What does Xalatan treat?
Xalatan 0.005% (Latanoprost)
Xalatan 0.005 eye drops belong to a group called ophthalmic glaucoma agents. They are used in the treatment of high-pressure conditions inside the eye which may be due to open-angle glaucoma or other eye diseases like ocular hypertension. Latanoprost is similar in its chemistry to a natural chemical (prostaglandin) present in our body. It acts by regulating the flow of fluid within the eye by increasing its drainage and thus, resulting in lowering of the eye pressure. Lowering high pressure in glaucoma and other eye conditions helps in preventing blindness.
Xalatan eye drops 0.005% are available at Canada Pharmacy and can be purchased on your doctor’s prescription.
Active ingredient: Latanoprost 0.005% in 2.5ml
Xalatan eye drops must be used according to your doctor’s prescription. Do not increase, decrease or alter the dose of the drops without consulting your doctor. The usual dose of Xalatan is 1 drop, which is instilled in the affected eye every evening.
If you wear contact lenses, then do not use Xalatan eye drops while wearing your lenses as it can discolor the contact lens. Wait for at least 15 minutes after using the drops before you put back your contact lens.
If you are using other eye medications as well, wait for 5 minutes before applying the other product.
Before starting your treatment with Xalatan, make sure it is safe for you. Consult your doctor if you have the following conditions:
- Swelling of the eye
- Infection of the eye
- Herpes infection of the eye
- Retinal detachment
- Eye surgery or any injury affecting the lens of the eye
Medical help must immediately be sought if any of the following side effects develop:
- Eye swelling, redness, severe discomfort, crusting or drainage
- Signs of eye infection
- Red, swollen, or itchy eyelids
- Increased sensitivity to light
- Changes in vision
- Severe burning, stinging, or irritation after using Xalatan eye drops
- Puffy eyelids
- Stinging, burning, or redness of the eyes
- Blurry vision
- Feeling as if there is something in the eye
- Dry or watery eyes
- Cold or flu symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat
- An allergic reaction like hives, difficulty in breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat
Product Code: 1967
What is a Generic Drug?
A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
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.