Betagan (Generic Levobunolol Ophthalmic)
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Why is this medication prescribed?
Glaucoma, a disorder in which elevated pressure in the eye can cause a gradual loss of vision, is treated with ophthalmic levobunolol. Levobunolol belongs to a group of drugs termed beta blockers. It operates by lowering the eye’s pressure.
How should this medicine be used?
Levobunolol for use in the eyes is available as a solution (liquid). Typically, levobunolol eye drops are administered once or twice daily. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Implement levobunolol eye drops exactly as instructed. Use these only as directed by your doctor, neither more nor less often.
Glaucoma cannot be cured, but levobunolol eye drops can manage it. Even if you feel better, continue to use levobunolol eye drops. Without consulting your doctor, do not stop using levobunolol eye drops.
Follow these steps to administer the eye drops:
- Use soap and water to thoroughly wash your hands.
- Make sure the dropper tip is not broken or chipped by inspecting it.
- Eye drops and droppers must be kept clean; avoid contacting the dropper tip to your eye or anything else.
- Pull your lower eyelid down to create a pocket with your index finger while cocking your head back.
- With your other hand, place the dropper as near to your eye as you can without touching it, tip down.
- Place the hand’s remaining fingers to your face.
- Squeeze the dropper gently while looking up so that a single drop falls into the lower eyelid’s pocket. Your index finger should be taken off the lower eyelid.
- Tip your head down so that you are looking at the floor while closing your eyes for two to three minutes. Avoid blinking or squeezing your eyelids.
- Give the tear duct a slight squeeze with your finger.
- Use a tissue to remove any extra liquid from your face.
- Wait at least 5 minutes before administering the subsequent drop if you need to use more than one in the same eye.
- Replace and secure the dropper bottle’s cap. Never rinse or clean the dropper tip.
- To get rid of any medication, wash your hands.
Other uses for this medicine
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you’re interested in using this drug for any other conditions.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before using levobunolol eye drops,
- If you have an allergy to levobunolol, any beta blockers, sulfites, or any other medications, let your doctor and pharmacist know right away.
- Inform your doctor and pharmacist about all prescription and over-the-counter medications you are taking, especially any vitamins and other eye medications. Also mention any beta blockers you may be taking, such as quinidine (Quinidex, Quinaglute Dura-Tabs), metoprolol (Lopressor), nadolol (Corgard), propranolol (Inderal), sotalol (Betapace), or timolol (Blocadren), as well
- Inform your doctor if you have diabetes, congestive heart failure, thyroid, heart, or lung problems now or ever had any of these conditions.
- Inform your doctor if you are expecting, intend to get pregnant, or are nursing a baby. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while using levobunolol eye drops.
- Inform the surgeon or dentist that you are using levobunolol eye drops if you are having surgery, including dental surgery.
- If you are using another topical eye medicine, apply it at least 10 minutes before to or following the application of levobunolol eye drops.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
The missed dose should be administered as soon as you remember. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not provide a second dose.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Side effects from levobunolol eye drops are possible. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:
- Eyes scorching or stinging
- Itchiness, redness, or discomfort in the eyes
- Inflammation of the eyelids
- Reduced vision
There could be some severe negative effects. Call your doctor right away and stop taking the eye drops if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Having trouble breathing
- Sluggish or unpredictable heartbeat
- Legs and feet swelling
- Unexpected weight gain
You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).
What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Store it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom).
As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning. http://www.upandaway.org
Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p for additional information.
What other information should I know?
Keep all of your doctor’s appointments. To determine how well you respond to levobunolol eye drops, your doctor will prescribe a number of eye exams.
Do not share your medication with anybody else. Any queries you may have regarding medication refills should be directed to your pharmacist.
You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.