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Intraocular pressure reduction of fixed combination timolol maleate 0.5% and dorzolamide 2% (Cosopt) administered three times a day

Authors Shemesh, Moisseiev E, Lazar, Kurtz

Received 29 January 2012

Accepted for publication 8 February 2012

Published 24 February 2012 Volume 2012:6 Pages 283—287


Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Gabi Shemesh*, Elad Moisseiev*, Moshe Lazar1, Shimon Kurtz

Department of Ophthalmology, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel; Affiliated to the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

*The first two authors contributed equally

Purpose: To evaluate the safety and efficacy in intraocular pressure (IOP) reduction of increasing Cosopt dosage from twice to three times a day.
Methods: The study included patients with primary open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension. After a washout period, IOP was measured at baseline, after 4 weeks of treatment with Cosopt twice a day, and after another 4 weeks of treatment with Cosopt three times a day. Blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen saturation levels were also recorded.
Results: Twenty-nine eyes of 29 patients were included. Increasing Cosopt dosage resulted in a statistically significant (P < 0.001) additional reduction in IOP of 2.2 ± 1.58 mmHg (10.69% ± 7.49% of the baseline IOP values). There were no local or systemic adverse effects.
Conclusion: Treatment with Cosopt three times a day was more effective in reducing IOP than twice a day, with no effect on safety.

Keywords: Cosopt, timolol, dorzolamide, glaucoma, intraocular pressure, dosage

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