Livostin Eye Drops

(levocabastine eye drops)


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.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than the ones listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. 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.

side effects

Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.

The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who uses this medication. If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with your doctor.

The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people using this medication. Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.

Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.

eye irritation, including burning or stinging of the eyes
Although most of the side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not seek medical attention.

Stop using the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:

symptoms of a severe allergic reaction such as hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the mouth or throat
very painful, watery, bloodshot eyes with sensitivity to light
Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are using this medication.

Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.

Contact lenses: Levocabastine eye drops contain the preservative benzalkonium chloride, which can build up in soft contact lenses and cause cornea irritation. Do not wear soft contact lenses while using this medication.

Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while using this medication, contact your doctor immediately.

Breast-feeding: It is not known if levocabastine passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are using this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.

Children: The safety and effectiveness of using this medication have not been established for children under the age of 12 years.

Seniors: The safety and effectiveness of using this medication have not been established for people older than 65 years of age.