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Livostin Side Effects

Generic name: levocabastine ophthalmic

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jan 5, 2023.

Note: This document contains side effect information about levocabastine ophthalmic. Some dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Livostin.

Applies to levocabastine ophthalmic: ophthalmic suspension.

Serious side effects of Livostin

Along with its needed effects, levocabastine ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Livostin) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur while taking levocabastine ophthalmic:

Less common


Other side effects of Livostin

Some side effects of levocabastine ophthalmic may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.

Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

Less common

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to levocabastine ophthalmic: ophthalmic suspension.


In general, levocabastine is very well tolerated with minimal adverse effects. Most studies have indicated that the percent of adverse reactions with levocabastine occur with similar frequency on placebo. Local mild, transient stinging and burning appear to be the most common adverse effect occurring in approximately 25% of patients. Adverse effects do not appear to be dose-related.[Ref]

Nervous system

Nervous system adverse effects have included headache (5%), dry mouth, fatigue, and somnolence.[Ref]


Ocular side effects have included stinging, burning, visual disturbances, eye pain, eye dryness, red eyes, eyelid edema, lacrimation, and eye discharge.[Ref]


Gastrointestinal side effects have included nausea.[Ref]


Respiratory side effects have included dyspnea, pharyngitis, and cough.[Ref]


Dermatologic side effects have included rash and erythema.[Ref]


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4. Knight A (1994) "The role of levocabastine in the treatment of allergic rhinoconjunctivitis." Br J Clin Pract, 48, p. 139-43

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Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.