Travoprost (Into the eye)
Treats glaucoma or hypertension in the eye.
Travatan, Travatan Z
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
How to Use This Medicine
- Take your medicine as directed.
- Remove contact lenses before you use this medicine. Wait at least 15 minutes before you put the contact lenses back in.
- Wash your hands with soap and water before and after using this medicine.
- Shake the eye drops well just before each use.
- Lie down or tilt your head back. With your index finger, pull down the lower lid of your eye to form a pocket.
- To use the eye drops: Hold the dropper close to your eye with the other hand. Drop the correct number of drops into the pocket made between your lower lid and eyeball. Gently close your eyes. Place your index finger over the inner corner of your eye for 1 minute. Do not rinse or wipe the dropper or allow it to touch anything, including your eye. Put the cap on the bottle right away. Keep the bottle upright when you are not using it.
- Wait at least 5 minutes before you put any other eyedrops in the same eye.
- Missed dose: Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
- Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have an eye infection, injury, or inflammation, or other eye problems.
- This medicine may cause the iris (colored part of the eye) of your treated eye to darken or turn brown. The skin of your eyelid may also darken. Your eyelashes may grow longer and darken. Some of these changes may be permanent, even if you stop using the medicine.
- Your doctor will check your progress and the effects of this medicine at regular visits. Keep all appointments.
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Changes in vision
- Redness, pain, itching, or swelling of the eye or eyelid
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Feeling that something is in your eye
- Mild itching, burning, pain, or redness of the eye
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
- Last reviewed on 8/4/2014
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