Travatan

Generic Name: Travoprost Ophthalmic solution

Travatan is a prescription medicine approved to lower eye pressure in people with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension. It works by opening the channels that allow fluid to leave the eye. Travatan comes in the form of an eye drop that is typically applied once daily. It should only be used when other medications for treating high eye pressure have failed. Travatan has the active ingredient of travoprost ophthalmic solution which is a prescription eye drop used to decrease eye pressure in people.

Travatan is used for treating high eye pressure and open-angle glaucoma. It is a prescription eyedrop approved to decrease eye pressure in people with these conditions to help prevent damage to the optic nerve. Healthcare providers may also sometimes recommend the drug to treat other types of glaucoma. There are currently no approved Travatan uses for children. Travatan is also available in the label of Travatan Z.

How to Use Travatan Eye Drops

  • The medication comes in the form of an eyedrop. It is usually taken once a day in the evening.
  • If you use other eyedrops, make sure to separate your Travatan dosage from the other eyedrops by at least five minutes.
  • If you wear contacts, remove them before using the medication and wait at least 15 minutes before putting them back in.
  • Always wash your hands thoroughly before using Travatan.
  • Gently pull your lower eyelid down with a finger (most people find that their middle fingers work best) to create a small pocket. Without actually touching the dropper to the eye, squeeze the bottle to place one drop into the lower eyelid.
  • Keep the bottle free of contamination by avoiding touching the tip to anything, including your eye, hands, or any surfaces.

Cautions before Use Travatan Eye Drops

  • Travatan can cause increased pigmentation or darkening of certain tissues. It can cause a darkening of the iris (the colored part) of the eyes, the eyelids, and the eyelashes.
  • There have been reports of macular edema (swelling of the macula of the eye) in some people who took Travatan.
  • Travatan can also cause longer and thicker eyelashes, as well as eyelashes that grow in wrong directions.
  • There have been a few cases of bacterial keratitis which is a dangerous infection of the cornea of the eye that can quickly lead to blindness in people who use Travatan.

Travatan Eye Drops Side Effects

The side effects which may arise due to the usage of Travatan are as follows:

  • Less clear or sharp vision
  • Eye discomfort or pain
  • Feeling like something is stuck in the eye
  • Eye itching
  • Vision changes
  • Inflammation of the eyelids
  • Blurred vision
  • Cataracts
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Dry eyes
  • Crusting of the eyelids
  • Eye sensitivity to light
  • Darkening of the iris (the colored part of the eye) to a brown color
  • Inflammation of the cornea of the eye

Travatan Eye Drops Interactions and Overdose

Travatan may react with any other eye drops and no drugs have been found in reacting with this medicine.

A long-term overdose of Travatan may possibly lead to high blood pressure or worsened glaucoma. Treatment for a Travatan overdose will most likely involve supportive medical care.

 

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