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Xalatan Eye Drop

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Overview

Introduction

Xalatan Eye Drop is a medicine used to reduce pressure in the eyes in people with glaucoma and ocular hypertension (high pressure in the eye). If the pressure in your eye is too high it can damage your sight, potentially leading to blindness. It works by helping fluid flow from inside the eye into the blood.

Xalatan Eye Drop is suitable for adults and children and can be used by itself or in combination with other eye medicines to reduce pressure. Follow the instructions given by your doctor and use this medicine regularly to get the most benefit. If you stop using it, pressure in the eye could increase and damage your sight. Never use a bottle if the seal is broken before you use it for the first time. If you wear contact lenses, make sure you remove them before instilling and wait for at least 15 minutes before putting them back. 

The most common side effects include eyelashes changes, eye pain and sensitivity to light. It may also cause blurred vision, dryness in the eye, a gradual change in color of the eye, and other rare effects. If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor. Your doctor may be able to tell you ways of reducing or preventing some side effects or suggest another treatment. If your vision is blurred or you have other changes in sight for a time, do not drive until your vision is clear. This is usually a short-term side effect. Do not use this medicine if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, or if you are breastfeeding.

Uses of Xalatan Eye Drop

Benefits of Xalatan Eye Drop

In Glaucoma

Xalatan Eye Drop is a medicine used to reduce pressure in your eyes (ocular hypertension). This pressure can lead to an illness called glaucoma. If the pressure in your eye is too high, it can damage your sight. This medicine works by helping the fluid to flow from inside the eye into your bloodstream. It may be used alone or with other eye drops. Do not use it too often as that can make it less effective. You should only use it in the affected eye and take it regularly as prescribed by your doctor. If you stop taking it, the pressure in your eye will not be controlled. This could lead to a loss of sight.

In Ocular hypertension

Xalatan Eye Drop belongs to a group of medicines called prostaglandin analogue. It is used to reduce pressure in your eyes. It increases the flow of fluid from inside the eye into the bloodstream thereby lowering the increased eye pressure. If the pressure in your eye is too high, it can damage your sight. You should only use it in the affected eye and take it regularly as prescribed by your doctor. If you stop taking it, the pressure in your eye will not be controlled.

Side effects of Xalatan Eye Drop

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Xalatan

  • Eyelash changes
  • Eye pain
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Burning sensation in eye
  • Eye itching
  • Foreign body sensation
  • Itching
  • Stinging in the eyes
  • Conjunctival hyperemia

How to cope with side effects?

The occurrence of side effects varies from person to person. The following are a few ways of dealing with some of the common side effects. However, consult your doctor if these persist.

  • Coping with Eye pain
    Make sure you are using the correct amount of this medicine. Do not use too much and do not use it too often. If the symptoms are bad, there may be an alternative medicine, so talk to your doctor. Do not use other eye drops to ease the discomfort without talking to your doctor. To relieve discomfort, try placing a cold compress over your closed eyes few times a day. Try not to touch or rub your eyes. Wear sunglasses when you are outside. Drink enough water to stay hydrated. Do not keep looking at your phone, computer or television screen for long hours.
  • Coping with Increased sensitivity to light
    If your eyes are sensitive to bright light, use your hand or a hat to reduce glare while outdoors. Try to stay away from bright lights and shiny surfaces. Wearing tinted glasses or sunglasses will also help. Keep lights dimmed inside. Avoid long screen time and take frequent eye breaks from your device or avoid it totally if you can. If your condition does not improve, talk to your doctor. Your doctor may be able to prescribe you eye drops or other medications that can reduce your symptoms.

How to use Xalatan Eye Drop

This medicine is for external use only. Take it in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Check the label for directions before use. Hold the dropper close to the eye without touching it. Gently squeeze the dropper and place the medicine inside the lower eyelid. Wipe off extra liquid.

How Xalatan Eye Drop works

Xalatan Eye Drop is a prostaglandin analogue. It works by increasing the outflow of aqueous humor, thereby lowering the increased eye pressure.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
No interaction found/established
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Xalatan Eye Drop may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
Breastfeeding
CAUTION
Xalatan Eye Drop should be used with caution during breastfeeding. Breastfeeding should be held until the treatment of the mother is completed and the drug is eliminated from her body.
Driving
SAFE
Xalatan Eye Drop does not usually affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
No interaction found/established
Liver
No interaction found/established

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Quick Tips

  • Xalatan Eye Drop helps lower high pressure in the eye and reduces the risk of vision loss.
  • For best results, put one drop once a day in the evening/night in the affected eye(s).
  • Apply pressure on the corner of the eye (close to the nose) for about 1 minute, immediately after instilling the drop.
  • Wait for at least 5-10 minutes before delivering the next medication in the same eye to avoid dilution.
  • Xalatan Eye Drop may cause brown pigmentation of the iris. This discoloration may be permanent.
  • Your eyelashes may become more dense and eyelid skin may darken. These changes should disappear after discontinuing Xalatan Eye Drop.

Fact Box

Chemical Class
Prostaglandin Analogu
Habit Forming
No

Patient Concerns

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Doctor advised for medication for glaucoma suspect only because eye pressure is 22 but all other tests are normal.medicine , 9 pm drops is prescribed. Please advice
Dr. Vishal Arora
Ophthalmology
Ocular hypertension can lead to glaucoma eventually. Continue the drops
Suffering from glaucoma for past 2 years.applying combigan and xalatan as per doctor s advice. Any other permanent remedy
Dr. Vishal Arora
Ophthalmology
Continue drops and donot stop. No other remedy
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FAQs

Q. Can I use contact lenses while using Xalatan?

Yes, you can use contact lenses while using Xalatan. However, remove your contact lenses before instilling Xalatan. You can re-insert the lenses 15 minutes after instilling Xalatan. Contact your doctor if eye irritation occurs and persists.

Q. Can Xalatan cause a change in eye color?

Yes, continued use of Xalatan may cause a change in the color of the iris, particularly brown pigmentation. This color change is more common in people who have mixed color eyes (blue-brown, grey-brown, yellow-brown or green-brown). The change may be more noticeable if it is used in only one eye. This change in color is likely to be permanent. Additionally, the eyelashes may also become denser and the color of the eyelids may darken. However, this is usually temporary and reverts to normal once the use of Xalatan is discontinued.

Q. Can I use other eye drops along with Xalatan?

If you have to use other eye drops, wait for at least 5 minutes before using them. You should inform your doctor about any other medicine which you are using since it may interfere with the working of Xalatan.

Q. How long do you keep your eyes shut after using Xalatan?

After using the eye drops you should close your eyes for at least 2-3 minutes so that the medicine does not run off and gets absorbed in the eye.

Q. Do you have to refrigerate Xalatan?

Yes, the unopened bottle needs to be refrigerated at 2° to 8°C (36° to 46°F). However, once the bottle is opened for use, it may be stored at room temperature up to 25°C (77°F) for not longer than 6 weeks.

Q. How long does it take for Xalatan to start working?

The pressure in the eyes starts decreasing after about 3-4 hours of using Xalatan and the maximum effect is reached after 8-12 hours.

Q. Can I use Xalatan in the morning?

It is recommended to use Xalatan in the evening for best results. Xalatan, when used in the evening for the first few days, showed significantly effective results in lowering the eye pressure. The effect of this medicine remains for about 24 hours after administration.

Q. When to seek doctor’s advice while using Xalatan?

You should contact your doctor immediately if you develop an eye infection, injury, conjunctivitis, or an eyelid reaction. Along with that, the doctor should be informed if you have undergone any eye surgery earlier. Use Xalatan as prescribed by the doctor.

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