Chemical Name LATANOPROST (la-TA-noe-prost)
XALATAN is a topical eye medication used to reduce pressure inside the eye. It is used to treat eye conditions, including glaucoma and ocular hypertension, in which increased pressure can lead to a gradual loss of vision.
Before using XALATAN, consult your doctor if you are:
- allergic to latanoprost or any other chemical contained in this medication
- if you have swelling or infection of your eye
- pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant
- breastfeeding or planning on breastfeeding
- XALATAN may cause a gradual change in the color of your eyes or eyelids and lashes, as well as increased growth or thickness of your eyelashes. Color changes may be permanent even after your treatment ends, and may occur only in the eye being treated. This could result in a cosmetic difference in eye or eyelash color from one eye to the other.
- Do not use XALATAN while wearing contact lenses as this medication may contain a preservative that can discolor soft contact lenses. Wait at least 15 minutes after use before putting your contact lenses in.
- Do not allow the tip of the dropper to touch any surface, including your eyes or hands. If the dropper becomes contaminated it could cause an infection in your eye, which can lead to vision loss or serious damage to the eye.
- After using XALATAN, wait at least 5 minutes before using any other eye drops that your doctor has prescribed.
All medications may cause side effects, but usually patients have no, or minor, side effects. Common side effects of XALATAN may include:
- Swelling of the eye
- Redness of the eyelids
- Dry eyes
- Eyelash changes (increased length, thickness, pigmentation, and number of lashes)
- Eyelid skin darkening
- Intraocular inflammation (iritis/uveitis)
- Iris pigmentation changes
- Macular edema, including cystoid macular edema
Product Code: 1967
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The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.