For XALATAN Patients

You've taken a big first step in caring for your vision by visiting your eye doctor and getting treated!

Now it's important to stick with your high eye pressure treatment. Glaucoma is a lifelong condition. Once your eye pressure is under control, it is important to keep it in check by using your drops each day. Keep track of your eye pressure treatment with the XALATAN Eye Pressure and Usage Tracker. Don't stop using your eye drops unless instructed by your doctor.

Some people have trouble using their drops each day. Are any of the situations below keeping you from sticking with your treatment? XALATAN is your partner in the treatment of high eye pressure, which may lead to glaucoma. And can offer support. Click on the scenario that sounds most like your own for tips and tricks:

I have trouble remembering to use my drops every day.

If you have trouble remembering to use your drops, you aren’t alone. It can take awhile to get into a routine. But most people find that it gets easier over time. Here are some tips for remembering your drops:

  • Write a note to yourself where you will see it each evening. A note on your bathroom mirror or on your bedroom door might do the trick. One XALATAN user uses a dry erase marker to draw a cartoon reminder on his bathroom mirror. That’s one fun way to remember
  • Call your answering machine or voicemail to leave a message for yourself. Or you can set up an e-mail reminder
  • Pair your XALATAN drops with something you do every night. For example, when you brush your teeth, check the locks, or walk your dog before bedtime, make that your eye drop time. It will make using eye drops a part of your regular routine
  • Do you have a lot of prescriptions? Is it hard to keep track of them all? Try color coding your bottles. Use colored dots, available at stationery or office supply stores, to label your medicines. Use 1 color for morning medicines, 1 for evening, and so on. It may make using your medicines easier; at a glance you can see which medicines you need to take at a given time of day
  • Print out a copy of our helpful Eye Pressure and Usage Tracker. It has a section for you to record the time you use your eye drops each day. Recording the time you take your eye drops may help you get into the habit of using them each day

I can’t get the drops in my eyes.

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:

  • Read the page on How to Use XALATAN for instructions on using eye drops
  • If you tend to miss 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 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 fridge before use. You will be able to tell where the drop ended up since it will be cool
  • 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

I’m worried about side effects.

Like all medicines, XALATAN 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.

I don't have any symptoms. Why should I use XALATAN eye drops every day?

High eye pressure is a silent condition. It usually doesn’t hurt and, early on, glaucoma shows no symptoms. But that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t treat it.

Your doctor has determined your eye pressure should be lower, and has decided to start treating it with XALATAN. This is important because high eye pressure can damage your optic nerve.

Once damage is done, it can’t be reversed. The good news is, just 1 drop of XALATAN a day in each affected eye can help control eye pressure.

Even though you can’t feel a change, it is important to take your XALATAN every day as prescribed by your physician. Print out our Eye Pressure and Usage Tracker and take it to your next appointment. It will help you see how your treatment is working.

XALATAN is your partner in the treatment of high eye pressure, which may lead to glaucoma. Take control of your eye health and learn more about How XALATAN Works.

When I was first diagnosed, I was so scared. Will I become blind? What can I do about it?

It is normal to be overwhelmed when you first get your diagnosis. While high eye pressure is a serious condition, it can be treated. XALATAN is your partner in the treatment of high eye pressure, which may lead to glaucoma. Learning about XALATAN, high eye pressure, and glaucoma is a great way to take control of your eye health and ease some of your fears. Here are some tips:

  • High eye pressure is a serious condition that can lead to glaucoma, but it can be treated. By starting treatment early, you may reduce the risk of nerve damage and vision loss. Read some information about Glaucoma and Eye Pressure
  • Don’t wait; take control now and get treated. High eye pressure treatment can be easy with XALATAN. Just 1 drop a day in each affected eye can help control your eye pressure and may reduce the risk of vision loss. Taking control of your health is empowering and may put your mind at ease. Learn more about How to Use XALATAN

What should I do if I forget to refill my prescription?

Many people have trouble remembering to refill their prescriptions. But it is very important to get your refills on time. Here are some tips for keeping your prescriptions filled:

  • Ask at your pharmacy if they have an automatic refill program. Many pharmacies now have free programs where they will automatically refill your prescriptions and call you when they are ready
  • If your doctor prescribed branded latanoprost ophthalmic solution, please check to make sure you receive XALATAN. If you receive the generic substitute from your pharmacy, talk to your pharmacist or doctor immediately about your options.
  • Does your insurance plan have a mail-order pharmacy? Many plans have mail-order options that will send you a 3-month supply of your prescriptions. These programs are convenient and you will have to refill less often
  • XALATAN is available in a 3-bottle multi-pack. Ask your doctor about the multi-pack. More XALATAN means fewer refills per year
  • Make a note on your calendar, or set a reminder in your e-mail. When you fill your prescription, set or write a reminder for the next one. Be sure to plan to refill early if you are going on vacation; it is important not to miss any drops

I want to keep taking XALATAN, and ensure that the pharmacy doesn't fill or refill my prescription with a generic substitute.

If XALATAN has worked to reduce your high eye pressure, and you would like to continue taking XALATAN, talk to your doctor about writing your prescription for XALATAN only—no substitutions.

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