Latanoprost and Timolol
Generic name: Latanoprost and Timolol [ la-TA-noe-prost-& TIM-oh-lol ]
Drug class: Ophthalmic glaucoma agents
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Mar 14, 2023.
Uses of Latanoprost and Timolol:
- It is used to treat glaucoma.
- It is used to lower high eye pressure.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Latanoprost and Timolol?
For all patients taking latanoprost and timolol:
- If you have an allergy to latanoprost, timolol, or any other part of latanoprost and timolol.
- If you are allergic to latanoprost and timolol; any part of latanoprost and timolol; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
- If you have any of these health problems: Asthma or other lung or breathing problems that cause shortness of breath or wheezing, heart failure (weak heart), certain types of abnormal heartbeats called heart block or sick sinus syndrome, or a slow heartbeat.
- If you have COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
- If you have a herpes infection of the eye.
- If you are using another drug like this one. If you are not sure, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
- If the patient is a child. Do not give latanoprost and timolol to a child.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with latanoprost and timolol.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take latanoprost and timolol with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Latanoprost and Timolol?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take latanoprost and timolol. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Use care when driving or doing other tasks that call for clear eyesight.
- This medicine may hide the signs of low blood sugar. Talk with the doctor.
- If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), you will need to watch your blood sugar closely.
- Have your eye pressure and eyesight checked as you have been told by the doctor.
- Tell your doctor if you have an eye infection, eye injury, or will be having eye surgery.
- Very bad and sometimes deadly heart problems like heart failure have happened with latanoprost and timolol. Talk with the doctor.
- This medicine may make it harder to tell if you have signs of an overactive thyroid like fast heartbeat. If you have an overactive thyroid and stop taking latanoprost and timolol all of a sudden, it may get worse and could be life-threatening. Talk with your doctor.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using latanoprost and timolol while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Latanoprost and Timolol) best taken?
Use latanoprost and timolol as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- For the eye only.
- Use as you have been told, even if your signs get better.
- Take out contact lenses before using latanoprost and timolol. Lenses may be put back in 15 minutes after latanoprost and timolol is given. Do not put contacts back in if your eyes are irritated or infected.
- Wash your hands before and after use.
- Do not touch the container tip to the eye, lid, or other skin.
- Tilt your head back and drop drug into the eye.
- After use, keep your eyes closed. Put pressure on the inside corner of the eye. Do this for 1 to 2 minutes. This keeps the drug in your eye.
- Blot extra solution from the eyelid.
- If more than 1 drug is being used in the same eye, use each drug at least 5 minutes apart.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not use 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Change in eyesight, eye pain, or very bad eye irritation.
- Shortness of breath, a big weight gain, or swelling in the arms or legs.
- Chest pain that is new or worse.
- Very bad dizziness or passing out.
- Very bad headache.
- Slow heartbeat.
- A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- Muscle weakness.
- Change in color of hands or feet from pale to blue or red.
- Numbness, pain, tingling, or cold feeling of the hands or feet.
- Any sores or wounds on the fingers or toes.
- Ingrown eyelashes.
- Small cyst on the iris (colored part of the eye).
- Eye color may change to a brown color. This change may be long-lasting. Eye color changes may happen a few months to years after starting latanoprost and timolol. If eye color changes, call the doctor.
What are some other side effects of Latanoprost and Timolol?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Eye irritation.
- Feeling that something is in the eye.
- Dry eyes.
- Watery eyes.
- Eye redness.
- This medicine may cause eyelash changes like dark eyelashes, thickness, or more eyelashes. Most of the time, these changes go back to normal after latanoprost and timolol is stopped.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Latanoprost and Timolol?
- Store unopened bottles in the refrigerator. Do not freeze.
- After opening, store at room temperature. Throw away any part not used after 10 weeks.
- Protect from light.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about latanoprost and timolol, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
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