Brand Names : Xalatan
Before Using This Medicine
In deciding to use a medicine,
the risks of using the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do.
This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For latanoprost, the following
should be considered:
Allergies - Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or
allergic reaction to latanoprost. Also tell your health care professional
if you are allergic to any other substances, such as benzalkonium chloride
or other preservatives.
Pregnancy - Latanoprost has not been studied in pregnant women.
However, latanoprost has been shown to cause death of the fetus when given
to pregnant rabbits in doses many times larger than the human dose. Before
using this medicine, make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or if
you may become pregnant.
Breast-feeding - It is not known whether latanoprost passes into
the breast milk. Although most medicines pass into breast milk in small amounts,
many of them may be used safely while breast-feeding. Mothers who are using
this medicine and who wish to breast-feed should discuss this with their doctor.
Children - Studies on this medicine have been done only in adult
patients, and there is no specific information comparing use of latanoprost
in children with use in other age groups.
Older adults - Many medicines have not been studied specifically
in older people. Therefore, it may not be known whether they work exactly
the same way they do in younger adults. Although there is no specific information
comparing use of latanoprost in the elderly with use in other age groups,
this medicine has been used mostly in elderly patients and is not expected
to cause different side effects or problems in older people than it does in
Other medicines - Although certain medicines should not be used
together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together
even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to
change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are using
latanoprost, it is especially important that your health care professional
know if you are taking any of the following:
Thimerosal-containing ophthalmic medications - A precipitation
occurs (a solid settles out of the solution) when latanoprost is applied at
the same time as a thimerosal-containing ophthalmic medicine; you should wait
at least 5 minutes between using these two types of eye drops
Other medical problems - The presence of other medical
problems may affect the use of latanoprost. Make sure you tell your doctor
if you have any other medical problems, especially:
Eye disease, such as iritis or uveitis - Use of latanoprost may
make the condition worse
Eye problems, such as loss of the lens of the eye or
Intraocular lens (IOL) replacement - May be more prone to an
adverse reaction called macular edema
Kidney disease or
Liver disease - Higher blood levels of latanoprost may result,
which may lead to increased side effects