What is Latanoprost (Xalatan) used for?
Latanoprost ophthalmic solution is prescribed to manage pressure in the eye caused by open angle Glaucoma and ocular hypertension. High pressure in the eye can lead to permanent damage, loss of vision and potentially blindness if left untreated.
Fluids regularly flow in and outside of the eye as part of its regular, healthy process. Some conditions prevent liquids from leaving the eye causing pressure. Latanoprost helps to regulate healthy flow of liquids and can help to prevent worsening symptoms.
This can be used to treat other conditions. If you are unsure why you are taking latanoprost contact your doctor to learn what it is treating.
Do not share prescription medication with others if they have similar symptoms. This may not be an effective treatment and cause adverse reactions if not recommended by their doctor.
Pregnant women should check with their doctor before using Latanoprost to make sure it is safe for unborn children.
Frequently Asked Questions About Latanoprost
Before using Latanoprost eye drops, carefully read the drug information provided with the medicine. Your doctor should also provide instructions. If you are unsure how to use Latanoprost, contact a doctor or pharmacist as proper use yields the best results.
It is usually applied to the affected eye once daily unless advised otherwise by your doctor. If you wear contact lenses remove them before using latanoprost and for 15 minutes after your dose. Soft contact lenses can absorb the solution. If you are taking other eye medications, wait at least 15 minutes before applying a different medication.
Wash your hands with water before handing and do not touch the dropper with your hands. Do not allow it to touch other surfaces or make contact with your eye to avoid contamination. The dropper does not need to be washed, simply put it back when done. Store in room temperature, out of reach of children and animals, when not in use.
The following drugs are known to interact with Latanoprost. This is not an exhaustive list of all possible drug interactions. It is important to disclose all your current medications (including prescription medications) and dietary supplements, vitamins and herbs with your doctor to prevent allergic reactions or adverse interactions. They may have to determine if the interaction is worth the benefit of using both drugs or if your therapeutic plan needs to be changed.
- tafluprost ophthalmic
- bimatoprost topical
- travoprost ophthalmic
- bimatoprost ophthalmic
- latanoprostene bunod ophthalmic
- unoprostone ophthalmic
Latanoprost Has known side effects. This is not a complete list and includes frequently reported adverse events. If you experience any signs and symptoms of serious side effects when taking Estradot Patch, talk to your doctor or emergency care.
Report side effects with Latanoprost to your doctor. If you find them unmanageable call your doctor or pharmacist for medical advice about side effects.
- longer and thicker eyelashes
- sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
- swelling or redness of the eye and the lining of the eyelid
- discharge, excessive tearing
- Drainage from the eyes
- joint or muscle pain
- Darkening of the eyelid skin color
- fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
- chest pain or discomfort
- sensitivity of the eye to light
- Eye pain or stinging
- red skin lesions, often with a purple center
- Arm, back, or jaw pain
- blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
- chest tightness or heaviness
- Eyelash discoloration
- blurred vision or other change in vision
- sore throat
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- burning, dry, or itching eyes
- painful irritation of the clear front part of the eye
- feeling of having something in the eye
- Decreased vision
- noisy breathing
- difficulty breathing
DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace the medical advice provided by a certified medical professional. Any prescription drug use needs to be approved by your doctor. Do not avoid or ignore any advice provided by your physician in favor of what is written here. Always consult with a pharmacist or doctor before taking this medication and seek counselling if you have any questions or concerns about your medication.