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Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
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.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Read the Betagan (levobunolol) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
PRECAUTIONS: 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 (e.g., cardiogenic shock, severe heart failure).
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially 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).
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication.
This drug may make you dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit alcoholic beverages.
If you have diabetes, this product may mask the fast/pounding heartbeat you would usually feel when your blood sugar level falls too low (hypoglycemia). Other symptoms of a low blood sugar level, such as dizziness/sweating, are unaffected by this drug.
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
It is not known if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
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You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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