Alternatives to Lumigan Eye Drops for Glaucoma?

November 18, 2011

Where can I find a list of FDA-approved eye drops for glaucoma?

I was using Lumigan, which my primary insurance covered, but my secondary would not cover the remainder, roughly an extra 40 dollars a month. I was then switched to Timolol. I do not like it as I have to use it twice a day and it burns. I also feel light headed and very tired. Is this normal? I do not take any other medications. I will follow up with my Dr. next week to check to see if the pressure is still being controlled. It was 32 and reduced to 23 with Lumigan. But due to cost and what my insurance would not cover, I had to switch.

Any feed back would be greatly appreciated.




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2 Responses to “Alternatives to Lumigan Eye Drops for Glaucoma?”

  1. ari on November 18th, 2011 1:08 pm

    timoptic can definitely make you lightheaded and tired. try putting pressure on the inside of the bridge of your nose for a few minutes to reduce absorption into the blood.
    better advice- why not switch to xalatan (generic) or travatan, which are nearly identical to lumigan, and xalatan generic almost certainly is covered.

  2. Derek MacDonald on November 19th, 2011 9:31 am

    Agreed – systemic absorption of Timoptic (a beta blocker) can slow your pulse, reduce your blood pressure, induce fatigue, even impact breathing – closing your eyes for a minute or two after instilling the drop can reduce the amount that enters your tear drainage system, some of which gets absorbed into your circulation. I’d certainly stick with the prostaglandin class of drugs – most effective and fewest side effects, by far.

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