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Generic name: latanoprost ophthalmic [la-TAN-oh-prost]
The brand names are Xalatan and Xelpros.
Classification of drugs: ophthalmic glaucoma agents

What is Xelpros?

Xelpros (for the eye) is used to manage specific kinds of glaucoma and other conditions that cause high pressure in the eye.

Xelpros could be used for other purposes not mentioned in this guideline.

Side effects of Xelpros

See a doctor immediately. If you are experiencing symptoms that indicate an allergic reaction, such as symptoms of hives, difficulty breathing, and swelling of your lips, face, and throat,

Latanoprost could cause severe adverse effects. Stop using the drug and consult your physician immediately. If you suffer from:

  • Eye swelling, redness, intense discomfort, crusting, or dripping (which may be indicators of an infection)
  • Eyelids that are red, swollen, or itchy.
  • Your eyes might become more sensitive to the light.
  • Vision change vision changes
  • Extreme burning, stinging, or irritation after the use of Xelpros.

Common negative effects of Xelpros include:

  • Eyes with watery eyes
  • Itchy eyes;
  • Puffy eyes;
  • Burning, stinging, or redness of the eyes;
  • Blurred vision
  • You feel like something is visible in your eyes.
  • Your eyes could have a greater sensitivity to light.
  • Darkened eye color,
  • Eyelash thicknessening.

There isn't an exhaustive description of the various negative results. Others could happen. Contact your doctor for advice regarding medical effects. If you experience any adverse negative effects to the FDA by calling 1-800-FDA-1088.


Follow the directions on the prescription label and review all medication guides and instruction sheets. Discuss with your doctor if you are taking other medicines or suffer from any other medical condition or allergies.

Before you take this drug

You shouldn't use Xelpros when you are allergic to latanoprost or benzalkonium chloride.

Consult your doctor in the event that you've had:

  • An infection or swelling in your eye.
  • Eye herpes infection;
  • Retinal detachment,
  • Eye surgical procedure or any injury that impacts your lenses.

Xelpros is not a product that has been approved to be used by anyone younger than 18 years old.

Xelpros can cause a gradual change in the color of your eyes, eyelids, lashes, and eyes, typically a rise in the brown color. There may be an increase in the size or thickness of your eyelashes. The changes happen slowly, and you may not be able to notice them for months or even years. Color changes can be permanent even after treatment is finished and can only be noticed in the affected eye. It could cause a difference in the appearance of your eye or eyelash color, varying from one eye to another.

Consult your physician if you are nursing or pregnant.

How to take Xelpros?

Follow the instructions on the prescription label and review all medication guides and instruction sheets. Follow the medication precisely as directed.

The recommended dosage of this medication is one drop in the affected eye every night. Follow the instructions of your doctor for dosing with care.

Do not use them if you wear contacts that are soft. The preservative contained in this medication can permanently stain your lenses. Make sure you wait up to 15 minutes prior to inserting the contact lens.

Cleanse your hands prior to applying eye medications.

To apply eye drops:

  • Turn your head slightly back and then pull the lower eyelid, creating small pockets. Keep the dropper over the eye, with the tip towards the lower. Take a look towards the sky, far away from the dropper, and squeeze one drop.
  • You can close your eyes for two or three minutes with your head tilted down without blinking or squinting. Make sure to gently press your finger on the inner corner of the eye for approximately one minute to prevent the fluid from draining into the tear duct.
  • Give yourself at least 5 minutes prior to using any eye drops.

Don't put your finger on the tip of the dropper or put it directly in your eyes. A dropper that is contaminated could affect your eye and cause serious vision issues.

Contact your doctor immediately if you've suffered an eye injury or infection or intend to undergo surgery for your eyes.

Unopened bottles that contain latanoprost eye drops in the refrigerator. Don't freeze it.

After the first time you use them, After the first time, keep your eye drops in a cool, dry place away from heat, moisture, and light. Close the bottle when not using it. Remove the medicine once six months have passed since you first opened your bottle.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Don't miss the dose you missed, and then take the next dose at the normal time. Don't take two doses at the same time.

What happens if I overdose?

A dose of Xelpros isn't likely to pose a danger. You should seek medical attention in an emergency or contact the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 in the event that anyone has accidentally swallowed the drug.

What should be avoided?

Do not use too much Xelpros; that could cause it to be less effective in reducing pressure in the eye.

Do not use any other eye medications unless your physician recommends them.

Interaction with other drugs

The eye medicine is unlikely to be affected by any other medications you take. However, there are many drugs that interact with each other. Discuss with your doctor your current medications, such as prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.