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Latanoprost eye drops
What is this medicine?
LATANOPROST reduces pressure in the eye by increasing the amount of fluid that drains from the eye.
Latanoprost (for the eyes) is used to treat certain types of glaucoma and other causes of high pressure inside the eye.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
To make sure you can safely use Latanoprost, tell your doctor if you have swelling or infection of your eye.
Latanoprost may cause a gradual change in the color of your eyes or eyelids and lashes, as well as increased growth or thickness of your eyelashes. These color changes, usually an increase in brown pigment, occur slowly and you may not notice them for months or years. Color changes may be permanent even after your treatment ends, and may occur only in the eye being treated. This could result in a cosmetic difference in eye or eyelash color from one eye to the other.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether Latanoprost will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication. It is not known whether latanoprost passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use Latanoprost without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I take this medicine?
Do not use Latanoprost while wearing contact lenses. This medication may contain a preservative that can discolor soft contact lenses. Wait at least 15 minutes after using Latanoprost before putting your contact lenses in.
Use Latanoprost exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Wash your hands before using the Latanoprost eye drops.
To apply the eye drops:
Tilt your head back slightly and pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket. Hold the dropper above the eye with the tip down. Look up and away from the dropper as you squeeze out a drop, then close your eye.
Use only the number of drops your doctor has prescribed.
Gently press your finger to the inside corner of the eye (near your nose) for about 1 minute to keep the liquid from draining into your tear duct.
If you use more than one drop in the same eye, wait about 5 minutes before putting in the next drop.
Wait at least 10 minutes before using any other eye drops that your doctor has prescribed.
Do not allow the tip of the Latanoprost dropper to touch any surface, including your eyes or hands. If the dropper becomes contaminated it could cause an infection in your eye, which can lead to vision loss or serious damage to the eye. Tell your doctor right away if you have any eye injury or infection, or if you need to have any type of surgery, especially eye surgery. Do not use the eye drops if the liquid changes colors or has particles in it.
Store an unopened bottle of Latanoprost eye drops in a refrigerator. Once you have opened and begun using the drops, you may store them at room temperature, away from moisture, heat, and light. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
Do not use the Latanoprost eye drops if it has been longer than 6 weeks since you first opened the bottle. If you still need to use the medication, call your doctor for a new prescription.
What if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What should I watch for while taking this medicine?
Avoid using too much of Latanoprost, which can actually make it less effective in lowering the pressure inside the eye.
Do not use other eye medications unless your doctor tells you to.
What side effects may I notice from this medicine?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Latanoprost: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop using Latanoprost and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- redness, swelling, itching, or pain in or around your eye;
- oozing or discharge from your eye;
- increased sensitivity to light;
- vision changes; or
- chest pain.
Less serious Latanoprost side effects may include:
- cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat;
- headache, dizziness;
- mild eye discomfort;
- blurred vision;
- feeling like something is in your eye;
- dry or watery eyes; or
- stinging or burning of the eyes after using the drops.
What may interact with this medicine?
There may be other drugs that can interact with Latanoprost. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I keep my medicine?
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.