MTW NHS Trust West Kent CCG

Drug Status Key

  • Preferred
  • Second Line
  • Third Line
  • Specialist Initiation
  • Hospital Only
  • Not Approved for Formulary

Beta-adrenoceptor blockers

Important safety information (for all beta-blockers)

The CSM has advised that all betablockers including those with cardioselectivity should not be used in patients with asthma or obstructive airways disease unless no other treatment is available. In such cases the risk of inducing bronchospasm should be appreciated and appropriate precautions taken.

Systemic absorption can follow topical application and contraindications are therefore asthma, bradycardia and congestive heart failure. This applies to all topical beta-blockers.

Timolol eye drops are also available in preservative-free units (Tiopex®) and as a long-acting gel.

Pack Price
5 ml £3.33
Pack Price
5 ml £2.25
Pack Price
3 ml £3.12
Pack Price
3 ml £3.12

Preservative free eye gel

Pack Price
30 unit dose (3 x 10 x 0.4g unit doses) £7.49