Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
Allergies: This medication should be used with caution by anyone with
a known allergy to other beta-blockers (e.g., metoprolol,
Medical conditions: This medication belongs to the family of medications
known as beta-blockers. Although levobunolol is given as an eye drop,
small amounts may be absorbed into the bloodstream. For this reason, it should
not be used by anyone who must avoid internal use of beta-blockers. This includes
those with abnormally low heart rate, certain abnormal
heart rhythms, uncontrolled congestive
heart failure, asthma, or severe
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Sulfites: This product contains sodium metabisulfite, a sulfite that
may cause allergic-type reactions, including anaphylaxis, in certain susceptible
people. Sulfite sensitivity is seen more frequently in those with asthma.
Pregnancy: This medication has not been studied for use by pregnant
women. It should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefits outweigh
the potential risks.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if levobunolol passes into breast milk.
Related medications have been shown to pass into breast milk. Talk to your doctor
about breast-feeding while using levobunolol.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of this medication have not
been established for use by children.