Betaxon Side Effects
Generic Name: levobetaxolol ophthalmic
Note: This page contains information about the side effects of levobetaxolol ophthalmic. Some of the dosage forms included on this document 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]
Cardiovascular side effects have included bradycardia, heart block, hypotension, hypertension, tachycardia, and vascular anomaly in less than 2% of patients.[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]
Gastrointestinal side effects have included constipation and dyspepsia in less than 2% of patients.[Ref]
Endocrine side effects have included diabetes and hypothyroidism in less than 2% of patients, and thyrotoxicosis.[Ref]
Metabolic side effects have included gout, hypercholesterolemia, and hyperlipidemia in less than 2% of patients.[Ref]
Musculoskeletal side effects have included arthritis, tendonitis, and exacerbation of myasthenia gravis in less than 2% of patients.[Ref]
Dermatologic side effects have included alopecia, dermatitis, and psoriasis in less than 2% of patients.[Ref]
Nervous system side effects have included dizziness, anxiety, hypertonia, and vertigo in less than 2% of patients.[Ref]
Genitourinary side effects have included breast abscess and cystitis in less than 2% of patients.[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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