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Betaxon Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is levobetaxolol ophthalmic (Betaxon)?
- What are the possible side effects of levobetaxolol ophthalmic (Betaxon)?
- What is the most important information I should know about levobetaxolol ophthalmic (Betaxon)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using levobetaxolol ophthalmic (Betaxon)?
- How should I use levobetaxolol ophthalmic (Betaxon)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Betaxon)?
- What happens if I overdose (Betaxon)?
- What should I avoid while using levobetaxolol ophthalmic (Betaxon)?
- What other drugs will affect levobetaxolol ophthalmic (Betaxon)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using levobetaxolol ophthalmic (Betaxon)?
Before using levobetaxolol ophthalmic, tell your doctor if you have
- asthma or a chronic lung disease;
- a very slow heart rate;
- heart disease such as high blood pressure, heart failure, or heart block;
- a muscle weakness disease;
- diabetes; or
- an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism).
You may not be able to use levobetaxolol ophthalmic, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.
Levobetaxolol ophthalmic is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether levobetaxolol ophthalmic will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not use this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether levobetaxolol ophthalmic passes into breast milk. Do not use levobetaxolol ophthalmic without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I use levobetaxolol ophthalmic (Betaxon)?
Use levobetaxolol ophthalmic eyedrops exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
Wash your hands before using the eyedrops.
If you wear contact lenses, remove them before applying levobetaxolol ophthalmic. Ask your doctor if contact lenses can be reinserted after application of the medication.
Shake the eyedrops before use.
To apply the eyedrops:
- Tilt the head back slightly and pull down on the lower eyelid. Position the dropper above the eye. Look up and away from the dropper. Squeeze out a drop and close the eye. Apply gentle pressure to the inside corner of the eye (near the nose) for about 1 minute to prevent the liquid from draining down the tear duct. If you are using more than 1 drop in the same eye, repeat the process with about 5 minutes between drops. Repeat the process in the other eye if needed.
Do not touch the dropper to any surface, including the eyes or hands. The dropper is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in the eye.
Do not use any eyedrop that is discolored or has particles in it.
Store levobetaxolol ophthalmic at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle properly capped and protect it from light.
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