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Betagan Medication - Uses & Side Effects

levobunolol ophthalmic
Pronunciation: lee voe BYOO noe lole
Brand: AK-Beta, Betagan

Betagan belongs to a group of medicines known as beta-blockers. It can lower the pressure from inside the eye in certain types of glaucoma.

Betagan Dosage

  • The usual starting dose is 1 or 2 drops of Betagan 0.5% in the affected eye(s) once a day.
  • For more severe glaucoma, then your doctor may have you use Betagan 0.5% twice a day.

Uses of Betagan

  • Betagan is used to treat glaucoma or high pressure in the eye.
  • Betagan may also be used for other medical conditions those are listed in this medication guide.

Side Effects of Betagan

Before taken Betagan medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor.  If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Betagan. Side effects may include:

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Drooping eyelids

Warnings and precautions before taking Betagan

  • You should not wear soft contact lenses while you are using this medicine. This it because the medicine contains a preservative that can be absorbed by soft contact lenses and cause eye irritation.
  • Do not use 2 or more beta-blocker eye medications at the same time.
  • Use Betagan cautiously if you have diminished lung function.
  • Do not use this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.
  • Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Betagan with certain other drugs, then it may be increased, decreased, or altered the effects of medicine. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Betagan with the following:

  • Calcium-blocking blood pressure medications such as Calan and Cardizem
  • Digitalis (the heart medication Lanoxin)
  • Epinephrine (Epifrin)
  • Oral beta blockers such as the blood pressure medications Inderal and Tenormin
  • Reserpine (Serpasil)
Overdose

After taken Betagan if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of a Betagan overdose may include:

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Slow heart rate
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Heart attack


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