Xalatan is an effective remedy that helps to reduce intraocular pressure in people suffering from open–angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension and other conditions determined by your doctor. The recession starts in 3–4 hours after administration with the following maximum effect in 8–12 hours.
Before using Xalatan Drops contact lenses should be removed. Wait 15 minutes before putting your contacts back in after using Xalatan Drops. Unless told otherwise by your doctor, wash your hands, tilt your head back. Using your index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch. Drop the medicine into the pouch and gently close your eyes. Immediately use your finger to apply pressure to the inside corner of the eye and continue to apply pressure for 1 or 2 minutes after using the medicine. Do not blink. Keep your eyes closed for 1 or 2 minutes. Remove excess medicine around your eye with a clean tissue, being careful not to touch your eye. Wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them. To prevent germs from entering your medicine, do not touch the dropper tip to any surface, including your eye. Keep the container tightly closed.
Before taking Xalatan, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances, if you are allergic to any ingredient in Xalatan, if you have heart failure, high or low blood pressure, have ever had a heart attack, have asthma, have stomach ulcer or stomach spasms, epilepsy, hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid), have blockage of your urinary tract or difficulty urinating, or have Parkinson’s disease, if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breast – feeding. If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Xalatan while you are pregnant. It is not known if Xalatan passes into breast milk. If you are or will be breast – feeding while you use Xalatan, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby. Some medicines may interact with Xalatan. Therefore tell your doctor of all prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary.supplement that you are taking. Tell you doctor if you have any type of retinal disease, if you have had a retinal tear, if you are nearsighted, or if you have had cataract surgery. These conditions may increase the risk of retinal detachment. Avoid other eye medications unless your doctor approves.
If you happen to miss a dose take it as soon as you remember unless it’s time for another dose. Never double you dose.
Possible Side Effects
Some of the Possible Side Effects are– burning, stinging, red, or tearing eyes, eyelid muscle twitches, headache, or decreased vision in poor light. Contact your doctor if any of these or other side effects occur. If you experience any of the following serious side effects, you should seek medical attention immediately– an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, swelling of your lips, face, or tongue, or hives), abdominal cramps or diarrhea, watering mouth, excessive sweating, urinary incontinence, muscle weakness, difficulty breathing, or an irregular heartbeat.
Keep Xalatan out of the reach of children. Keep Betapace in its original container. Store at 25°C (77°F); excursions permitted to 15–30°C (59–86°F).
If overdose is suspected, seek medical attention immediately. Symptoms of a Xalatan overdose are not known, but are likely to include red burning eyes, lost of vizion and change in colour perception.
Xalatan may cause blurred vision. These effects may worsen if Xalatan is taken with alcohol or certain other medications. Use Xalatan with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to this drug. If your symptoms do not improve or if they worsen, contact your doctor. Xalatan should be used only by the patient for whom it has been prescribed. Do not take less or more or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
This drug information is for your information purposes only, it is not intended that this information covers all uses, directions, drug interactions, precautions, or adverse effects of your medication. This is only general information, and should not be relied on for any purpose. It should not be construed as containing specific instructions for any particular patient. We disclaim all responsibility for the accuracy and reliability of this information, and/or any consequences arising from the use of this information, including damage or adverse consequences to persons or property, however such damages or consequences arise. No warranty, either expressed or implied, is made in regards to this information.
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