levocabastine - ophthalmic, Livostin (cont.)
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.
SIDE EFFECTS: Temporary eye stinging/redness/burning/discomfort may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.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.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: 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.
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