Xalatan is a medication taken by patients to relieve pressure in the eyes by increasing the amount of fluid that drains from them. This medicine is also used to treat specific glaucoma types and other causes of high pressure in the eyes.
How to Use Xalatan
It’s not allowed to use this drug when wearing contact lenses, because it may contain preservatives that discolor the soft ones. You should wait for about 15 minutes before putting contact lenses in. Besides, Xalatan may result in gradual change in the color of eyelids, eyes and lashes while increasing the thickness and growth of eyelashes. Color changes can be permanent even after stopping this treatment. Use this medicine according to the directions given by your physician and wash your hands before using eye drops. If it’s been longer than 6 weeks since you have first opened your bottle, don’t use them. Avoid using too much of this drug, because it can make Xalatan less effective in relieving pressure inside the eyes. The number of drops should be determined by your physician, and you shouldn’t use this medication in higher amounts than needed.
What to Do before Using Xalatan
Don’t start this treatment if you have allergic reactions to its components or other similar meds. Inform doctors if you have any eye infection or swelling and other serious health conditions to be on a safe side. Tell them if you are breastfeeding or want to become pregnant because of possible health risks.
Mild and Serious Side Effects
There are certain side effects caused by this medicine, just like many other drugs. You need to get emergency medical help and stop using Xalatan once you notice any signs of allergic reactions, including swelling, hives, difficulty breathing and others. Inform doctors about any serious side effects caused by this medication and get medical help:
Discharge or oozing from the eyes;
Swelling, itching, redness or pain in the eyes;
Increased light sensitivity;
Chest pain and vision changes.
There are less serious side effects caused by this medication, and they include:
Dizziness and headache;
New cold symptoms;
Blurred vision and mild eye discomfort;
Watery and dry eyes;
Feeling like something is in the eyes;
Burning or stinging of your eyes after using Xalatan.
These side effects are mild, but if any of them persist or get worse, you need to call your doctor.
Dangerous Drug Interactions
There are certain medications that may potentially interact with Xalatan. They should be avoided to prevent unwanted and dangerous drug interactions, because they change the way medications work and lead to an increased risk of having severe side effects. That’s why you should inform doctors about other pharmaceutical products that you’re using. Make a full list of over-the-counter and prescription medications, minerals, vitamins and herbal supplements. Don’t start taking new meds or change their doses without consulting qualified doctors to avoid drug interactions.