Latanoprost review

Latanoprost is a topical medication that is used to control certain eye conditions such as glaucoma and ocular hypertension. It is prescribed to reduce the intraocular pressure, which when left untreated may cause vision loss.

Latanoprost is made available by Pfizer under the brand name Xalatan. It is one of the most in demand topical eye treatments garnering less than $2 billion sales each year.

Latanoprost is prescribed to control glaucoma and ocular hypertension but not treat them. When used under such conditions, Latanoprost is expected to slow down or stop the affects. Latanoprost works by increasing the aqueous fluid outflow from the eyes, relieving the intraocular pressure in the process.

Latanoprost is usually prescribed once a day, to be used on the infected eye before bedtime. Since it will be in direct contact with your eyes, you must ensure cleanliness when applying it. Wash your hands before and after Latanoprost use. If you can ask somebody administer the eyedrops, much better. Just make sure that he will observe cleanliness as well before applying the medication. Place the tip of Latanoprost as close to your eyelid as possible while your head is tilted and the tip is faced down. After application, keep your eye closed for three to five minutes to ensure that your eye absorbs the medication. After use, tighten the cap to avoid contamination.

If you are using Latanoprost along with other eye drops, make sure that you space the application for at least five minutes. Do not stop using Latanoprost without direct instructions from your doctor.

Latanoprost may cause mild to severe side effects. Commonly, it may bring about reddening of the eyes, a burning sensation during use, thickening of the eyelashes, and blurred vision. Such side effects do not usually cause an alarm unless they persist or become worse. If you feel that your Latanoprost produces more discomforts than you can handle, talk to your doctor. You may need an adjustment in dosage or a different medication therapy altogether.

It is advisable that you keep all your doctor’s appointments before and while you are taking a Latanoprost medication. Your eyes will be checked periodically to check your responses on Latanoprost. You will also be checked for other health conditions that may be relative to your Latanoprost use.

Also, note that you need to remove your contact lenses before applying Latanoprost. You can put your contacts back only after you are sure that your eyes have absorbed the medication and that they have rested. Tell your doctor as well about prescription and non-prescription medicines that you are currently using. Topical eye medications that you will be using along with Latanoprost must be approved by your doctor. This is important to ensure that drug interactions are kept in check.

Do not use other people’s prescriptions even if you are experiencing the same symptoms as them. The amount of Latanoprost to be used and for how long you should use it depends solely on the findings and diagnosis of your doctor, including your responses to the drug.

Latanoprost has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of latanoprost

• Molecular formula of latanoprost is C26H40O5
• Chemical IUPAC Name is propan-2-yl 7-[3,5-dihydroxy-2-(3-hydroxy-5-phenyl-pentyl)-cyclopentyl]hept-5-enoate
• Molecular weight is 432.593 g/mol

Brand name(s): Xalacom, Xalatan

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