What Travoprost is used for:
Travoprost is a medication that is used to decrease high pressure of the eye in children aged 2 months and above, adolescents and adults.
An increase in your eye pressure may lead to glaucoma (increased pressure in the eye that can lead to loss of vision).
Travoprost may be used alone or in combination with other eye drops (e.g. beta-blockers), that also help in reducing eye pressure.
Do not use Travoprost:
If you are allergic to Travoprost or any of the ingredients in this medicine.
Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
Warnings and Precautions:
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you develop allergic reactions such as shortness of breath, skin rash, swelling of the face or neck, decreased blood pressure and dizziness.
This medication may cause changes in your eye color, eyelashes and their growth, length, thickness, color, direction and number.
Change in your eye color may increase during your treatment. Color changes may not be noticed until months or years have passed. Once you stop using this medication, the color change of your eye is expected to be permanent, unlike the eyelashes and periorbital area (area around the eyes) that are expected to gain their original color.
This medicine may be absorbed by your skin.
Make sure that you avoid contact of the eye drop with your skin. If this happens, wash it off immediately especially if you are pregnant or plan to get pregnant.
This product has hydrogenated castor oil and propylene glycol which may lead to irritation and skin reactions.
This medicine may rarely cause shortness of breath or wheezing or worsen the symptoms of asthma (respiratory problem that causes difficulty in breathing and wheezing).
Talk to your doctor immediately if you notice any changes in your breathing pattern.
Make sure to remove contact lenses before the administration of the eye drop. You can wear your contact lenses again after at least 15 minutes of applying your eye drop.
Avoid contact of the eye drop tip with your eye to prevent bacterial contamination.
Seek your physician advice if you have a planned surgery (e.g. cataract surgery).
If you are using more than one eye drop solution, make sure to administer each at least five minutes apart.
Talk to your doctor before starting this medicine if you have eye inflammation.
Possible side effects:
Very common side effects include redness of the eye.
Common side effects include eye pain, eye discomfort, dry eye, eye irritation, changes in the color of the iris and eye itching.
Uncommon side effects include corneal disorder, eye discharge and tearing, light sensitivity, eyelid itching, inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva, eye inflammation, eyelid crusting, clouding of the eye, abnormal turning outward of the lower eyelid, iris inflammation, inflammation inside the eye, eye surface inflammation with or without surface damage, blurred vision, eyelids inflammation, eyelid redness, growth of eyelashes, swelling around the eye, headaches, skin darkening, hair growth, increased allergic signs, irregular heartbeat, abnormal hair texture, stuffy nose, darkening of the skin around the eye, cough and throat irritation.
The most common side effects seen with the use of this medicine in children and adolescents are growth of eyelashes and eye redness.
Other medicines and Travoprost:
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medications including eye drops.
If you are using more than one eye drop solution, make sure to administer each at least five minutes apart to avoid precipitation of the eye drop.
How to apply Travoprost:
Recommended dose is one drop in the affected eye(s) once daily at night.
Do not apply your eye drops in both eyes unless prescribed by your doctor.
The recommended dose in children 2 months of age and older is the same as the one recommended for adults.
Use of this medicine is not recommended in children under 2 months of age.
How To Use:
Use your medicine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Tear open the overwrap pouch of the bottle right before using it for the first time and write the date of opening on the carton in the space provided.
Wash your hands. Uncap the bottle. Tilt your head (or your child’s head) slightly backward and pull down the lower eyelid making a pocket.
Keep the bottle above the eye with the tip facing down. Look upward and away from the bottle.
Avoid contact of the eye drop tip with your eye or other surfaces to prevent bacterial contamination which may lead to eye infection and serious eye damage.
Then press on the container to release a drop. Let go of the lower eyelid and keep the eyes closed for 1 minute.
If an eye drop is missed, repeat the steps. Wipe off any excess drops from your cheeks (or your child’s cheeks).
Repeat the steps for the other eye if your doctor told you to apply your medicine in both eyes.
Close the bottle cap tightly when you are done using it.
Contact your doctor if you suspect that your eye drop is contaminated.
You should use only one bottle at a time.
Space your eye drops by at least 5 minutes.
Use at the same time every day.
How to store Travoprost:
Discard the bottle 4 weeks after its opening even if it is not empty and use a new bottle.
Write down the date at which you opened the bottle (for the first time) on the available space of the carton box.
Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
This medicine does not require any special storage conditions.
Do not use beyond the expiry date mentioned on the box.
Keep away from light.
Do not dispose in the wastewater or household waste.
Ask your pharmacist how you can dispose medicines you no longer need.