LEVOBUNOLOL - Watsons Health

LEVOBUNOLOL

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Betagan

GENERIC NAME(S): LEVOBUNOLOL HCL

 

Description: Levobunolol is a nonselective β-adrenergic blocking agent that causes the reduction of intraocular pressure by decreasing the production of aqueous humour.

Onset: W/in 1 hr.

Duration: Up to 24 hr.

Pharmacokinetics:

Absorption: Some absorbed systematically.

This medication is a beta blocker and works by decreasing the amount of fluid production within the eye. It treats high pressure inside the eye due to glaucoma (open-angle type) or other eye diseases (e.g., ocular hypertension). It can used alone or with other medications.

 

How to use levobunolol ophthalmic

To apply eye drops, wash your hands first. To avoid contamination, do not touch the dropper tip or let it touch your eye or any other surface.

 

If you are wearing contact lenses, remove them before using eye drops. Wait at least 15 minutes before replacing your contact lenses.

 

Tilt your head back, look upward, and pull down the lower eyelid to make a pouch. Hold the dropper directly over your eye and place one drop into the pouch, usually once or twice daily or as directed by your doctor. Look downward and gently close your eyes for 1 to 2 minutes. Place one finger at the corner of your eye (near the nose) and apply gentle pressure. This will prevent the medication from draining out. Try not to blink and do not rub your eye. Repeat these steps for your other eye if so directed or if your dose is for more than 1 drop.

 

Do not rinse the dropper. Replace the dropper cap after each use.

 

If you are using another kind of eye medication (e.g., drops or ointments), wait at least 5 to 10 minutes before using the other medications. Use eye drops before eye ointments to allow the eye drops to enter the eye.

 

Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time(s) each day. It is important to continue using this medication even if you feel well. Most people with glaucoma or high pressure in the eyes do not feel sick.

Notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly if any of these effects persist or worsen:

 

  • Temporary burning/stinging of the eye
  • itchy/red eyes
  • headache
  • dizziness

 

 

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur:

 

  • eye pain/swelling/discharge
  • reduced feeling in eye
  • slow/irregular heartbeat
  • muscle weakness
  • hair loss
  • mental/mood changes
  • vision changes
  • tiredness
  • swelling of the ankles/feet
  • sudden/unexplained weight gain

 

 

Seek immediate medical attention if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur:

 

  • trouble breathing
  • chest pain
  • weakness on one side of the body
  • slurred speech
  • confusion

 

 

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include:

 

  • Rash
  • itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat)
  • severe dizziness
  • trouble breathing

 

 

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

    • Allergic reaction to this medication
    • Patients with certain medical conditions such as:
      • severe breathing problems (e.g., asthma or a history of asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD)
      • certain types of heart rhythm problems (e.g., sinus bradycardia, second- or third-degree atrioventricular block)
      • certain serious heart conditions (e.g., cardiogenic shock, severe heart failure)
    • Patients with medical history of:
    • lung disease (e.g., bronchitis, emphysema)
    • diabetes
    • heart failure (treated, stable type)
    • blood circulation problems (e.g., cerebrovascular insufficiency)
    • overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
    • muscle weakness disorders (e.g., myasthenia gravis)
    • Tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication before having surgery
    • This drug may make you dizzy
    • May mask the fast/pounding heartbeat shem when your blood sugar level falls too low (hypoglycemia)
    • This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy.
    • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding

    Consult your doctor regarding the precautions mentioned above.

     

     

    Interactions:

     

    Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of:

    • Digoxin
    • drugs for high blood pressure
    • epinephrine
    • fingolimod
    • phenothiazines (e.g., prochlorperazine)

     

    This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.

    • This medicine may be harmful if swallowed. If swallowing or overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately.Notes

      Do not share this medication with others.

       

      Laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g., eye exams) should be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects. Consult your doctor for more details.

       

      Missed Dose

      If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

       

      Storage

      Store at room temperature between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.

       

      Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.

       

      Brands:

       

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