LATAMOLOL can be used in adult men and women (including the elderly), but is not recommended for use if the patient is less than 18 years of age.
Before using this medicine, tell the doctor if the patient has now or has had in the past: coronary heart disease (symptoms can include chest pain or tightness, breathlessness or choking), heart failure, low blood pressure; disturbances of heart rate such as slow heartbeat; breathing problems, asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; poor blood circulation disease (such as Raynaud's disease or Raynaud's syndrome); diabetes as timolol may mask signs and symptoms of low blood sugar; overactivity of the thyroid gland as timolol may mask signs and symptoms; the patient is about to have any kind of eye surgery (including cataract surgery) or has had any kind of eye surgery in the past; the patient suffers from eye problems (such as eye pain, eye irritation, eye inflammation or blurred vision); the patient knows that they suffer from dry eyes; the patient wears contact lenses. The patient can still use LATAMOLOL but follow the instructions for contact lens wearers in Dosage & Administration; the patient knows that they suffer from angina (particularly a type known as Prinzmetal angina); the patient knows that they suffer from severe allergic reactions that would usually require hospital treatment; the patient has suffered or is currently suffering from a viral infection of the eye caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV).
Tell the doctor before the patient has an operation that they are using LATAMOLOL as timolol may change effects of some medicines used during anaesthesia.
LATAMOLOL contains benzalkonium chloride: LATAMOLOL contains a preservative called benzalkonium chloride. This preservative may cause eye irritation or disruption to the surface of the eye. It can be absorbed by contact lenses and is known to discolour soft contact lenses. Therefore, avoid contact with soft contact lenses.
See the instructions for contact lens wearers in Dosage & Administration.
Driving and using machines: When the patient uses LATAMOLOL their vision may become blurred for a short time. If this happens to the patient, do not drive or use any tools or machines until the vision becomes clear again.