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Zioptan

Generic Name: Tafluprost ophthalmic [TA-floo-prost-off-THAL-mik]

Drug class: Ophthalmic glaucoma agents

What is Zioptan?

Zioptan decreases pressure inside the eye by enhancing the volume of fluid that drains out of the eye.Zioptan eye drops are utilised to treat glaucoma with an open angle or other causes of elevated pressure within the eye.Zioptan can also be used for reasons not mentioned in this guideline.

Warnings

Zioptan could cause a gradual change in the appearance of your eyes, eyelids, and lashes. The changes in colour can last even after the treatment has ended and can be seen only in the area of your eye that is being treated.

When taking Zioptan, consult your physician immediately if you suffer from any eye infection or injury, have sudden changes in vision, or have to undergo any type of surgery, particularly eye surgery.Contact your doctor immediately. If you experience eye irritation or redness, eyes that are itchy or watery, or a greater sensitivity of your eyes to light,

Before making use of Zioptan

Zioptan is not recommended if you have an allergy to the chemical tafluprost.Zioptan can cause a gradual change in the hue of your eyes, or the lashes and eyelids, and also an increase in the growth or thickness of your eyelashes. These changes in colour, typically an increase in the brown pigment, are gradual, and you might not be aware of the changes for months or even years. The changes in colour can last even after the treatment has ended and could only occur within the eye that is being treated. It could cause a difference in the appearance of your eye or the colour of your eyelashes from one eye to another.

To ensure Zioptan is not harmful to you, inform your doctor whether you suffer from:

  • Uveitis;
  • Any infection or swelling within or around your eye;
  • A tear and/or missing the natural lens of the eye.

FDA pregnant category C. It is unclear whether Zioptan could harm an unborn baby. Make sure you use effective birth control and inform your doctor if you become pregnant while receiving treatment.

It isn't known if it is possible to introduce tafluprost into breast milk or whether it can harm the nursing infant. Consult your physician if you are breastfeeding a baby.

Don't offer Zioptan to anyone younger than 18 years old without medical guidance.

How to take Zioptan?

Make use of Zioptan Eue drops exactly according to the prescription of your doctor. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Don't use this medication in greater or lesser amounts or for a longer period than prescribed.

Utilising more Zioptan than is prescribed does not help the condition of your body and can cause the medicine to become less effective.Wash your hands thoroughly prior to applying these eye drops.

To apply eye drops:

  • Turn your head slightly back and then pull back the lower eyelid, creating a small pouch. Keep the Zioptan dropper in front of your eye, with the tip facing towards the side. Take a look towards the sky, far away from the dropper. Then squeeze one drop.
  • Keep your eyes closed for about 2 or 3 minutes with your head tilted down without blinking or squinting. Press your finger gently against the inside of your eye for approximately one minute to prevent the liquid from draining out of the tear duct.
  • At least 5 minutes before applying the other drops for your eyes that your physician has recommended.

Each bottle that can be used only once is only for one usage (in either eye or both at a time). The eye drop bottle should be thrown to the side after one use, regardless of whether there is any remaining medicine in it following the use of the drops for your eyes.

Inform your doctor immediately if you notice any eye infection, injury, or sudden changes in your vision, or if you are required to undergo any kind of surgery, particularly eye surgery.Storage of unopened boxes of Zioptan or foil pouches in the fridge Do not keep them in the freezer.

After opening the foil pouch, you can store this medication at room temperature, away from humidity and heat. After the pouch has been opened, you are able to make use of Zioptan eye drops within 28 days.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Utilise the dose you missed immediately after you recall. Beware of missed doses when you are near the time for your next dosage. Avoid taking any extra medication in order to make up for the dose you missed.

What happens if I overdose?

A dose of Zioptan isn't expected to pose a risk. You should seek medical attention in an emergency or contact the Poison Helpline at 1-800-222-1222 if you have accidentally swallowed the drug.

Avoid this

Do not take any other eye medication unless your doctor directs you to.

Side effects of Zioptan

See a doctor immediately. If you experience any of the following symptoms that indicate an allergic reaction to Zioptan: hives, trouble breathing, and swelling of your lips, face, and throat,

Stop taking Zioptan and contact your doctor immediately if you suffer from:

  • Eye redness or pain;
  • Eyes that are watery or itchy;
  • An increase in sensitivity to light
  • Extreme redness or burning in the eyes following the use of drops.

Common Zioptan adverse effects could include:

  • Mild eye discomfort;
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry eyes.

This isn't an exhaustive list of possible side effects, and other side effects could occur. Consult your physician to seek medical advice on adverse effects. You can report any side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Interaction with other drugs

It is unlikely that other medications you take in the form of injections or orally will affect the eye with tafluprost. However, many medications can interact with each other. Inform your health professionals about all medicines you are taking, such as prescription and non-prescription medicines as well as vitamins and herbal remedies.