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Why does latanoprost eye drops do?

Why does latanoprost eye drops do?

Decreases pressure: Latanaprost (marketed as xalatan) is a drop used for glaucoma patients to lower intraocular pressure. As a side effect, it also grows eye lashes and makes them darker (marketed as latisse).

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Latanoprost (Definition)

Latanoprost is the first pga that was approved for treatment of glaucoma and ocular hypertension. First released as Xalatan (latanoprost) but is now generic and there are 6 or 7 producers of it. A very potent agent for reducing pressure and has very few systemic side effects. Common ocular side effects include redness of eyes and skin, lash growth, occasional darkening of the iris ...Read more


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Why do latanoprost eye drops need to be stored in the fridge?

Why do latanoprost eye drops need to be stored in the fridge?

Not now: The original latanoprost required this as there was some evidence of degredation at room temperature, the current formula does not have this requirement.

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How good are Xalatan (latanoprost) eye drops for treating glaucoma?

How good are Xalatan (latanoprost) eye drops for treating glaucoma?

Common drop: Xalatan (latanoprost) is a very good and commonly used topical medication for glaucoma. It was the first medication and its class and now comes in generic form. It is used once daily typically at night and can be effective in lowering eye pressure. If being used one will need to continue follow-up care with an eye provider to make sure adequately lowering the eye pressure to the desired target.

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Xalatan (latanoprost) question - do I have to keep the eye drops at room temperature?

Xalatan (latanoprost) question - do I have to keep the eye drops at room temperature?

No: Latanoprost, the generic name for xalatan, must be refrigerated to avoid breakdown of the molecule. Xalatan, but not generic latanoprost, can be left at room temperature for up to a month. There has been a lot of issues with generic latanoprost; so this is a drug that you must insist in getting the name-brand.

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Hello, I am being treated as a glaucoma suspect as I have one symptom, using eye drops : Xalatan (latanoprost) from pfizer. I can see some black shadows now. Advice?

Hello, I am being treated as a glaucoma suspect as I have one symptom, using eye drops : Xalatan (latanoprost) from pfizer. I can see some black shadows now. Advice?

Black shadows: If this in in your vision it is unrelated to the drops. The best thing to do is have your eye doctor evaluate this. Does not sound sight threatening, just annoying!

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Is there any significance to the sequence in which I take eye drops for glaucoma? I use cospot, alphagan-p and xalatan (latanoprost). Thanks.

Is there any significance to the sequence in which I take eye drops for glaucoma? I use cospot, alphagan-p and xalatan (latanoprost). Thanks.

Yes: Your treating md will advise you, but a common practice is to use your cosopt™ and alphagan™ twice per day. You should wait at least 5' between eye drop instillation and also apply pressure to the inner corner of your eyelid for one minute. A twice/day regimen is ideally 12 hrs apart. Also, it does not matter the order. Xalatan™ is instilled generally close to bedtime by the same technique.

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Does latanoprost/timolol eye drops cause an allergic reaction?

Does latanoprost/timolol eye drops cause an allergic reaction?

Yes, but: Virtually any drug can cause an allergic rxn in susceptible people. Latanoprost can cause redness, blurred vision, burning and the sensation that something is "in your eye" (foreign body sensation) which you may perceive as an allergic rxn but these are actually side effects.

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I've been taking Dorzolamide and Latanoprost for congenital glaucoma for 12 years, will I be on these eye drops the rest of my life?

I've been taking Dorzolamide and Latanoprost for congenital glaucoma for 12 years, will I be on these eye drops the rest of my life?

Maybe: This question is not able to be answered with the info present. You may be helped by some surgery so the opthalmologist needs to comment. There are always advance or maybe new drugs. I know this is a pain but better than a loss of sight

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I used gfs (timolol) in the usa. In 2009, I moved to mumbai. The doctor has tried many eye drops including Xalatan (latanoprost) but iop stays at 19-20.?

I used gfs (timolol) in the usa. In 2009, I moved to mumbai. The doctor has tried many eye drops including Xalatan (latanoprost) but iop stays at 19-20.?

Ideal IOP: Eyedrops to lower the pressure depend upon the target pressure. If you are visually stable (no changes in vision and field) at a pressure of 19-20, then you are ok. But if you are losing vision and no more agents are available, you might need laser or operative surgery. Timolol should be available in india.

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My eye doctor won't refrigerate my Xalatan (latanoprost) eyedrops even though it says to on the bottle. Is that safe to do?

My eye doctor won't refrigerate my Xalatan (latanoprost) eyedrops even though it says to on the bottle. Is that safe to do?

REFERIGERATE TILL OP: You only have to referigerate till you open the bottle. Once open it can be kept at room temperature.

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I was started on latanoprost.0005% drops 4 weeks ago for ocular hypertension in both eyes. How long before I should be seen again?

I was started on latanoprost.0005% drops 4 weeks ago for ocular hypertension in both eyes. How long before I should be seen again?

Now: When starting a new glaucoma drop, you should be checked in 2-3 weeks to address the efficacy. I have seem major problems with efficacy with this particular generic so it's really important to make sure it is working. Also be sure to refrigerate the drop.

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How safe is the use of Xalatan (latanoprost) and trusopt eye drop in pregnancy?

How safe is the use of Xalatan (latanoprost) and trusopt eye drop in pregnancy?

Weigh risk/benefits: Both trusopt and Xalatan (latanoprost) are pregnancy category c.Meaning there are no adequate/well-controlled studies in pregnant women using these drugs, thus these medications should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. Trusopt has been associated with decreased birth weight when studied in rats. Review any options with your doctor. Take care.

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I have poag. I am taking latanoprost at bedtime. Pressures are 28 & 30. Alaphagan now added. Will my eye pressures decrease a lot e.G. To 10-15.

I have poag. I am taking latanoprost at bedtime. Pressures are 28 & 30. Alaphagan now added. Will my eye pressures decrease a lot e.G. To 10-15.

Doubtful but maybe: Latanoprost is excellent 1st choice. Alphagan (brimonidine) great 2nd agent but doesn't usually lead to profound reduction. Keep following your doctors advice. Other agents ; lasers available if you need them.

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Can you tell me about using latanoprost with homogenous brown eyes?

Can you tell me about using latanoprost with homogenous brown eyes?

Should be fine: If your eyes are already brown, they may get to be a darker brown. More important is how big a decrease did you have in your eye pressure?

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I have some strain in my eyes after a full day of using computer. I have pds and controlled with xalatan (latanoprost). Should I be concerned of increase in iop?

I have some strain in my eyes after a full day of using computer. I have pds and controlled with xalatan (latanoprost). Should I be concerned of increase in iop?

IOP not a problem: Computer work is tiring and sometimes drying to the outside of the eye. It does not affect the internal components of the eye - especially the internal eye pressure. You might want to keep a bottle of lubricating drops next to the computer for use when you have symptoms and take breaks every 1-11/2 hours to allow the eye to shift focus, but glaucoma is not an issue.

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If the cosopt and Xalatan (latanoprost) do not bring down eye pressure what else can be done?

Options: Cosopt includes 2 medications (timolol and dorzolamide) that affect the eye pressure in different ways. Xalatan (latanoprost) affects it in yet another way. There is one more class of eye drop, called brimonidine. If the addition of it does not help, there are non-medical options. The least invasive involves laser. If that is not effective, surgery may be needed.

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I have glaucoma since I was born. What should I do? I'm.Using some medicines for my eyes they're cosopt, xalatan, (latanoprost) alphagan p.Is glaucoma temporary or? ..

I have glaucoma since I was born. What should I do? I'm.Using some medicines for my eyes they're cosopt, xalatan, (latanoprost) alphagan p.Is glaucoma temporary or? ..

Keep following up: Congenital glaucoma is a life long condition. It is vital that you see your doctor regularly. Even though you may be well controlled now, things may change and eventually may need surgery. Use your drops on schedule also.

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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