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Travoprost

Travoprost

Why is this medication prescribed?

Travoprost ophthalmic is used to treat glaucoma (a condition in which increased pressure in the eye can lead to gradual loss of vision) and ocular hypertension (a condition which causes increased pressure in the eye). Travoprost is in a class of medications called prostaglandin analogs. It lowers pressure in the eye by increasing the flow of natural eye fluids out of the eye.

Uses

Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start using travoprost and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.Apply this medication in the affected eye(s)as directed by your doctor, usually once a day in the evening. Do not use travoprost more often because it will not work as well.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.Remove contact lenses before using this medication if your brand contains the preservative benzalkonium chloride. This preservative can be absorbed by contact lenses. Wait at least 15 minutes after using this medication before putting your lenses back in.

How to Take?

  • For the eye only.
  • Wash your hands before and after use.
  • Take out contact lenses before using travoprost. Lenses may be put back in 15 minutes after travoprost is given. Do not put contacts back in if your eyes are irritated or infected.
  • Do not touch the container tip to the eye, lid, or other skin.
  • Tilt your head back and drop drug into the eye.
  • After use, keep your eyes closed. Put pressure on the inside corner of the eye. Do this for 1 to 2 minutes. This keeps the drug in your eye.
  • Blot extra solution from the eyelid.

Travoprost Ophthalmic Interactions

Avoid using too much of this medication, which can actually make it less effective in lowering the pressure inside the eye.Avoid using any eyedrop medicine that has not been prescribed by your doctor.There may be other drugs that can affect travoprost ophthalmic. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.

Dosages

  • ophthalmic solution:0.004%
  • Open-Angle Glaucoma:Instill 1 gtt in affected eye qDay

What do I do if I miss a dose?

Use a missed dose as soon as you think about it.If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.Do not use 2 doses or extra doses.

Precaution

Your eye doctor will want to examine your eyes at regular visits to make sure that this medicine is working properly and is not causing unwanted effects.This medicine may cause the iris (colored part), eyelid, or eyelashes of your treated eye to turn brown. Your eyelashes may also become longer, thicker, and darker. Some of these changes may be permanent even if you stop using travoprost. Check with your doctor if you have any questions about this.Check with your doctor right away if you have an eye injury, eye infection, or plan to have eye surgery.

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