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Latanoprost is used for the treatment of certain eye conditions including open angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension (increased pressure in the eye).

How it works

Latanoprost belongs to a group of medicines called prostaglandins. It lowers the pressure within eye by increasing the flow of fluid from inside the eye into the blood stream.

Common side effects

Asthma, Change in colour of iris, Darkening of eye lashes, Altered thickness of eye lashes, Altered length of eye lashes, Darkening of the skin of the eyelids, Dry eye, Eye swelling, Eye irritation, Burning sensation in eye, Increased sensitivity to light, Eye pain, Foreign body sensation, Itching, Growth of extra row of eyelashes, Rash, Eye redness, Skin reaction, Stinging in the eyes, Worsening of asthma, Shortness of breath, Blurred vision, Conjunctivitis


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Expert advice

  • After using latanoprost eye drops, wait for 15 minutes before instilling contact lenses.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you feel continuous irritation in the eye or have redness around the eye. 
  • Do not consume this drug if you are allergic to latanoprost or any of its ingredients.
  • Avoid driving or operating machinery as latanoprost may causes blurred vision for a short time.

Frequently asked questions


Q. Is latanoprost a beta blocker/ steroid?
No. latanoprost is a prostaglandin analogue. 
Q. Is latanoprost supposed to be refrigerated?
Yes. It should be stored in a refrigerator (2°C – 8°C).
Q. Does latanoprost grow eyelashes?
Patients receiving this drug have noticed an increased number, length, thickness and darkening of eyelashes and hair in the medial canthal region.
Q. Does latanoprost cause hair loss?
No. Latanoprost has shown ability to promote scalp hair density.
Q. Does latanoprost cause headaches/ insomnia/depression/ dry mouth?
No. It does not cause any of the above side effects. However, please consult your doctor if you experience such side effects.
Q. Does latanoprost cause high blood pressure?
Yes. It may cause high blood pressure. Please consult your doctor if you experience such side effects.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)