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Xalatan Warnings and Precautions

Tell your healthcare provider about all existing medical conditions you have before using Xalatan. Warnings and precautions for the medication should also be discussed with your healthcare provider, as it is important to know what side effects may occur with the eye drop (such as changes in eye color, swelling, or infection). You should not use Xalatan if you are allergic to benzalkonium chloride.

Xalatan: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Xalatan® (latanoprost ophthalmic solution) if you:
 
  • Have iritis or uveitis (inflammatory eye conditions)
  • Have any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives
  • Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding.
     
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 

Specific Precautions and Warnings for Xalatan

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Xalatan include the following:
 
  • Xalatan can cause increased pigmentation (darkening) of certain tissues. It can cause a darkening of the iris (the colored part) of the eyes, the eyelids, and the eyelashes. While darkening of the eyelids and eyelashes usually improves after Xalatan is stopped, eye darkening is usually permanent. This eye darkening is most noticeable in people with light-colored eyes (such as blue eyes), as Xalatan tends to make the eyes more brown. These changes are not dangerous, and you can keep using Xalatan if they occur.
     
  • Xalatan can also cause longer and thicker eyelashes, as well as eyelashes that grow in the wrong directions.
     
  • Make sure your healthcare provider knows if you have a history of iritis or uveitis (certain inflammatory conditions of the eye). In general, Xalatan should be avoided if you currently have eye inflammation.
     
  • There have been reports of macular edema (swelling of the macula of the eye) in some people who took Xalatan. Be sure to let your healthcare provider know if you have any vision changes, as they may be a sign of macular edema.
     
  • Xalatan is not approved for angle closure glaucoma, inflammatory glaucoma, or neovascular glaucoma, as it has not been thoroughly studied for these types of glaucoma.
     
  • There have been a few cases of bacterial keratitis (a dangerous infection of the cornea of the eye that can quickly lead to blindness) in people who use eye drops. These cases were caused by accidental contamination of the eye drops by the users, who usually already had some damage or disease of the cornea. It is very important to prevent contamination of the bottle. Never touch the tip of the bottle with your eye, hands, or any other surfaces.
     
  • If you develop any eye condition or require eye surgery, let your healthcare provider know. You may be advised to temporarily stop taking Xalatan.
     
  • If you wear contact lenses, you must take them out before using Xalatan and wait at least 15 minutes before re-inserting them.
     
  • Wait at least five minutes in between using Xalatan and any other eye drops.
     
  • Xalatan can potentially interact with a few other medications (see Xalatan Drug Interactions).
     
  • Xalatan is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not currently known (see Xalatan and Pregnancy).
     
  • It is unknown whether Xalatan passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Xalatan and Breastfeeding).
     

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