Xalatan (latanoprost) reduces pressure in the eye by increasing the amount of fluid that drains from the eye.
Xalatan (for the eyes) is used to treat certain types of glaucoma and other causes of high pressure inside the eye.
Xalatan may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Do not use Xalatan while wearing contact lenses. This medication may contain a preservative that can discolor soft contact lenses. Wait at least 15 minutes after using Xalatan before putting your contact lenses in.
Use exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Wash your hands before using the Xalatan eye drops.
To apply the eye drops:
Tilt your head back slightly and pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket. Hold the dropper above the eye with the tip down. Look up and away from the dropper as you squeeze out a drop, then close your eye.
Use only the number of drops your doctor has prescribed.
Gently press your finger to the inside corner of the eye (near your nose) for about 1 minute to keep the liquid from draining into your tear duct.
If you use more than one drop in the same eye, wait about 5 minutes before putting in the next drop.
Wait at least 10 minutes before using any other eye drops that your doctor has prescribed.
Do not allow the tip of the Xalatan dropper to touch any surface, including your eyes or hands. If the dropper becomes contaminated it could cause an infection in your eye, which can lead to vision loss or serious damage to the eye. Tell your doctor right away if you have any eye injury or infection, or if you need to have any type of surgery, especially eye surgery. Do not use the eye drops if the liquid changes colors or has particles in it.
Follow the instructions that you doctor has given you regarding your treatment.
Store an unopened bottle of Xalatan eye drops in a refrigerator. Once you have opened and begun using the drops, you may store them at room temperature, away from moisture, heat, and light. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
Do not use the Xalatan eye drops if it has been longer than 6 weeks since you first opened the bottle. If you still need to use the medication, call your doctor for a new prescription.
Active Ingredient: (latanoprost) Ophthalmic solution 0.005%