Travatan Z drops

Pronunciation

Generic Name: travoprost (TRAV-oh-prost)
Brand Name: Travatan Z

Travatan Z drops is used for:

Treating increased pressure in the eye (ocular hypertension) and open-angle glaucoma in patients who cannot use or do not respond to other medicines.

Travatan Z drops is a prostaglandin analog. It works to lower pressure in the eye by increasing fluid drainage from the eye.

Do NOT use Travatan Z drops if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Travatan Z drops
  • you have inflammation in the eye (eg, iritis, uveitis)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using Travatan Z drops:

Some medical conditions may interact with Travatan Z drops. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have swelling, infection, or injury of the eye, or you have a history of inflammation in the eye (eg, iritis, uveitis)
  • if you do not have a lens in your eye or have had the lens in your eye replaced
  • if you have other types of glaucoma (eg, narrow-angle, neovascular)
  • if you will be having eye surgery

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Travatan Z drops. However, no specific interactions with Travatan Z drops are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if Travatan Z drops may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Travatan Z drops:

Use Travatan Z drops as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Use Travatan Z drops in the evening unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
  • Remove contact lenses before you use Travatan Z drops; lenses may be placed back in the eyes 15 minutes after use of Travatan Z drops. Wash your hands before and after using Travatan Z drops.
  • Some brands of Travatan Z drops contain a chemical (benzalkonium chloride) that can be absorbed by contact lenses. Check with your pharmacist to see if your brand contains this chemical. If so, you will need to remove your contact lenses before you use Travatan Z drops; lenses may be placed back in the eyes 15 minutes after use of Travatan Z drops.
  • Wash your hands before and after using Travatan Z drops.
  • Tilt your head back. Using your index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch. Drop the medicine into the pouch and gently close your eyes. Immediately use your finger to apply pressure to the inside corner of the eyelid for 1 to 2 minutes. Do not blink. Remove excess medicine around your eye with a clean, dry tissue, being careful not to touch your eye. Wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them.
  • To prevent germs from contaminating your medicine, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface, including the eye. Keep the container tightly closed.
  • Use Travatan Z drops at least 5 minutes apart from any other medicine that you put in your eye.
  • Continue to use Travatan Z drops even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
  • If you miss a dose of Travatan Z drops, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Travatan Z drops.

Important safety information:

  • Travatan Z drops is for use in the eye only. Do not get it in your nose or mouth.
  • Travatan Z drops may cause blurred vision or make your eyes more sensitive to light. Use Travatan Z drops with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it. If your eyes become sensitive to light, wearing sunglasses may help.
  • Travatan Z drops may cause the colored part of your eye (iris) to turn brown. This change may be permanent. It may not be noticeable for several months to years. If it occurs, you will need to have regular eye examinations. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • Travatan Z drops may cause your eyelids and eyelashes to darken. This change may be reversible in some patients. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • Travatan Z drops may cause changes in the way that your eyelashes grow (eg, length, thickness, number of lashes). These changes are usually reversible after the medicine is stopped. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • Do NOT use more than the recommended dose without checking with your doctor.
  • If you will be having eye surgery, tell your doctor that you use Travatan Z drops.
  • Contact your doctor if you develop an eye infection or if you injure your eye.
  • Lab tests, including eye pressure, may be performed while you use Travatan Z drops. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Travatan Z drops should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 16 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Travatan Z drops while you are pregnant. It is not known if Travatan Z drops is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Travatan Z drops, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Travatan Z drops:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Bloodshot eyes; blurred vision; changes in eyelash growth; eye dryness, itching, or discomfort; feeling of having something in your eye; headache; increased tear production.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); chest pain; darkening of the eyelid or eye color; eye or eyelid crusting, discharge, inflammation, irritation, pain, or swelling; severe headache or dizziness; slow heartbeat; vision changes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Travatan Z drops:

Store Travatan Z drops between 36 and 77 degrees F (2 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Travatan Z drops out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Travatan Z drops, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Travatan Z drops is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Travatan Z drops or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Travatan Z drops. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Travatan Z drops. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Travatan Z drops.

Issue Date: April 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.2.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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