This medication is prostaglandin analog, prescribed for open angle glaucoma and increased eye pressure, which can lead to a gradual loss of vision.
It binds to a specific receptor for prostaglandin, increases the flow of aqueous humor out of the eye, thereby reducing the pressure within the eye and reducing the risk of nerve damage and blindness.
For the eye only. Wash your hands before and after use. Take out contact lenses before using this drug. Lenses may be put back in 15 minutes after this drug is given. Do not put contacts back in if your eyes are irritated or infected. Do not touch the container tip to the eye, lid, or other skin. Tilt your head back and drop drug into the eye. After use, keep your eyes closed. Put pressure on the inside corner of the eye. Do this for 1 to 2 minutes. This keeps the drug in your eye. Space each eye drug by 5 minutes. A delivery aid (Xal-Ease?) may help.
Eye irritation. Bright lights may bother you. Wear sunglasses. Blurred eyesight. Use care when driving or doing other tasks that call for clear eyesight. Eye color may change with use. This drug may raise the brown pigment. Dark eyelashes and skin around the eye may also happen. These changes may be long-lasting.
Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time. Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses. Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.
Caution needed for patients with history of aphakia (absence of lens of the eye) or pseudophakia with torn posterior lens cap or anterior chamber lenses, risk factors for cystoid macular oedema, brittle or severe asthma, history of intraocular inflammation, neovascular, angle-closure or congenital glaucoma, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away. Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Sudden change in eyesight, eye pain, or irritation. Any rash. Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.
Alert the doctor if you are using any other eye preparations or medicines. - Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. - Store the unopened eye drop in the refrigerator between 2 to 8°C, away from light. - The opened eye drop should be stored below 25°C. The bottle should be placed in the carton after use to protect the contents from light. - Do not use for longer than 28 days after the seal on the bottle has been broken. - Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Category C : Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
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