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(levobunolol hydrochloride) Ophthalmic Solution USP with C Cap® Compliance Cap
BETAGAN® (levobunolol hydrochloride ophthalmic solution USP) sterile is a noncardioselective beta-adrenoceptor blocking agent for ophthalmic use.
CHEMICAL NAME: LevobunololHCl: (-)-5-[3-(tert-Butylamino)-2-hydroxypropoxy]-3,4-dihydro-1(2H)-naphthalenone hydrochloride.
STRUCTURAL FORMULA: Levobunolol HCl
Active: levobunolol HCl 0.25% or 0.5%.
Preservative: benzalkonium chloride (0.004%).
Inactives: polyvinyl alcohol1.4%; edetate disodium; sodium metabisulfite; sodium phosphate, dibasic; potassium phosphate, monobasic; sodium chloride; hydrochloric acid or sodium hydroxide to adjust the pH; and purified water.
What are the possible side effects of levobunolol ophthalmic (Akbeta, Betagan, Levobunolol)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- severe swelling, itching, burning, redness, pain, or discomfort in or around your eye;
- drainage, crusting, or oozing of your eyes or eyelids;
- bronchospasm (wheezing, chest tightness, trouble breathing);
- slow heart rate, weak pulse, fainting, slow...
What are the precautions when taking levobunolol (Betagan)?
Before using levobunolol, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other beta-blockers (e.g., timolol, metipranolol); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients (such as preservatives like benzalkonium chloride, sulfites), which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: 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...
Last reviewed on RxList: 10/20/2008
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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