Eye Drops and Nasal Spray
Consumer Medicine Information
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living in Australia. This page contains answers to some common
. It does
not contain all the information that is known about
. It does not take the
place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist. All medicines have risks
and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risk of you using this medicine
against the benefits he/she expects it will have for you. If you have
any concerns about using this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
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What LIVOSTIN is used for
LIVOSTIN eye drops are used to relieve watery, itchy or red eyes caused by allergies.
LIVOSTIN nasal spray is used to relieve runny nose or irritation of the nose caused by allergies.
LIVOSTIN contains levocabastine which belongs to a group of medicine called antihistamines. It provides rapid and long lasting
relief for symptoms of allergy. It works by blocking the effect of histamine which is a chemical released by the body that
causes most of the symptoms.
Your doctor may have prescribed LIVOSTIN for another use. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine
has been prescribed for you.
Before you use LIVOSTIN
When you must not use it
Do not use LIVOSTIN if
you have an allergy to LIVOSTIN or any of the ingredients. See Product Description at the end of this leaflet for a list
if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering
beyond the expiry date (month and year) printed on the pack.
Before you start to use it
You must tell your doctor if
you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
you are breast feeding or wish to breastfeed.
you have or have ever had kidney disease.
you wear soft contact lenses. As with all eye drops containing benzalkonium chloride, you are advised not to wear soft contact
lenses while being treated with LIVOSTIN eye drops.
There is limited experience of use of LIVOSTIN in children under 6 years of age. Ask your doctor for further information
if you have any questions on the use of this medicine in children.
If you have not told your doctor or pharmacist about any of the above, tell them before you start using LIVOSTIN.
Your doctor will advise you whether or not to use LIVOSTIN or if you need to adjust the dose or adapt your treatment.
Taking other medicines:
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking other medicines, including medicines you can buy without a prescription from
a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Effects on driving and operating machinery
LIVOSTIN does not usually affect alertness or concentration. However, should you feel drowsy be careful while driving or
Effects of alcohol
At the usual dose, LIVOSTIN nasal spray does not usually increase the effect of alcohol.
How much to use
Eye drops -
Adults and children: the usual dose is 1 drop of LIVOSTIN eye drops in each eye, twice daily. The dose may be increased to
1 drop 3 or 4 times daily.
Nasal Spray -
Adults and children: the usual dose is 2 sprays of LIVOSTIN nasal spray in each nostril, twice daily. The dose may be increased
to 2 sprays 3 or 4 times daily.
How to use LIVOSTIN eye drops
You may find it easier to put eye drops in your eye while you are sitting or lying down.
Shake the bottle well before removing the cap. To open a new bottle, twist off the plastic protective cap and the seal will
Hold the bottle upside down in one hand between your thumb and index finger. Using your other hand, gently pull down your
lower eyelid to form a pouch.
Tilt your head back and look up.
Put the tip of the bottle close to your eye. Do not let it touch your eye.
Release one drop onto your eye by gently squeezing the bottle. Close your eye. Do not blink or rub your eye.
While your eye is closed, apply gentle pressure for a few minutes with your fingers to the bridge of your nose to prevent
medication from being drained from the eye.
Repeat the above steps for the other eye.
Place the cap on the bottle and close it tightly.
How to use LIVOSTIN nasal spray
Place your index and middle fingers on the white collar of the bottle. Hold the bottle upright by placing your thumb at the
bottom of the bottle.
For each new bottle of LIVOSTIN nasal spray, remove the cap and press the white collar of the spray downwards once or twice
until a fine spray appears in the air.
Gently blow your nose to clear the nostrils.
Shake the bottle well and remove the cap.
Lean your head slightly forward. Keep one nostril tightly closed. Insert the nozzle into the other nostril.
Press the white collar down to release each spray. Breathe in through the same nostril between each spray.
Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the other nostril.
After use, wipe the nozzle with a tissue and replace the cap.
If you do not understand the instructions provided with this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.
If you forget to use it
Use your dose as soon as you remember, and then continue to use it as you would normally.
If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and use your next dose when you are meant to.
Do not use a double dose to make up for the one you missed.
If you have missed more than one dose, or are not sure what to do, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
If you have trouble remembering when to use your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints.
If you have used too much (overdose)
Immediately telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre for advice, or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest
Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need medical attention.
Poisons Information Centre telephone numbers:
Australia: 13 11 26
New Zealand: (03) 474 7000
Keep these telephone numbers handy.
In the meantime, the best thing to do is to drink a lot of water.
If, by accident, you use or drink a whole bottle of LIVOSTIN, you may feel drowsy.
While you are using LIVOSTIN
Things you must do
Always follow your doctor's instructions carefully.
Tell your doctor if you become pregnant while using LIVOSTIN.
If you are about to start taking a new medicine, tell your doctor and pharmacist that you are using LIVOSTIN.
Things you must not do
Do not use LIVOSTIN to treat any other complaint unless your doctor says so.
Do not give this medicine to anyone else, even if their symptoms seem similar to yours.
All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical treatment
if you get some side effects. Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
Tell your doctor if you experience any of the following:
Slight irritation to your eyes e.g. eye pain, itching, burning or redness of the eyes, conjunctivitis, swelling of the eye,
inflammation of the eyelid, watery eyes
Slight irritation to your nose e.g. nasal congestion, nasal discomfort
allergic reaction (swelling of the lips and tongue)
abnormally fast heartbeats
a general feeling of being unwell
Rarely, allergic reactions may occur. Should this happen discuss the matter with your doctor or pharmacist.
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some people. Tell your doctor if you notice any other effects.
After using LIVOSTIN
Keep LIVOSTIN in a cool, dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C.
Do not store LIVOSTIN or any medicines in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave medicines in the car or on window sills.
Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep your medicines where young children cannot reach them. A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres (1.5m) above
the ground is a good place to store medicines.
Discard LIVOSTIN eye drops one month after the date of first opening. If your doctor tells you to stop using LIVOSTIN, or
your medicine has passed its expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any medicine which may be left over.
What it looks like
LIVOSTIN eye drops contains 4 mL of liquid in a 5 mL volume plastic bottle. LIVOSTIN nasal spray contains 10 mL of liquid
in a 15 mL volume plastic bottle.
contains levocabastine 0.5 milligrams per millilitre.
The eye drops also contain propylene glycol, polysorbate 80, sodium phosphate dibasic, sodium phosphate monobasic, hypromellose,
water and benzalkonium chloride, disodium edetate as preservatives.
The nasal spray also contains propylene glycol, polysorbate 80, sodium phosphate dibasic, sodium phosphate monobasic, hypromellose,
water and benzalkonium chloride, disodium edetate as preservatives.
Johnson & Johnson Pacific
45 Jones Street,
Ultimo NSW 2007
For further information call our toll free info lines:
AUS: 1800 029 979
NZ: 0800 446 147
This leaflet was prepared in January 2009