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Dr. Bernard Seif
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Xalatan (Overview)

Xalatan is an anti-fungal agent which is a kind of antibiotic and antimicrobial.


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Please describe the medication: xalatan (latanoprost)?

Please describe the medication: xalatan (latanoprost)?

Glaucoma eye drop: Xalatan (now generic as latanoprost) is a one drop per day glaucoma eye drop in the prostaglandin family. It works to lower intraocular pressure by increasing outflow of fluid from the eye through non-traditional pathways (uveoscleral outflow). Significant side effects are uncommon, and it is generally very well tolerated and effective. ...Read more

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Dr. Bernard Seif
48 doctors shared insights

Xalatan (Overview)

Xalatan is an anti-fungal agent which is a kind of antibiotic and antimicrobial.


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I am 63 and have glaucoma. I use Xalatan generic drops latanoprost. Is it safe to use somnapure as a nightly sleepaid?

I am 63 and have glaucoma. I use Xalatan generic drops latanoprost. Is it safe to use somnapure as a nightly sleepaid?

Yes: This has a disclaimer to avoid use in glaucoma but that is legal self-protection. It refers to a rarer type of glaucoma called narrow angle which you do not have. Use somnapure if it helps. ...Read more

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Why is Xalatan (latanoprost) antiglaucoma drug advised to be used in the evening?

Why is Xalatan (latanoprost) antiglaucoma drug advised to be used in the evening?

One reason : One reason is that it can cause the eyes to be pretty red for a few hours afterward and patients tolerate it better because they are sleeping. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take Xalatan (latanoprost) while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take Xalatan (latanoprost) while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes: Xalatan (latanoprost) is a prostaglandin f2 analogue used to treat glaucoma. It is a category c drug by fda which means it may causes problems for fetus. Dosages of medications in eyedrops are very small. If you have gluacoma and need to take it to protect your eyesight i would talk to your ophthalomogist and obstetrician about it but it should be ok. ...Read more

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What are some bizarre side effects of xalatan (latanoprost)?

Eye color changes: Xalatan (latanoprost) is a prostaglandin drug that can change iris color and cause lash growth. This medicine is used to control eye pressure (glaucoma). It can also cause discoloration of the skin around the eye. These changes can be permanent. Good luck! ...Read more

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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. 
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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. ...Read more

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Can children use Xalatan (latanoprost)?

Can children use Xalatan (latanoprost)?

Use as directed: Xalantan is an eye medication for glaucoma. Most of the time this would apply to adults only. But there are times when children develop glaucoma and Xalantan has been studied and found effective for this with medication with an excellent safety profile (Journal of Pediatric Opthamology and Strabismus 2009). ...Read more

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Who should not take Xalatan (latanoprost)?

Who should not take Xalatan (latanoprost)?

Xalatan (latanoprost): "Known hypersensitivity to any component in Xalatan" See: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/9043 ...Read more

Dr. Payam Mehranpour
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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