Xalatan (Latanoprost)

What is Xalatan?

Xalatan is a revolutionary ophthalmic remedy that is applied in order to decrease the blood pressure inside the eye. The active component of the remedy, Latanoprost, advances the fluid amount that drains from the eye. As a result, its effective formula helps balance the pressure and treat certain related conditions. Xalatan is widely used to improve the symptoms of glaucoma and other devastating complications provoked by boosted eye pressure.


Recommendations for Use

Once you have decided to undergo Latanoprost treatment course, you should start with doctor’s consultation. Prescription and safety instructions are inevitable during Xalatan treatment course, as it helps to get an optimal dose, length of the therapy and other peculiarities. Never take the drug in higher or lower doses than advised, neither more often. Applying Xalatan while wearing contact lenses, you risk getting them discolored. A patient should wait over 15 minutes before taking them again after Latanoprost use.

Take the medication in the exact dose recommended by the physician. Wash your hands carefully primarily to the application. Never use the drops for longer than 6 weeks after you have opened the bottle. Do not apply the remedy to injures areas. Ask your healthcare provider about other specifications of Xalatan administration.

Precautions and Contraindications

Latanoprost promotes a drastic impact on the body that can be either positive or negative. To eliminate the risk of possible complications and side effects, a patient should start the therapy after doctor’s prescription. Do not take Xalatan if you are sensitive to Latanoprost or similar pharmaceuticals. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid the drug intake, since its influence on the child’s health is not completely known. Xalatan therapy may result in gradual change of the eyelid or eye color. Such change may remain even after you finish the treatment course. Provide your doctor with all the details of your general health condition to prevent such complications and other abnormalities.

Drug Interactions

Irrespective of the high safety level guaranteed by Xalatan, the medication should not be taken together with other drugs, unless recommended by the doctor. So, it is inevitable to consult a healthcare provider before combining Latanoprost with other generic or prescription drugs, minerals, herbal supplements, vitamins and other pharmaceutical products. Xalatan should never be taken simultaneously with other medications containing Latanoprost as an active ingredient. Besides, Prostaglandin and Prostaglandins should be avoided during Xalatan therapy. Ask your physician about other possible interactions and their consequences.

Side Effects

Following the safety instructions is an inevitable condition of safe Xalatan treatment course. Otherwise, a patient may misuse or overuse the drug, activating devastating side effects. Contact the nearest emergency room in case the medication administration has resulted in hives, breathing complications, itching, swelling and other symptoms of allergic reactions. Stop the medication intake and call your doctor immediately if you have noticed any abnormalities, including angina, eye discharge or oozing, vision impairments, advanced sensitivity to light, pain, etc. Among minor Xalatan reactions are watery or dry eyes, headache, sneezing, coughing, burning in the eye and others. These symptoms will disappear in the route of the treatment course.