Generic Name: tafluprost (TA-floo-prost)
Brand Name: Zioptan
Zioptan drops are used for:
Treating increased pressure in the eye (ocular hypertension) and open-angle glaucoma.
Zioptan drops are a prostaglandin analog. It works to lower pressure in the eye by increasing fluid drainage from the eye.
Do NOT use Zioptan drops if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Zioptan drops
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Zioptan drops:
Some medical conditions may interact with Zioptan 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 able to become pregnant
- 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 or have had redness, swelling, infection, or injury of the eye; inflammation in the eye (eg, iritis, uveitis); or other eye problems
- if you will be having eye surgery
- if you are using any other eye medicines
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Zioptan drops. However, no specific interactions with Zioptan drops are known at this time.
Ask your health care provider if Zioptan 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 Zioptan drops:
Use Zioptan drops as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- An extra patient leaflet is available with Zioptan drops. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
- Use Zioptan drops in the evening unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
- Do not open the pouch containing Zioptan drops until you are ready to use the eye drops.
- To use Zioptan drops in the eye, first, wash your hands. Tilt your head back. If you are unable to tilt your head, lie down. Using your index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch and look up. Drop the medicine into the pouch and gently close your eyes. If a drop misses your eye, try again. 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.
- There is enough medicine in one container for both of your eyes.
- To prevent germs from contaminating your medicine, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface, including the eye.
- Use Zioptan drops at least 5 minutes apart from any other medicine that you put in your eye.
- Each container of Zioptan drops are intended for a single use only. Use right away after opening. After you have opened the container and used it, throw away any remaining medicine immediately. Do not save it to use at a later time.
- Continue to use Zioptan drops even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
- If you miss a dose of Zioptan 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 Zioptan drops.
Important safety information:
- Zioptan drops are for use in the eye only. Do not get it in your nose or mouth.
- Zioptan drops may cause blurred vision. Use Zioptan drops with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
- Zioptan 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.
- Zioptan drops may cause your eyelids and eyelashes to darken. It may also cause changes in the way that your eyelashes grow (eg, length, thickness, number of lashes). These effects usually go away after you stop using Zioptan drops. 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 Zioptan drops.
- Lab tests, including eye pressure, may be performed while you use Zioptan drops. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Zioptan drops should not be used in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in 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 Zioptan drops while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Zioptan drops, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Zioptan 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:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Blurred vision; changes in eyelash growth or color; cold symptoms; cough; dry eyes; eye irritation, itching, redness, or stinging; headache.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); darkening of the eyelid or eye color; difficult or painful urination; eye or eyelid discharge, swelling, irritation, or pain; redness or swelling of and around your eye; vision changes (eg, sudden loss of vision).
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 Zioptan drops:
Zioptan drops comes in foil pouches that contain single-use containers. Store unopened foil pouches in the refrigerator, between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 and 8 degrees C). Do not freeze. Write down the date you open the pouch in the space provided on it. After the pouch is opened, the single-use containers may be stored in the open foil pouch at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Throw away any unused containers in the opened foil pouch after 28 days. Keep Zioptan drops out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Zioptan drops, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Zioptan drops are to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- Do not use Zioptan drops for other health conditions.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Zioptan 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 Zioptan drops. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Zioptan 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 Zioptan drops.
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.