Latanoprost Eye Drop

Latanoprost is used for the reduction of elevated intraocular pressure in glaucoma.

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​​What is this medication used for

Latanoprost is used for the reduction of elevated intraocular pressure in glaucoma.

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Dosage and How to Use​​

Instil 1 drop into the affected eye(s) once daily at night or as directed by your doctor.

Follow these steps when administering eye drops.​

  1. Wash your hands.
     
  2. Open the bottle. Do not touch the tip after opening the bottle.
     
  3. Lean your head back
     
  4. Pull down your lower eyelid with your finger and hold the bottle in your other hand.
     
  5. Squeeze the bottle so that one drop falls into the eye.
     
  6. Close your eyes and press the tip of one finger against the corner of the eye for around 1-2 minutes. This will prevent the drop from running through the tear duct into your throat and most of the drop will remain in the eye. Do not blink, rub, wipe or squeeze the eye.
     
  7. Close the bottle after use.
     
  8. Repeat the process in your other eye if you have been asked to use the drops in both eyes.
     
  9. If you are administering more than one type of eye drop at the same instance, space each eye drop at least 5 minutes apart. Consult your doctor or pharmacist on the sequence of use for each eye drop.
     
  10. If you are using contact lenses, re-insert them into the eyes at least 15 minutes after using the eye drops. ​​

Missed a Dose ​​​   

Use it as soon as you remember. However if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and administer the next dose at the usual time. Do not double or increase the dose without your doctor’s advice. If you have missed several doses, please contact your doctor or pharmacist to check what you should do.

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Side Effects, Precautions, Contraindication​​​

What possible side effects may it cause?​

Common side effects include 

  • Eye irritation 
  • Blurred eyesight 
  • Burning, stinging sensation 
  • Eyelash growth 
  • Foreign body sensation of the eye

This drug may cause eyelash changes like dark eyelashes, thickness, or more eyelashes. Most of the time, these changes go back to normal after this drug is stopped.

What precautions should I take?​​​

Inform your doctor if you are allergic to any other medicines, or if you develop an allergy while taking this medicine. The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following: swollen face/eyes/lips, difficulty in breathing or widespread itchy skin rashes.

Caution: it may permanently change pigmentation of the iris, eyelid skin and eyelashes. It may increase length, thickness and number of eyelashes.

Remove contact lens prior to instillation.

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Handling and Stora​ge

Store unopened bottles of this medication in a refrigerator between 2 to 8 degrees Celsius.

Once the bottle has been opened, it can be kept at room temperature up to 25 degrees Celsius away from moisture, heat and direct sunlight.

Once opened, discard any unused part after 1 month.

Keep this medication out of reach of children.

​​Additional Information  

Class of drugs/Indication/Disease​

Anti-glaucoma eye preparation/Eye-pressure lowering eye drop/Glaucoma

Generic name of medication​​

Latanoprost

Associated brand names (if any)​

Xalatan®

Dosage form(s) a​vailable

Eye drop

Amount of active ingredient

0.005%

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