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General Information on Latanoprost

Generic Name : Latanoprost

Pronunciation : la ta' noe prost

Latest prescription information about Latanoprost. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y56.5 | Therapeutic Classification : Miscellaneous Ophthalmics

Trade Names/Brand Names of Latanoprost

Why is Latanoprost Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is prostaglandin analog, prescribed for open angle glaucoma and increased eye pressure, which can lead to a gradual loss of vision. It binds to a specific receptor for prostaglandin, increases the flow of aqueous humor out of the eye, thereby reducing the pressure within the eye and reducing the risk of nerve damage and blindness.  

When should Latanoprost not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Known hypersensitivity to latanoprost, benzalkonium chloride or any other ingredients in this product.

What is the dosage of Latanoprost?

Ophthalmic- Instill 1 drop (1.5 mcg) in affected eye(s) once daily in the evening.

How should Latanoprost be taken?

It comes as a solution to instill in the affected eyes, as directed by your physician.

What are the warnings and precautions for Latanoprost?

Do not use within 5 min of thiomersal-containing preparations.

Caution needed for patients with history of aphakia (absence of lens of the eye) or pseudophakia with torn posterior lens cap or anterior chamber lenses, risk factors for cystoid macular oedema, brittle or severe asthma, history of intraocular inflammation, neovascular, angle-closure or congenital glaucoma, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

It may cause blurred vision, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Latanoprost?

  Heart: Chest pain.
  Skin: Rash/allergic skin reaction.
  Eye: Latanoprost may affect the eyelids causing redness, swelling, pain, crusting or darkening, eyelashes causing change in hair and misdirecting eyelashes. Besides, it may also cause eye inflammation, damage to the cornea, iris and retina. The medication may cause symptoms like blurring of vision, increased dryness, redness, pain, foreign body sensation and itching.
  Respiratory: Upper respiratory tract infection, cold, flu, asthma/exacerbation of asthma, difficulty in breathing.
  Miscellaneous: Muscle/joint/back pain.

What are the other precautions for Latanoprost?

If using other topical ophthalmic drugs, separate each medication by at least 5 min.
Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Latanoprost?

Ophthalmic: Store unopened at 2-8C and at <25C for up to 6 week after opening. Store it in an airtight container and keep away from children.

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john37, Singapore

I have been prescribed Xalatan Latanoprost 0.005% Solution by my eye specialist. Since Heart [Chest Pain] is a known side effect, can you tell me whether it will cause heart seizure in other words heart attack or failure, though I do not have heart disease of any kind.

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