolamide Eye Drops, press a finger to the corner of your eye, by the nose (picture 3). This helps to stop Brinzolamide Eye Drops getting into the rest of the body.

•    If you take drops in both eyes, repeat the steps for your other eye.

•    Put the bottle cap back on firmly immediately after use.

•    Use up one bottle before opening the next bottle.

If a drop misses your eye, try again.

If you are using other eye drops,

leave at least 5 minutes between putting in Brinzolamide Eye Drops and the other drops. Eye ointments should be administered last.

If you use more Brinzolamide Eye Drops 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 Eye Drops

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 Eye Drops

If you stop using Brinzolamide Eye Drops without speaking to your doctor, the pressure in your eye will not be controlled which could lead to loss of sight.

4| Possible side effects

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everyone gets them.

The following side effects have been seen with Brinzolamide Eye Drops.

Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)

•    Effects in the eye: blurred vision, eye irritation, eye pain, eye discharge, itchy eye, dry eye, abnormal eye sensation, redness of the eye.

•    General side effects: bad taste.

Uncommon side effects (may affect up to 1 to 100 people)

•    Effects in the eye: sensitivity to light, inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva, eye swelling, eyelid itching, redness or swelling, growth on surface of eye, increased pigmentation of the eye, tired eyes, eyelid crusting or increased tear production.

•    General side effects: decreased or reduced heart function, palpitations, decreased heart rate, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, cough, decreased red blood cell count in blood, increased chlorine level in blood, dizziness, drowsiness, difficulty with memory, depression, nervousness, generalised weakness, fatigue, feeling abnormal, pain, shaking, decreased sex drive, male sexual difficulty, cold symptoms, chest congestion, sinus infection, throat irritation, throat pain, abnormal or decreased sensation in mouth, inflammation of the lining of the oesophagus, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, frequent bowel movements, diarrhoea, intestinal gas, digestive disorder, kidney pain, muscle pain, muscle spasms, back pain, nose bleeds, runny nose, stuffy nose, sneezing, rash, abnormal skin sensation, itching, headache, dry mouth.

Rare side effects (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people)

   Effects in the eye: corneal swelling, double or reduced vision, abnormal vision, decreased eye sensation, swelling around the eye, increased pressure in eye, damage to the optic nerve.

   General side effects: memory impairment, drowsiness, chest pain, upper respiratory tract congestion, sinus congestion, nasal congestion, dry nose, ringing in ears, hair loss, generalised itching, feeling jittery, irritability, irregular heart rate, body weakness, difficulty sleeping.

Not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data)

•    Effects in the eye: eyelid abnormality, visual disturbance, corneal disorder, eye allergy, decreased growth or number of eyelashes.

•    General side effects: increased allergic symptoms, decreased sensation, tremor, loss or decrease in taste, decreased blood pressure, increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, joint pain, asthma, pain in extremity, skin redness, inflammation, or itching, abnormal liver blood tests, swelling of the extremities, frequent urination, decreased appetite.

Reporting of side effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme Website:

By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

T| How to store Brinzolamide Eye Drops

Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.

Do not use this medicine 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 a bottle four weeks after you first opened it, to prevent infections.

Write down the date you opened each bottle in the space below and 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 Eye Drops contain

The active substance is brinzolamide 10mg/ml.

The other ingredients are:

benzalkonium chloride, carbomer 974P, disodium edetate, mannitol (E421), purified water, sodium chloride. Tiny amounts of hydrochloric acid or sodium hydroxide are added to keep pH levels normal.

What Brinzolamide Eye Drops look like and the contents of the pack

Brinzolamide Eye Drops is a white to off-white liquid (a suspension) supplied in a pack containing a 5ml plastic bottle with a screw cap, tamper evident snap collar and insert dropper.

Marketing Authorization Holder

Actavis Group PTC ehf.

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This leaflet was last revised in August 2015.

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