Travoprost | Side Effects, Dosage, Uses & More
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Generic Name:

travoprost, Ophthalmic solution

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  • Travatan
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Highlights for travoprost

Ophthalmic solution
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Travoprost is used to treat open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension (high blood pressure in the eye). Both of these conditions are caused by an increase of pressure in the eye. This can cause eye pain or vision changes, such as vision loss, blind spots, or blurry vision.

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Travoprost comes in the form of an ophthalmic solution, or eye drop.

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Travoprost is available as a brand-name drug called Travatan Z. It’s also available as a generic drug.

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The more common side effects of this drug include eye pain or irritation, blurry vision, dry eyes, tears coming from the eye, or headache.

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In some cases, travoprost can cause serious side effects. These can include blurry vision, pink eye, or redness or swelling of the eyelid. This drug can also make your eyes more sensitive to light.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Darkening of eyes and lashes

Travoprost eye drops can darken the color of your eye, or turn it brown. It can also darken the skin around your eye, or cause your eyelashes to grow longer, thicker, or darker in color. These changes usually occur slowly, and they can be permanent. If you only use travoprost in one eye, that eye may look different from your other eye. Call your doctor if you notice any such changes.

Contact lenses

If you wear contact lenses, be sure to remove them before you use travoprost eye drops. Don’t put your contacts back in until at least 15 minutes after you used your eye drops.

Eye infection

Avoid touching the tip of the eye dropper to your eye, fingers, or any other surface. This helps prevent germs from getting onto the eye dropper. If your eye drops become contaminated, this raises your risk of eye infection. An infection could lead to serious damage to your eye and vision loss.

Eye problems

Travoprost may cause macular edema. With this condition, fluid builds up in the eye and causes it to swell. This can damage your vision. You are at higher risk of this problem if you have a history of macular edema or other eye problems. If you have a history of eye problems, talk with your doctor before using this drug.

What is travoprost?

Travoprost is a prescription drug. It comes in the form of an ophthalmic solution, or eye drop.

Travoprost is available as a brand-name drug called Travatan Z. It’s also available as a generic drug. Generic drugs usually cost less. In some cases, they may not be available in every strength or form as the brand-name version. Talk to your doctor to see if the generic version will work for you.

Travoprost may be used as part of a combination therapy. This means you may need to take it with other medications.

Why it's used

Travoprost is used to treat open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension (high blood pressure in the eye). Both of these conditions are caused by an increase in pressure in the eye. This can cause eye pain or vision changes such as vision loss, blind spots, or blurry vision.

How it works

Travoprost belongs to a class of drugs called prostaglandin inhibitors. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.

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How it works

Travoprost belongs to a class of drugs called prostaglandin inhibitors. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.

Travoprost helps lower the pressure in your eyes by increasing the natural flow of fluids out of your eye. This helps prevent fluid from building up in your eye and causing too much pressure.

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travoprost Side Effects

Ophthalmic solution

More Common Side Effects

The more common side effects of travoprost can include:

  • eye pain or irritation

  • blurry vision

  • dry eyes

  • headache

If these effects are mild, they may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Serious Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you have serious side effects. Call 9-1-1 if your symptoms feel life-threatening or if you think you’re having a medical emergency. Serious side effects and their symptoms can include the following:

  • Eye sensitivity to light

  • Blurry vision

  • Pink eye (an infection of the eye and inner eyelid). Symptoms can include:

    • eye itching or redness
    • tearing or crusting in the eye
  • Redness or swelling of the eyes

Pharmacist's Advice
Healthline Pharmacist Editorial Team

Travoprost doesn’t cause drowsiness.

Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs affect each person differently, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible side effects. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always discuss possible side effects with a healthcare provider who knows your medical history.
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travoprost May Interact with Other Medications

Ophthalmic solution

An interaction is when a substance changes the way a drug works. This can be harmful or prevent the drug from working well. To help prevent interactions, your doctor should manage all of your medications carefully. Be sure to tell your doctor about all medications, vitamins, or herbs you’re taking.

To find out how travoprost might interact with something else you’re taking, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs interact differently in each person, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible interactions. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always speak with your healthcare provider about possible interactions with all prescription drugs, vitamins, herbs and supplements, and over-the-counter drugs that you are taking.
Travoprost warnings
People with eye swelling or inflammation
People with eye swelling or inflammation

Travoprost can cause macular edema. With this condition, fluid builds up in the eye and causes it to swell. This can damage your vision. You are at higher risk of this side effect if you have a history of macular edema or other eye problems. If you have a history of eye problems, talk with your doctor about whether this drug is safe for you.

Pregnant women
Pregnant women

Travoprost is a category C pregnancy drug. That means two things:

  1. Research in animals has shown adverse effects to the fetus when the mother takes the drug.
  2. There haven’t been enough studies done in humans to be certain how the drug might affect the fetus.

Talk to your doctor if you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant. This drug should only be used if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.

Women who are breast-feeding
Women who are breast-feeding

There is a small chance that travoprost may pass into breast milk and cause side effects in a child who is breast-fed. If you breast-feed your child, talk with your doctor about whether this drug is safe for you.

For children
For children

This medication hasn’t been studied in children. It shouldn’t be used in people younger than 16 years.

When to call the doctor
When to call the doctor

Call your doctor if:

  • You become pregnant while taking this drug.
  • You notice any changes in your vision, abnormally red eyes, or pain in or around your eyes.
  • You develop an eye infection, or injure your eye in any way.
  • You need to have any type of eye surgery.
Allergies
Allergies

Travoprost can cause a severe allergic reaction. Symptoms can include:

  • trouble breathing
  • swelling of your throat or tongue

If you have an allergic reaction, call your doctor or local poison control center right away. If your symptoms are severe, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Don’t take this drug again if you’ve ever had an allergic reaction to it.Taking it again could be fatal (cause death).

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How to Take travoprost (Dosage)

Ophthalmic solution

All possible dosages and drug forms may not be included here. Your dosage, drug form, and how often you take the drug will depend on:

  • your age
  • the condition being treated
  • how severe your condition is
  • other medical conditions you have
  • how you react to the first dose

What are you taking this medication for?

Open-angle glaucoma

Generic: Travoprost

Form: ophthalmic solution 0.004%

Brand: Travatan Z

Form: ophthalmic solution 0.004%
Adult dosage (ages 16 years and older):
  • Typical dosage: One drop in the affected eye(s) once daily in the evening.
Child dosage:

This medication hasn’t been studied in children. It shouldn’t be used in people younger than 16 years.

Dosage Warnings:

If you’re using another kind of eye drop in addition to travoprost, wait at least 5 minutes between using each drug

Ocular hypertension

Generic: Travoprost

Form: ophthalmic solution 0.004%

Brand: Travatan Z

Form: ophthalmic solution 0.004%
Adult dosage (ages 16 years and older):
  • Typical dosage: One drop in the affected eye(s) once daily in the evening.
Child dosage:

This medication hasn’t been studied in children. It shouldn’t be used in people younger than 16 years.

Dosage Warnings:

If you’re using another kind of eye drop in addition to travoprost, wait at least 5 minutes between using each drug

Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs affect each person differently, we cannot guarantee that this list includes all possible dosages. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always to speak with your doctor or pharmacist about dosages that are right for you.
Pharmacist's Advice
Healthline Pharmacist Editorial Team

Travoprost comes with serious risks if you don’t take it as prescribed.

If you stop taking the drug suddenly or don’t take it at all

The pressure level in your eyes may rise. If your eye pressure level is high and not controlled for a long time, you can have serious complications, including vision loss.

If you miss doses or don’t take the drug on schedule

Your medication may not work as well or may stop working completely. For this drug to work well, a certain amount needs to be in your body at all times.

If you take too much

Don’t use travoprost more than once a day. Using it more often can make the drug less able to lower the pressure in your eyes. Also, if you use travoprost too often, you could have dangerous levels of the drug in your body. Symptoms of an overdose of this drug can include eye irritation or redness.

If you think you’ve used too much of this drug, call your doctor or local poison control center. If your symptoms are severe, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room right away.

What to do if you miss a dose

Take your dose as soon as you remember. But if you remember just a few hours before your next scheduled dose, take only one dose. Never try to catch up by taking two doses at once. This could result in dangerous side effects.

How to tell if the drug is working

Your symptoms should improve. Your doctor will likely test the pressure in your eyes to see if the drug is working.

Travoprost is used for long-term treatment.

Important considerations for taking travoprost
Timing
Travoprost should be used once daily in the evening
Storage
Store this drug carefully
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Refillable? – Yes or No
A prescription for this medication is refillable
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Travel
Travel
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Self-management
Self-management
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Clinical monitoring
Clinical monitoring
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Not usually stocked
Not every pharmacy stocks this drug. When filling your prescription, be sure to call ahead.
Insurance
Insurance
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Store this drug carefully

  • Store travoprost at a temperature between 36°F and 77°F (2°C and 25°C).
  • Keep this drug away from light.

A prescription for this medication is refillable

You should not need a new prescription for this medication to be refilled. Your doctor will write the number of refills authorized on your prescription.

Travel

When traveling with your medication

  • Always carry your medication with you. When flying, never put it into a checked bag. Keep it in your carry-on bag.
  • Don’t worry about airport x-ray machines. They can’t hurt your medication.
  • You may need to show airport staff the pharmacy label for your medication. Always carry the original prescription-labeled box with you.
  • Don’t put this medication in your car’s glove compartment or leave it in the car. Be sure to avoid doing this when the weather is very hot or very cold.

Self-management

  • Your doctor or pharmacist can tell you how to use travoprost eye drops.
  • Don’t use travoprost more than once per day. If you use it more often, it won’t work as well to treat your condition.

Clinical monitoring

Your doctor will monitor the amount of pressure in your eye(s). This will help make sure it’s within the range your doctor feels is best for you. It will also tell if this medication is working.

Insurance

Many insurance companies require a prior authorization for this drug. This means your doctor may need to get approval from your insurance company before your insurance company will pay for the prescription.

Are there any alternatives?

There are other drugs available to treat your condition. Some may be better suited for you than others. Talk to your doctor about other drug options that may work for you.

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Content developed in collaboration with University of Illinois-Chicago, Drug Information Group

Medically reviewed by Creighton University, Center for Drug Information and Evidence-Based Practice on November 13, 2015

Disclaimer: Healthline has made every effort to make certain that all information is factually correct, comprehensive, and up-to-date. However, this article should not be used as a substitute for the knowledge and expertise of a licensed healthcare professional. You should always consult your doctor or other healthcare professional before taking any medication. The drug information contained herein is subject to change and is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. The absence of warnings or other information for a given drug does not indicate that the drug or drug combination is safe, effective, or appropriate for all patients or all specific uses.
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