How are eye drops used in the treatment of infantile hemangiomas?

Updated: Feb 06, 2019
  • Author: Richard J Antaya, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Timolol eye drops have become a widely used off-label medication for the treatment of infantile hemangiomas. Most experience exists with timolol 0.5% gel or solution; however, other concentrations and vehicles appear effective. Use is primarily limited to superficial hemangiomas, and several studies have found it to be safe and effective for these lesions. [87] It should be used with caution when treating ulcerated infantile hemangiomas, because timolol is a more potent beta-blocker than propranolol and systemic absorption may result in adverse reactions.


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