Latanoprost drops Details
Treating increased pressure in the eye (ocular hypertension) and open-angle glaucoma.Latanoprost drops are a prostaglandin analog. It works to lower pressure in the eye by increasing fluid drainage from the eye.
Do NOT use latanoprost drops if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in latanoprost drops
- you have a herpes infection of the eye
- you are using another medicine like this one (eg, bimatoprost)
Before using latanoprost drops:
Some medical conditions may interact with latanoprost drops. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
if you have swelling, infection, or injury of the eye
if you have a history of inflammation in the eye (eg, iritis, uveitis) or a herpes infection of the eye
if you do not have a lens in your eye or have had the lens in your eye replaced
if you have other types of glaucoma (eg, narrow-angle, neovascular)
if you will be having eye surgery
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with latanoprost drops. However, no specific interactions with latanoprost drops are known at this time.
Ask your health care provider if latanoprost drops may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use latanoprost drops:
Use latanoprost drops as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Use latanoprost drops in the evening unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
Soft contact lenses may absorb a chemical in latanoprost drops. Remove contact lenses before you use latanoprost drops; lenses may be placed back in the eyes 15 minutes after use of latanoprost drops.
Wash your hands before and after using latanoprost drops.
Tilt your head back. Using your index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch. Drop the medicine into the pouch and gently close your eyes. Immediately use your finger to apply pressure to the inside corner of the eyelid for 1 to 2 minutes. Do not blink. Remove excess medicine around your eye with a clean, dry tissue, being careful not to touch your eye. Wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them.
To prevent germs from contaminating your medicine, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface, including the eye. Keep the container tightly closed.
Use latanoprost drops at least 5 minutes apart from any other medicine that you put in your eye, especially eye drops that contain thimerosal.
Continue to use latanoprost drops even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
If you miss a dose of latanoprost drops, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.
Important safety information:
Latanoprost drops are for use in the eye only. Do not get it in your nose or mouth.
Latanoprost drops may cause blurred vision or make your eyes more sensitive to light. Use latanoprost drops with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it. If your eyes become sensitive to light, wearing sunglasses may help.
Latanoprost drops may cause the colored part of your eye (iris) to turn brown. This change may be permanent. It may not be noticeable for several months to years. If it occurs, you will need to have regular eye examinations. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
Latanoprost drops may cause your eyelids to darken. It may also cause changes in the way that your eyelashes grow (eg, length, thickness, number of lashes). These effects usually go away after you stop using latanoprost drops. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using latanoprost drops while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use latanoprost drops, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.