Betaxon

DRUG DESCRIPTION

BETAXON™ (levobetaxolol hydrochloride ophthalmic suspension) 0.5% contains levobetaxolol hydrochloride, a cardioselective beta-adrenergic receptor blocking agent, in a sterile resin suspension formulation. Levobetaxolol hydrochloride is a white, crystalline powder with a molecular weight of 343.89. The specific rotation is:

[?]25°C/589nm -19.67°(c=20 mg/mL; methanol)

The chemical structure is:

BETAXON (levobetaxolol hydrochloride) Structural Formula Illustration

Empirical Formula: C18H29NO3•HCl

Chemical Name: (S)-1-[p-[2-(cyclopropylemethoxy)ethyl]phenoxy]3-(isopropylamino)-2-propanol hydrochloride.

Each mL of BETAXON™ (levobetaxolol hydrochloride ophthalmic suspension) 0.5% contains: Active: levobetaxolol HCl 5.6 mg equivalent to 5.0 mg of levobetaxolol free base. Preservative: benzalkonium chloride 0.01%. Inactives: mannitol, poly(styrene-divinyl benzene) sulfonic acid, Carbomer 974P, boric acid, N-lauroylsarcosine, edetate disodium, hydrochloric acid or tromethamine (to adjust pH) and purified water. It has a pH of 5.5 to 7.5 and an osmolality of 260 to 340 mOsm per kg.

What are the possible side effects of levobetaxolol ophthalmic (Betaxon)?

If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop using levobetaxolol ophthalmic and seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately:

  • an allergic reaction (swelling of the lips, face, or tongue; difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; or hives);
  • an asthma attack (shortness of breath, wheezing); or
  • irregular, fast, or slow heartbeats or changes in blood pressure.

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to use...

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Betaxon Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Betaxon

Generic Name: levobetaxolol ophthalmic (Pronunciation: lee voe bay TAX oh lol)

  • 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 is levobetaxolol ophthalmic (Betaxon)?

Levobetaxolol is in a class of drugs called beta-blockers. Levobetaxolol ophthalmic reduces pressure inside the eye.

Levobetaxolol ophthalmic is used to treat glaucoma or increased pressure in the eye.

Levobetaxolol ophthalmic may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of levobetaxolol ophthalmic (Betaxon)?

If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop using levobetaxolol ophthalmic and seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately:

  • an allergic reaction (swelling of the lips, face, or tongue; difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; or hives);
  • an asthma attack (shortness of breath, wheezing); or
  • irregular, fast, or slow heartbeats or changes in blood pressure.

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to use levobetaxolol ophthalmic and talk to your doctor if you experience

  • eye burning or stinging;
  • blurred vision;
  • anxiety;
  • dizziness; or
  • upset stomach.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What is the most important information I should know about levobetaxolol ophthalmic (Betaxon)?

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.

Apply light pressure to the inside corner of the eye (near the nose) after each drop to prevent the fluid from draining down the tear duct.

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