Open-angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension are both managed with Xalatan. By lowering intraocular pressure, these conditions may be prevented or treated more effectively as they advance.
Clinical studies have demonstrated the efficiency of Xalatan in lowering intraocular pressure in patients with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension. It may occasionally aid in vision improvement.
Side Effects and Precautions
Although generally well tolerated, xalatan may have some unwanted effects. The most typical side effects are as follows:
Typically, these side effects are minor and transient. Though they are uncommon, more severe side effects can happen. These consist of:
alterations to vision
inflammation of the eye
extra-ocular pressure increase
You should immediately stop using Xalatan and call your doctor if you experience any of these side effects.
Not everyone is a good candidate for Xalatan. If you have any medical conditions, including but not limited to:
eye conditions (such as glaucoma and cataracts)
blood pressure is high.
stroke or heart attack history
if you are breastfeeding or pregnant
Dosage and Administration
There are two strengths of Xalatan: 0.005% and 0.02%. One drop in each eye, once daily, preferably in the evening, is the dosage that is advised.
Wash your hands before beginning to use Xalatan. Tilt your head back and remove the bottle's cap. Create a small pocket by slowly pulling down on your lower eyelid. Squeeze out one drop of the solution while holding the bottle up to your eye. For two minutes, keep your eye closed and gently press on the inner corner. The bottle's cap should be replaced.
Use a fresh tissue to wipe away any excess solution from your face. Avoid touching the bottle's tip to anything or your eye as this could contaminate the solution.
Some drugs, herbs, and supplements may interact with Xalatan. If you are taking any of the following, let your doctor know:
beta-blocking drugs, such as propranolol
drugs that lower blood pressure (such as ACE inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers)
specific diuretics (water pills);
This list of interactions is not exhaustive. Even if they don't seem to be related to Xalatan, make sure to tell your doctor about all the medications, herbs, and supplements you take.
The bloodstream absorbs Xalatan from the eye. It takes around two hours for it to reach its peak. Xalatan has a half-life of 18 to 24 hours, meaning it remains in the body for roughly one day.
Urine and feces are used by the body to expel xalatan. A dose is excreted roughly 60% in the urine and 40% in the feces.