Some side effects. Known side effects of this glaucoma medication are burning, stinging, redness, elongation of the eye lashes, reversible darkening of the skin around the eye and irreversible darkening of the iris. In some rare occasions, it can exacerbate certain types of inflammation in the eye. In general, this is a very safe and well tolerated medication.
Convenience. This useful anti glaucoma drop is commonly presicribed for use at bedtime just for convenience and remembrance with a bottle at the bedside or next to the toothbrush. It could be taken at some other time on a regular basis. Some note that the internal eye pressure is highest in the wee hours of the morning so bedtime use gets a little extra effect at that time.
Why? There is scant, if any, medical reason for prophylaxis of glaucoma. You have the expense of the drug and side-effects of it. Studies show that about 80% of people with elevated eye pressure do not develop glaucoma. Since most people who have elevated pressure will not get glaucoma, prophylaxis does not make sense.
Are you a glaucoma. Suspect? Do you have a strong family history or other risk factors that make glaucoma more likely? If any of these questions are yes, then possibly taking eye medication to be extra cautious and allow for peace of mind can be considered reasonable. However, if this is not the case, and your optic nerve is quite healthy, I would recommend close observation to monitor for change. Good luck!
Unusual. In the old days, this was done commonly. Today because the advanced technology available to detect and monitor eye damage, there is almost no reason to treat those who do not have documented damage. Get another opinion.
Very effective. Xalatan (latanoprost) is an excellent glaucoma medication but 'the proof is in the pudding' so you have to go by what happens to your eye pressure with any medication and its side effects.
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.
Xalatan (latanoprost) Xalatan (latanoprost) is beneficial in the treatment of glaucoma.
Very effective. Latanoprost, a prostaglandin analogue, is in a class of highly effective antiglaucoma medications that can lower introcular pressure up to 50% (25-35%). At once daily dosing, it is also very convenient and more easily to adhere to. It's generic & less expensive. It does have some unusual side effects though: lash growth, iris color change (some) & periocular skin darkening.
I am 63 and have glaucoma. I use Xalatan generic drops latanoprost. Is it safe to use somnapure as a nightly sleepaid?
Yes. There are no known drug interactions with Xalatan (latanoprost) and somnapure.
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.
What is the best eye drop for glaucoma? I've been given xalatan (latanoprost). Is it going to solve my problem?
It works well. Xalatan (latanoprost) is a type of prostaglandin analog, which has been shown to be one of the most effective glaucoma medications. Your ophthalmologist can tell you if he or she believes you are getting a good response from the drop.
Not a cure. Xalatan (latanoprost) is an excellent medication for glaucoma, but not a cure.
One that works! There are many different drops that can be used lower the pressure with glaucoma and each person respond differently. You need to work with your eye md and find one (or a combination) that works for you. Since Xalatan (latanoprost) has went generic I have not had much success with this drop. The name brand was great!
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!
Avoid getting on. Skin. If getting skin color change, switch to alternate treatment.