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Tafluprost Ophthalmic drops, solution

It is used in the eye to treat open-angle glaucoma and high pressure in the eye.

Generic Name: Zioptan

What is this medicine?

TAFLUPROST (ta FLU prost) is used in the eye to treat open-angle glaucoma and high pressure in the eye.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

-eye disease, vision problems
-eye injury, infection, or swelling
-an unusual or allergic reaction to tafluprost, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
-pregnant or trying to get pregnant
-breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is only for use in the eye. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash hands before and after use. Use the drops immediately after opening the single-use unit. Tilt your head back slightly and pull your lower eyelid down with your index finger to form a pouch. Try not to touch the tip of the dropper or tube to your eye, fingertips, or other surface. Squeeze the prescribed number of drops into the pouch. Close the eye gently to spread the drops. Throw away the single-use unit after use. Do not use your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop using except on the advice of your doctor or health care professional. If you are using another eye product, wait at least 5 minutes between use of this medicine and the other eye product.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected. Do not use any other eye products without telling your doctor or health care professional.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

This medicine may cause dry eyes and blurred vision. If you wear contact lenses you may feel some discomfort. Lubricating drops may help. See your eye doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.

If you wear contact lenses, ask your doctor or health care professional when you can use your lenses again.

This medicine may cause your eye, eyelashes, and eyelids to change color. Tell your doctor or health care professional if this happens. If only one eye is being treated with this medicine, a difference may develop between the treated and untreated eye in eyelash length, darkness or thickness, and/or color changes of the eyelid skin or iris. These changes may be permanent.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

-allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
-changes in vision
-sensitivity to light
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):

-burning, stinging, or discomfort immediately after using the solution
-changes in eye, eyelash, or eyelid color
-cough
-dry eye
-eye pain
-headache


Last Updated: February 22, 2012
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