Betaxon Side Effects
Generic Name: levobetaxolol ophthalmic
Note: This document contains side effect information about levobetaxolol ophthalmic. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Betaxon.
Applies to levobetaxolol ophthalmic: ophthalmic suspension
Although systemic adverse events have been only infrequently reported, levobetaxolol ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Betaxon) drops may be absorbed systemically and side effects similar to systemically administered beta-blockers such as severe respiratory or cardiac reactions have been experienced.[Ref]
Respiratory side effects have been related to the ability of levobetaxolol to inhibit bronchodilation, which may be important in some patients with reversible airway disease, including asthma or severe obstructive lung disease. Asthmatic attacks, bronchospasm, pulmonary distress, bronchitis, dyspnea, pharyngitis, pneumonia, rhinitis, and sinusitis have been reported.[Ref]
Endocrine side effects have included diabetes and hypothyroidism in less than 2% of patients, and thyrotoxicosis.[Ref]
Other side effects that have been attributed to levobetaxolol ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Betaxon) have included accidental injury, ear pain, otitis media, tinnitus, and infection in less than 2% of patients.[Ref]
Ocular side effects have included transient discomfort and pain after instillation (11%), transient blurred vision (2%), cataracts (<2%), and vitreous disorders (<2%).[Ref]
1. "Product Information. Betaxon (levobetaxolol ophthalmic)" Alza, Palo Alto, CA.
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