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Are Your Eye Drops Lowering Your Heart Rate?

Q. Can glaucoma eye drops lower heart rate? Ever since I started using timolol I haven’t been able to reach my target heart rate when I exercise.

A. Timolol (Timoptic) is a beta blocker, which means it can slow heart rate whether taken orally or as eye drops.

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Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.”.
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