Xalatan is a medication used to treat high pressure inside the eye due to certain eye conditions such as open-angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension. It belongs to a class of drugs known as prostaglandin analogues. The active ingredient in Xalatan is latanoprost, which works by decreasing the pressure in the eye by increasing the flow of fluid out of the eye.
Xalatan is available as ophthalmic solution and is usually administered as one drop in the affected eye(s) once daily in the evening. It is available only with a doctor’s prescription. Before using Xalatan, it is important to inform your doctor if you have any allergies or medical conditions, as well as if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
When Not to Take Xalatan
Xalatan should not be taken if you are allergic to latanoprost or any other ingredients in the medication. Inform your doctor about any known or suspected allergies before using Xalatan. It is also important to let your doctor know about any medical conditions you have, especially if you have experienced any eye infections or eye surgery in the past. Xalatan may not be suitable for individuals with certain eye conditions, such as uveitis or iritis.
If you are using other eye medications, make sure to inform your doctor as Xalatan may interact with other medications. Additionally, Xalatan is not recommended for use in children under the age of 18 years.
Xalatan and Your Health
As with any medication, Xalatan may cause certain side effects. Common side effects of Xalatan include redness, itching, or swelling of the eye or eyelid, blurred vision, feeling like something is in your eye, or changes in the color of the iris or eyelashes. These side effects are usually temporary and should improve over time. However, if any of these side effects persist or worsen, it is important to contact your doctor.
In rare cases, Xalatan may cause more serious side effects such as eye pain, vision changes, or increased sensitivity to light. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention. It is also possible for Xalatan to cause darkening of the skin around the eye, increased growth or thickness of your eyelashes, or darkening of your iris. These side effects are generally not harmful but should be reported to your doctor.
How to Use
To use Xalatan, wash your hands thoroughly before handling the medication. Tilt your head back slightly and pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket. Hold the dropper directly over your eye and gently squeeze one drop into the pocket. Close your eyes for 1 to 2 minutes and gently press your finger to the corner of your eye to prevent the liquid from draining into your tear duct.
If you are using other eye drops, wait at least 5 minutes before applying them after using Xalatan. It is important to use Xalatan regularly to get the most benefit from it. If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
In case of an overdose, it is important to seek emergency medical attention. Overdose may cause symptoms such as severe eye irritation, inflammation, or other eye problems. If you suspect an overdose, contact a poison control center or go to the nearest emergency room.
Xalatan and Other Medications
Xalatan may interact with other medications, including other eye drops, ointments, or medications used to treat glaucoma. Inform your doctor about all the medications you are currently using, including prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal products. Your doctor will be able to determine if any interactions may occur and adjust your treatment plan accordingly.
Xalatan: Inquiry and Response
- Q: Can I use Xalatan while wearing contact lenses?
- Q: How long does it take for Xalatan to work?
- Q: Can Xalatan be used during pregnancy?
- Q: Can Xalatan be used while breastfeeding?
- Q: Can Xalatan be used in children?
A: Xalatan should be administered before inserting contact lenses. Wait at least 15 minutes after using Xalatan before inserting your contact lenses. You may reinsert your contact lenses 5 minutes after using Xalatan.
A: Xalatan may start working within a few hours to several weeks. It is important to use Xalatan as prescribed by your doctor and continue your regular eye care routine while using this medication.
A: Xalatan should only be used during pregnancy if the potential benefits outweigh the potential risks to the fetus. Consult your doctor before using Xalatan if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
A: It is unknown if Xalatan passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before using Xalatan if you are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed.
A: Xalatan is not recommended for use in children under the age of 18 years. Please consult your pediatrician for alternative treatments.