What is Xalatan?Xalatan is an eye drop for high pressure within the eye, also called intraocular pressure (IOP), in people with open-angle glaucoma.
What is the most important information I should know about Xalatan?Xalatan may darken the color of your iris (colored part of the eye), eyelid, and eyelashes. Xalatan may also cause permanent brown pigmentation of the iris or increase the growth or change the direction of growth of your eyelashes and small hairs around your eye. If you stop using Xalatan, the discoloration of your eyelids or eyelashes is reversible; however the discoloration of the iris is most likely permanent. If you notice any discoloration or changes in these areas of the eye, inform your doctor so that you can be appropriately monitored.
When using Xalatan, do not allow the tip of the bottle to touch your eye, fingers, or any other surface, as serious eye infections may occur if your bottle becomes contaminated. You should contact your doctor immediately if you experience any eye injury, infection, or eyelid reactions before continuing to use Xalatan.
Who should not take Xalatan?You should not use Xalatan if you have a known allergic reaction to latanoprost, benzalkonium chloride, or any other ingredients in this product.
If you have a history of eye swelling or have swollen eyes ask you doctor if Xalatan is appropriate for you.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Xalatan?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Xalatan. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have had eye surgery or other eye disorders.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults: The usual dose is 1 drop in the affected eye(s) once daily in the evening.
How should I take Xalatan?Apply the directed number of drops in the affected eye(s) in the evening. Remove contact lenses prior to administration; lenses may be reinserted after 15 minutes.
Do not let the tip of the applicator touch the eye and avoid contamination of the applicator tip.
To apply the drop(s): 1) Wash your hands with soap and water; 2) Look toward the ceiling with both eyes open; 3) Pull your lower lid down--steady your hand on your forehead; 4) Put a drop of medicine in the sac behind the lashes of the lower lid; 5) Try to keep your eyes closed for 1 minute after applying the drops to obtain the maximum benefit.
What should I avoid while taking Xalatan?Avoid simultaneously applying Xalatan with any other eye medication. If you are taking an additional eye medication, separate the administration of one from the other by at least 5 minutes.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Xalatan?If Xalatan is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered, and should be discussed with your doctor. Mixing certain thimerosol-containing eye drops with Xalatan may be harmful. Check with your doctor when using more than one eye drop; if such drugs are used, they should be administered at least 5 minutes apart.
What are the possible side effects of Xalatan?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: changes in the color of the iris, eyelids, and texture of eyelashes; eye inflammation; increased fluid in certain parts of the eye(s)
Speak to your doctor immediately if you develop an eye infection.
Can I receive Xalatan if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Xalatan during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Xalatan?If you forget to use Xalatan, do not take two doses at once. Skip the dose you missed and then return to your normal dosing schedule.
How should I store Xalatan?Xalatan should be protected from light, and unopened bottles should be stored in the refrigerator. Once opened Xalatan may be stored at room temperature for up to 6 weeks.
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