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Side Effects Of Latanoprost

Side Effects Of Latanoprost


Latanoprost is used to treat high pressure inside the eye due to glaucoma (open angle type) or other eye diseases (e.g., ocular hypertension). It is similar to a natural chemical in the body (prostaglandin) and works by regulating the flow of fluid within the eye which results in lower pressure. Lowering high pressure inside the eye helps to prevent blindness.

How to use Latanoprost Drops

Apply this medication in the affected eye(s) usually once daily in the evening, or as directed by your doctor. Do not use this medication more frequently than prescribed; using more can decrease effectiveness.

To apply eye drops, wash your hands first. To avoid contamination, do not touch the dropper tip or let it touch your eye or any other surface.

If you are wearing contact lenses, remove them before using this medication. Wait at least 15 minutes before replacing your contact lenses.

Tilt your head back, look upward, and pull down the lower eyelid to make a pouch. Hold the dropper directly over your eye and place one drop into the pouch. Look downward, gently close your eyes, and place one finger at the corner of your eye (near the nose). Apply gentle pressure for 1 to 2 minutes before opening your eyes.

Side effects:

  • Cough
  • difficulty breathing
  • noisy breathing
  • redness of eye or inside of eyelid
  • shortness of breath
  • swelling of the eye
  • tightness in chest
  • wheezing
  • Blurred vision, eye irritation, or tearing
  • darkening of eyelid skin color
  • increase in brown color in colored part of eye
  • longer, thicker, and darker eyelashes

Important warnings

Darkening of your eyes and lashes: This drug can darken the color of your eye or change it from a light color to brown. It can also cause the skin around your eye to darken. It may cause your eyelashes to grow longer, thicker, and darker in color. These changes often occur slowly, but they can be permanent. If you only use this drug in one eye, your eyes may look different from each other. Call your doctor if you have these changes.

Contact lenses: If you wear contact lenses, you should remove them from your eyes before using this drug. Wait at least 15 minutes after using your eye drops before you put your contacts in your eyes again.

Contamination of dropper tip and solution: Be careful not to let the dropper tip of the eye drops touch your eye, eyelids, or surrounding areas when giving yourself the medication. This could contaminate the dropper tip and the solution and lead to infection.

Eye problems: This drug may cause macular edema. In this condition, fluid builds up in your eye and causes it to swell. This can damage your vision. You’re at higher risk of this side effect if you have a history of macular edema or other eye problems.

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