Generic Name: levobunolol, Ophthalmic Solution

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Highlights for levobunolol

Ophthalmic Solution
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LEVOBUNOLOL (lee voe BYOO noe lole) is used in the eye to treat open-angle glaucoma and high pressure in the eye.
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Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any of these conditions.
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Know what to watch for and get tips for reducing your risks while taking this drug.
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levobunolol Side Effects

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Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • changes in blood sugar
  • cold hands or feet
  • difficulty breathing, wheezing
  • dizziness or fainting spells
  • irregular heartbeat, palpitations, chest pain
  • skin rash, itching, peeling skin
  • slow heart rate
  • swelling of the legs or ankles

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • blurred vision
  • burning stinging or itching of the eyes or eyelids
  • increased sensitivity of the eyes to light
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levobunolol May Interact with Other Medications

Ophthalmic Solution
  • digoxin
  • medicines for colds and breathing difficulties
  • medicines for high blood pressure
  • phenothiazines like chlorpromazine, mesoridazine, prochlorperazine, thioridazine

Do not use other eye products with this medicine without asking your doctor or health care professional.

Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs interact differently in each person, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible interactions. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always speak with your healthcare provider about possible interactions with all prescription drugs, vitamins, herbs and supplements, and over-the-counter drugs that you are taking.
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How to Use levobunolol

Ophthalmic Solution

This medicine is only for use in the eye. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash hands before and after use. Remove contact lenses. Shake well before use. Tilt your head back slightly and pull your lower eyelid down with your index finger to form a pouch. Try not to touch the tip of the dropper to your eye, fingertips, or any other surface. Squeeze the prescribed number of drops into the pouch. Close the eye for a few moments to spread the drops and apply gentle finger pressure to the inner corner of the eye for 1 to 2 minutes. Use your doses at regular intervals. Do not use your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop using except on the advice of your doctor or health care professional.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • diabetes
  • history of heart attack or heart disease
  • lung disease like asthma of emphysema
  • thyroid disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to levobunolol, other beta blockers, medicines, foods, dyes, sulfites, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding
What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Ask your doctor or health care professional if you should continue to use this medicine if you injure your eyes, get an eye infection, or need eye surgery.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that requires mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. To reduce the risk of dizzy or fainting spells, do not sit or stand up quickly.

If you wear contact lenses, ask your doctor or health care professional if you can wear your lenses while you are using this medicine.

Wear dark glasses if this medicine makes your eyes more sensitive to light.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Do not freeze. Protect from light. Throw away any unused solution after the expiration date.

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