Livostin Eye Drops
levocabastine eye drops
In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02131625 ||LIVOSTIN EYE DROPS 0.5MG/ML|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
June 27, 2011
Livostin Eye Drops is no longer being manufactured for sale in Canada. This article is being kept available for reference purposes only. If you are using this medication, speak with your doctor or pharmacist for information about your treatment options.
Levocabastine belongs to the class of medications called antihistamines, specifically the class known as histamine receptor antagonists. Levocabastine eye drops are used to relieve irritation, redness, and itching of the eye associated with seasonal allergies. It works by blocking the actions of histamine, one of the substances released in the body that cause allergy symptoms. This medication will start to work to relieve eye allergy symptoms within 10 to 15 minutes of being used.
This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are being given 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.
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How should I use this medication?
The recommended dose for children (over 12 years old) and adults (up to 65 years old) is one drop instilled in each eye twice daily. If necessary, your doctor may recommend that the dose be increased to one drop in each eye 3 to 4 times daily. If no improvement occurs within 3 days, contact your doctor. Shake the eye drop bottle well each time before use.
Do not use a bottle of eye drops for longer than one month after opening. After this time, discard the remaining solution. Avoid touching the dropper tip to any surface including your eye and fingers, since this may contaminate the solution.
Wash your hands thoroughly before and after using the drops. To instill the drops, tilt your head back and gently pull your lower lid down. Then carefully squeeze out 1 drop into each eye while looking up toward your forehead. Close your eyes gently for a few moments. If you are not sure how to use the drops, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
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 on 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 and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Livostin Eye Drops is no longer being manufactured for sale in Canada and is no longer available under any brand names. This article is being kept available for reference purposes only. If you are using this medication, speak with your doctor or pharmacist for information about your treatment options.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not use this medication if you are
- allergic to levocabastine or any ingredients of the medication.