Xalatan is an ophthalmic solution that is administered directly to the eyes. The generic name for Xalatan is Latanoprost. This is a prescription only medicine which only comes with a doctor"s prescription. Xalatan is designed similar to natural chemicals in the body and works by regulating the flow of fluid within the eyes.
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Doctors recommend Xalatan use for the control of eye pressure. Xalatan is used for the treatment of high pressure in the eyes, known as IOP or intra ocular pressure for patients with a condition known as ocular hypertension or open angle glaucoma. The doctor has to examine a patient first to determine whether they need to use Xalatan for their condition.
Xalatan may also be used to treat other conditions not listed here. It helps reduce eye pressure by replacing the fluid that flows out of the eye. Lowering pressure in the eyes helps prevent blindness.
- reduce intraocular pressure
- treats glaucoma
Xalatan dosage is dependent on the individual that it is being administered to. The following dosage is an average dose and could differ among individuals. Follow your medical professional"s directions for best results.
Xalatan ophthalmic solution comes prepared at 50 g/ml and 2.5ml. It should be kept at room temperature with ranges between 15 to 30 C.
- The recommended dose is usually one drop in the affected eye or eyes once every day, usually in the evening.
If one Xalatan dose is missed, patient should proceed with the dose as usual but should not try to make up for the missed dose. Xalatan dosage should not exceed one eye drop per affected eye(s) per day. Patients are advised to use Xalatan exactly as directed by the physician. Use of Xalatan should not stop and dose should not change without express authority of a doctor. Patients should expect to notice a difference in the eye pressure within 3 to 4 hours after Xalatan administration. Maximum relief should be attained within a period of 8 to 12 hours.
Xalatan Side Effects
Doctors prescribe Xalatan because they understand the benefits it provides to patients. While some side effects are possible, most patients experience few if any mild to moderate Xalatan side effects. Any serious side effects and any allergic reaction to Xalatan should be reported to the doctor at once for immediate attention. Some of the known Xalatan side effects include the following;
- blurred vision or stinging
- burning itchy sensation in the eyes
- feeling like there is something is the eyes
- changes to the length, color and number of eyelashes
- increased sensitivity to light
- dry eye
- crusting on eyelid
- flu-like symptoms
Patients should notify the doctor if mild or moderate side effects do not go away after a while or if they experience serious Xalatan side effects and allergic reactions. Patients also need to check the Xalatan label for any ingredients they may have an allergy to.
Drug interactions affect the way a drug works and may alter the results. Xalatan interactions may render it ineffective. It is important for patients to keep a list of all products and medicines, including herbal, prescription and non-prescription medicine they are currently using. This list should be shared with the prescribing doctor so they check for any possible drug interactions. Doctors and pharmacists are aware of any possible Xalatan interactions and will monitor the patient for these.
- Mixing eye drops containing thimerosal with Xalatan is prohibited because of expected adverse effects. Xalatan should not be used together with other prostaglandin eye drops as this may reduce the effectiveness of the Xalatan and even increase eye pressure.