Xalatan Side Effects
Blurred vision, change in eye color, and red eyes are some of the most common side effects of Xalatan. Reactions that have been seen in 1 to 4 percent of people using the medication include dry eyes, eyelid crusting, and sensitivity to light. Rare but potentially serious problems include eye infections or any signs of an allergic reaction.
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Xalatan® (latanoprost ophthalmic solution). However, not everyone who takes the medication will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Xalatan. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
Xalatan has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials, in which the side effects of a group of people taking the drug are documented. As a result, it was possible to see what side effects occurred and how often they appeared.
In these studies, the most common reactions to Xalatan (occurring in 5 to 15 percent of people) included:
- Blurred vision
- Red eyes
- Feeling like something is stuck in the eye
- Change in eye color (especially a darkening of the eyes)
- Punctuate epithelial keratopathy (an eye condition involving damage or irritation to the cornea).
The change in eye color caused by Xalatan is permanent. People may also experience darkening of the eyelids, although this problem usually gets better once the medication is stopped. Eyelash changes (including darkening and increased thickness of the lashes) may also occur.
Other common Xalatan side effects (occurring in 1 to 4 percent of people) included:
- Dry eyes
- Tearing of the eye
- Eye pain
- Eyelid crusting
- Eyelid pain, swelling, or redness
- Sensitivity to light.