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Timoptic XE (timolol) Eye Gel Drops

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This medication is in a class of medications called beta-blockers.  These gel drops are used to lower pressure in the eye for conditions such as glaucoma.  If the high pressure is not reduced, it could eventually damage your sight.

How to Use

  • Wash your hands.

  • Before using the medication for the first time, be sure the Safety Strip on the front of the bottle is unbroken.  A gap between the bottle and the cap is normal for an unopened bottle.

  • Tear off the Safety Strip to break the seal.

  • Invert the closed bottle and shake ONCE before each use. (It is not necessary to shake the bottle more than once.)

  • To open the bottle, unscrew the cap by turning as indicated by the arrows on the top of the cap. Do not pull the cap directly up and away from the bottle.  Pulling the cap directly up will prevent your dispenser from operating properly.

  • Tilt your head back and pull your lower eyelid down slightly to form a pocket between your eyelid and your eye. 

  • Invert the bottle and press lightly with the thumb or index finger over the “Finger Push Area” until a single drop is dispensed into the eye.

  • Do not let the dropper tip touch your eye or any other surface.

  • Press a finger into the corner of your eye, by the nose for 2 minutes.  This helps keep the medicine in your eye.

  • If drop dispensing is difficult after opening for the first time, replace the cap on the bottle and tighten slightly and then remove by turning the cap in the opposite directions as indicated by the arrows on the top of the cap.

  • Replace the cap by turning until it is firmly touching the bottle.  Do not overtighten or you may damage the bottle and cap.

  • If you are using another type of eye drop, the drops should be instilled at least 10 minutes apart.

Side Effects & Precautions

Eye itching, burning, stinging, dryness, redness, or the feeling of something being in your eye, visual changes, such as double vision. Your vision may be temporarily blurred for 30 seconds to 5 minutes immediately after use.  Make sure that your vision is clear before you drive a motor vehicle or operate machinery. 


  • Store at room temperature 

  • Protect from light and freezing

  • Keep out of reach and sight of children

  • Do not use it after the expiry date (the expiry date refers to the last day of that month)

This is for informational purposes only and does not substitute medical advice.  It is not a complete product summary and does not include a full list of side effects.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have or for any unexpected effects while using this product. 


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