levocabastine - ophthalmic, Livostin
GENERIC NAME: LEVOCABASTINE - OPHTHALMIC (lee-voh-cab-AST-een)
BRAND NAME(S): Livostin
USES: Levocabastine is used to relieve allergy symptoms in the eyes such as itching/redness, watery eyes, and eyelid swelling due to seasonal allergies. Levocabastine is an antihistamine. It works by blocking a certain natural substance (histamine) that causes allergy symptoms.Do not use this medication to treat red or irritated eyes due to wearing contact lenses. Ask your doctor for further instructions if this occurs.
HOW TO USE: If you are using another kind of eye medication (such as drops or ointments), wait at least 5-10 minutes between applying each medication. Use eye drops before eye ointments to allow the drops to enter the eye.To apply eye medication, wash your hands first. To avoid contamination, do not touch the dropper tip or let it touch your eye or any other surface. Use in the eyes only. Do not swallow.If you are wearing contact lenses, remove them before using eye drops. Wait at least 15 minutes before replacing your contact lenses. If you wear soft contact lenses, your doctor may direct you not to wear them until your levocabastine treatment is finished. Check with your doctor before you begin using them again.To apply levocabastine, shake the bottle before each use. Tilt your head back, look upward, and pull down the lower eyelid to make a pouch. Hold the dropper directly over your eye and place one drop into the pouch as directed by your doctor. Look downward, gently close your eyes, and place one finger at the corner of your eye (near the nose). Apply gentle pressure for 1 to 2 minutes before opening your eyes. This will prevent the medication from draining out. Try not to blink or rub your eye. Repeat these steps if your dose is for more than one drop. If directed to use this medication in both eyes, repeat these steps for your other eye.Do not rinse the dropper. Replace the dropper cap after each use.Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Apply as often as directed by your doctor, usually 1 drop in each eye twice a day. Your doctor may direct you to use this medication as often as 3 to 4 times a day. Follow your doctor's directions carefully.Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same times each day.Do not use this bottle more than 1 month after first opening it or if it becomes contaminated. Use of contaminated eye medication can cause infection, serious damage to the eye, and loss of vision.Tell your doctor if your symptoms persist or worsen after 3 days.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/24/2012
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