Travoprost (Into The Eye)
Reduces pressure inside the eye that is caused by glaucoma.
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:
You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to travoprost or benzalkonium chloride, or if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
How to Use This Medicine:
- Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
- Wash your hands before and after using the medicine.
- Remove contact lenses before using this medicine. Wait at least 15 minutes after using this medicine before putting the contact lenses back in.
- Lie down or tilt your head back. With your index finger, pull down the lower lid of your eye to form a pocket. 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.
- Never share your medicine with anyone.
If a dose is missed:
- If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose.
- Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:
- Keep the bottle upright when you are not using it.
- Store the medicine at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Throw away the container and any unused medicine 6 weeks after opening the package.
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid:
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Do not use other eye drops within 5 minutes before or 5 minutes after putting travoprost drops into your eyes.
Warnings While Using This Medicine:
- Using this medicine while you are pregnant may cause you to have a miscarriage. Use an effective form of birth control to keep from getting pregnant. If you think you have become pregnant while using the medicine, tell your doctor.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, liver disease, an eye infection, lens problems, or other eye problems.
- If you hurt your eye, develop an eye infection, or need to have eye surgery, talk with your doctor right away. You may need to change your medicine or stop using it.
- This medicine may make your eyes or eyelids permanently darker. It may also make your eyelashes permanently thicker or longer. These changes happen slowly, so you may not notice them for months or even years. If you are using this medicine in only one eye, only that eye will change. Tell your doctor if you notice any of these changes.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Discharge from the eye
- Increased vision problems
- Redness, pain, itching, or swelling of the eye or eyelid
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Mild eye discomfort or feeling that something is in your eye
- Mild itching or redness of the eye
Revision date: July 7, 2011
Last revised: by Sebastian Scheller, MD, ScD
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