What is this medication for?
Levobunolol belongs to the family of medications called beta-blockers. They work by reducing the production of fluid in the eye. Levobunolol eye drops are used to decrease eye pressure, most often for people with glaucoma.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you are not sure why you are using this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Akbeta® by Akorn is available as:
Some medications may have other generic brands available. Always ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safety of switching between brands of the same medication.
How should I use this medication?
The recommended starting dose of levobunolol 0.5% solution is 1 to 2 drops once daily in the affected eye(s). The usual dose of levobunolol 0.25% solution is 1 to 2 drops twice daily in the affected eye(s). The dose may be increased to 1 drop of levobunolol 0.5% twice a day if necessary. Doses greater than this have not been found to be any more effective. This medication is for use in the eye only.
Prevent the tip of the eye dropper from touching anything (to avoid contamination) and put the cap back on the bottle after use. Eye solutions, if handled improperly, can become contaminated by common bacteria known to cause eye infections. Serious damage to the eye and loss of vision may result from using contaminated solutions.
If more than one type of eye drop is being used, the different eye drops should be administered at least 10 minutes apart. If you wear contact lenses, you should remove them prior to instilling levobunolol. They may be reinserted after 15 minutes.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
If you miss a dose, instill it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not instill a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature. Prevent this medication from freezing, from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not use this medication if you:
- are allergic to levobunolol or any ingredients of the medication
- have asthma or a history of asthma or severe chronic obstructive pulmonary
disease (e.g., chronic bronchitis or emphysema)
- have certain abnormal heart rhythms or low heart rate
- have overt heart failure
- have severe heart damage