Betagan Eye Drops (Levobunolol HCL)
What is Betagan Eye Drops (Levobunolol HCL) used for?
Betagan Eye Drops (Levobunolol HCL) is an ophthalmic beta-blocker used to treat patients who are suffering from open angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension. The solution operates by maintaining a continuous flow of fluid into and out of the eyeball to reduce elevated pressure. This can prevent vision problems, pain, or damage to the optic nerve. Your physician may also prescribe it to treat other conditions that are not listed here.
How should I use Betagan Eye Drops (Levobunolol HCL)?
Betagan Eye Drops (Levobunolol HCL) should be used according to your physician's instructions to get the most effective results. It is normally administered once daily, but your particular instructions may differ depending on the condition being treated, your health, and the severity of your symptoms. Shake the bottle gently before each use to mix its contents. Tilt your head back slightly, pull down the lower lid of the eye being treated, hold the bottle over the eye, and dispense one drop into the pouch that is formed. Slowly close the eye to spread the medicine over the surface of the eye and keep it closed for ten seconds to allow it to be absorbed. Never allow the tip of the bottle to touch any foreign surfaces, including the surface of the eye, as this may cause contamination. Ask your physician any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Betagan Eye Drops (Levobunolol HCL)?
Some patients using Betagan Eye Drops (Levobunolol HCL) have reported experiencing side effects such as:
More serious side effects that may require medical assistance are trouble breathing, swelling, weight gain, severe skin rash, slowed heart rate, severe swelling, severe discomfort, crusting, or discharge from the eye. Tell your physician about any symptoms that are worrying or intense so that the correct adjustments can be made to your regimen to prevent further complications.
Always remove your contact lenses prior to using Betagan Eye Drops (Levobunolol) to avoid unexpected complications. Do not begin using this medication if you are breastfeeding or have a history of asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, sino-atrial heart block, sick sinus syndrome, sinus bradycardia, uncontrolled heart failure, or cardiogenic shock. Also disclose if you have psoriasis, myasthenia gravis, diabetes, hypoglycemia, an overactive thyroid, depression, heart disease, angina, first degree heart block, peripheral arterial disorders, hypotension, a tumor affecting the adrenal gland, chronic eye inflammation, decreased liver function, or decreased kidney function. These conditions may require reduced dosages or other adjustments to your regimen to prevent potential health problems from appearing.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Betagan Eye Drops (Levobunolol). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.