Dosing & How to Use XALATAN
Dosing & How to Use XALATAN
A high eye pressure treatment you only need to use once a day
Follow these steps to administer your drops:
After washing your hands thoroughly, hold the bottle in one hand, resting your thumb against your eyebrow or the bridge of your nose.
Use the index finger of your other hand to gently pull down your lower lid and make a pocket for the drop.
Gently squeeze the bottle to dispense
1 drop into the pocket of your lower lid.
And remember, when using XALATAN...
- Wait at least 5 minutes between each eye drop (if you use more than 1 eye drop of medicine)
- If you forget to use XALATAN® (latanoprost ophthalmic solution) one day, apply the next drop as usual the next day. Don't try to catch up by using 2 drops the next day. Track your eye drops with the XALATAN Administration Guide & Progress Tracker
- If you wear contact lenses, remove your lenses before using XALATAN and wait
15 minutes after dosing before putting them back in
- Always wash your hands before using eye drops, or touching your eyes, contacts, or the XALATAN bottle. Use soap and warm running water to create a lather. Rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds—wash the fronts and backs of your hands, your wrists, between your fingers, and under fingernails. Use either a clean, dry towel or a fresh disposable towel to thoroughly dry your hands and to turn off the faucet
- Avoid contamination by not touching the dispenser and other surfaces with your hands
Tips for using eye drops
If you have never used eye drops before, you may find it a little tricky at first. Don't worry—most people find that it gets much easier as time goes on. Try some of these tips to get started:
- If you have trouble getting the drop into your eye, try turning your head to the side, or lying down. Then place a drop in the inner corner of your eyelid, and open your eye slowly. The drop should roll right into your eye
- If you find that it's difficult to pull down on your lower eyelid to make a pocket for the drop, try gently pinching the eyelid instead. Then just drop the medicine into the pocket you created
- If you tend to blink before the drop hits your eye, try looking to the side rather than straight at the dropper
- If you aren't sure that you are getting the drop into your eye, try placing the bottle in the refrigerator before use. When you feel the cool eye drop, you will know that it made it into your eye
- If your hand is shaking, try resting your hand on your face—this may help steady your hand. If that doesn't work, try wearing a light wrist weight
XALATAN is for the treatment of high eye pressure/intraocular pressure (IOP) in people with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension.
Important Safety Information
Like all medicines, XALATAN® (latanoprost ophthalmic solution) can have side effects. These side effects are usually mild and tolerable and may include blurred vision, burning and stinging, eye redness, the feeling of something in the eye, eye itching, increased pigmentation (darkening) of eye color, or irritation of the clear front surface of the eye.
XALATAN may slowly cause darkening of the eye color due to increased brown color, darkening of the eyelid and eyelashes, and increased growth and thickness of eyelashes. Color changes can increase as long as XALATAN is administered, and eye color changes are likely to be permanent.
There have been reports of bacterial keratitis associated with the use of multiple-dose containers of topical ophthalmic products.
The recommended dosage is one drop (1.5 µg) in the affected eye(s) once daily in the evening. If one dose is missed, treatment should continue with the next dose as normal.
Patients should always ask their doctors for medical advice about adverse events.
You may report an adverse event related to Pfizer products by calling 1-800-438-1985 (US only). If you prefer, you may contact the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) directly. The FDA has established a reporting service known as MedWatch where health care professionals and consumers can report serious problems they suspect may be associated with the drugs and medical devices they prescribe, dispense, or use. Visit MedWatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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