Brand Names : Xalatan
Proper Use of This Medicine
Use this medicine only as directed
. Do not use more of it and do not
use it more often than your doctor ordered. To do so may increase the chance
of too much medicine being absorbed into the body and the chance of side effects.
If your doctor ordered two different eye drops to be used together, wait
at least 5 minutes between the times you apply the medicines. This will help
to keep the second medicine from “washing out” the first one.
It is important that your doctor check your eye pressure
at regular visits
to make certain that your glaucoma is being controlled.
Contact lenses should be removed before you use this medicine. You should
wait at least 15 minutes after using the eye drops before reinserting them.
To use the eye drops
First, wash your hands. Tilt the head back and, pressing your finger
gently on the skin just beneath the lower eyelid, pull the lower eyelid away
from the eye to make a space. Drop the medicine into this space. Let go of
the eyelid and gently close the eyes. Do not blink. Keep the eyes closed and
apply pressure to the inner corner of the eye with your finger for 1 or 2
minutes to allow the medicine to be absorbed by the eye.
Immediately after using the eye drops, wash your hands to remove
any medicine that may be on them.
To keep the medicine as germ-free as possible,
do not touch the applicator tip to any surface (including the eye).
Also, keep the container tightly closed.
Dosing - The dose of latanoprost will be different for
different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the
directions on the label
. The following information includes only the
average dose of latanoprost. If your dose is different,
do not change it
unless your doctor tells you to do so.
For ophthalmic solution (eye drops)
For glaucoma or hypertension of the eye:
Adults - Use one drop in the affected eye(s) once a day in the
Children - Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
Missed dose - If you miss a dose of this medicine, use it as
soon as possible. However, if you do not remember the missed dose until the
next day, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.
Do not double doses.
Storage - To store this medicine:
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store away from heat and direct light.
Before the bottle has been opened for the first time, store in the
refrigerator. After the bottle has been opened, store at room temperature
(up to 25 °C [77 °F]) for up to 6 weeks, or in the refrigerator. However,
keep the medicine from freezing.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed. Be sure
that any discarded medicine is out of the reach of children.