Dorzolamide, generic of Trusopt
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Dorzolamide is one of a number of topical medications used to treat glaucoma. This drug belongs to a class of drugs called carbonic anhydrase inhibitors (CAI) which decreases the amount of fluid made within the eye by inhibiting the enzyme carbonic anhydrase, which is important in the production of aqueous humor. Dorzolamide has been introduced relatively recently and has not been extensively studied in animals. This drug is not approved for use in animals by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but it is prescribed legally by veterinarians as an extra-label drug.
Who's Dorzolamide For?
- Has potentially beneficial effects in the treatment of many forms of glaucoma in dogs
- Also believed to have beneficial effects in the treatment of glaucoma in cats but has not been extensively studied cats.
- Dorzolamide and other topical CAIs were developed in an attempt to avoid the potentially serious side effects induced with the oral forms of the CAIs, and so far these topical solutions have been very well tolerated
Side Effects and Warnings
- Dorzolamide should not be used in animals with known hypersensitivity or allergy to the drug
- It should not be administered to any animal with a known hypersensitivity to other sulfonamides.
- The drug has been known to cause some local eye discomfort, such as stinging, as well as inflammation of the eyelids. Dorzolamide may interact with other medications. Consult your veterinarian to determine if other drugs your pet is receiving could interact with dorzolamide
- The likelihood of side effects, including metabolic acidosis and excessive loss of potassium may occur when used with other forms of CAIs, so their combined use has been discouraged
- Consult your veterinarian regarding any allergies your pet may have, and any other side effects of this medication
Use as directed by your veterinarian