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Travatan

Generic Name: travoprost ophthalmic (TRA voe prost off THAL mik)
Brand Names: Travatan, Travatan Z

The Travatan brand name has been discontinued in the U.S. If generic versions of this product have been approved by the FDA, there may be generic equivalents available.

What is Travatan?

Travatan (travoprost) is a prostaglandin analog. It works to reduce pressure in the eye by increasing the amount of fluid that drains from the eye..

Travatan eye drops are used to treat open-angle glaucoma and other causes of high pressure inside the eye (ocular hypertension).

Travatan may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important information

Travatan may cause a gradual change in the color of your eyes or eyelids and lashes, as well as increased growth or thickness of your eyelashes. These color changes, usually an increase in brown pigment, occur slowly and you may not notice them for months or years. Color changes may be permanent even after your treatment ends, and may occur only in the eye being treated. This could result in a cosmetic difference in eye or eyelash color from one eye to the other.

Do not allow the Travatan dropper to touch any surface, including the eyes or hands. If the dropper becomes contaminated it could cause an infection in your eye, which can lead to vision loss or serious damage to the eye.

After using Travatan, wait at least 5 minutes before using any other eye drops that your doctor has prescribed.

Travatan side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Travatan: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using Travatan eye drops and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • eye swelling, redness, severe discomfort, crusting or drainage (may be signs of infection);

  • red, swollen, or itchy eyelids;

  • increased sensitivity to light;

  • vision changes; or

  • severe burning, stinging, or irritation after using this medicine.

Common Travatan side effects may include:

  • pain, itching, or redness of the eyes;

  • puffy eyelids; or

  • blurred vision.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Side Effects (complete list)

Before taking this medicine

You should not use Travatan if you are allergic to travoprost.

To make sure Travatan is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:

  • swelling or an infection in your eye;

  • retinal detachment; or

  • eye surgery or injury affecting the lens of your eye.

Travatan may cause a gradual change in the color of your eyes or eyelids and lashes, usually an increase in brown pigment. You may also notice increased growth or thickness of your eyelashes. These changes occur slowly and you may not notice them for months or years. Color changes may be permanent even after your treatment ends, and may occur only in the eye being treated. This could result in a cosmetic difference in eye or eyelash color from one eye to the other.

It is not known whether Travatan eye drops will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

It is not known whether travoprost ophthalmic passes into breast milk or if it could affect the nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

Travatan is not approved for use by anyone younger than 16 years old.

How should I use Travatan?

Use Travatan exactly as it was prescribed for you. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

The usual dose of this medicine is 1 drop into the affected eye every evening. Follow your doctor's dosing instructions very carefully.

Do not use this medicine while wearing contact lenses. Travatan eye drops may contain a preservative that can discolor soft contact lenses. Wait at least 15 minutes after using this medicine before putting in your contact lenses.

Wash your hands before using the eye drops.

To apply the Travatan eye drops:

  • Tilt your head back slightly and pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket. Hold the dropper above the eye with the tip down. Look up and away from the dropper and squeeze out a drop.

  • Close your eyes for 2 or 3 minutes with your head tipped down, without blinking or squinting. Gently press your finger to the inside corner of the eye for about 1 minute, to keep the liquid from draining into your tear duct.

  • Wait at least 5 minutes before using any other eye drops your doctor has prescribed.

Do not touch the tip of the Travatan eye dropper or place it directly on your eye. A contaminated dropper can infect your eye, which could lead to serious vision problems.

Do not use the eye drops if the liquid has changed colors or has particles in it. Call your pharmacist for new medicine.

Tell your doctor right away if you have any eye injury or eye infection.

If you need surgery (including eye surgery), tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using Travatan. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.

Store at cool room temperature, away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.

Travatan dosing information

Usual Adult Dose for Intraocular Hypertension:

One drop in the affected eye(s) once a day in the evening

Comments:
-This drug should not be administered more than once per day since it has been shown that more frequent administration of prostaglandin analogs may decrease the intraocular pressure lowering effect.
-Reduction of the intraocular pressure starts approximately 2 hours after the first administration with maximum effect reached after 12 hours.
-If more than one topical ophthalmic drug is being used, the drugs should be administered at least five (5) minutes apart.

Use: Reduction of elevated intraocular pressure in patients with open angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension

Usual Adult Dose for Glaucoma (Open Angle):

One drop in the affected eye(s) once a day in the evening

Comments:
-This drug should not be administered more than once per day since it has been shown that more frequent administration of prostaglandin analogs may decrease the intraocular pressure lowering effect.
-Reduction of the intraocular pressure starts approximately 2 hours after the first administration with maximum effect reached after 12 hours.
-If more than one topical ophthalmic drug is being used, the drugs should be administered at least five (5) minutes apart.

Use: Reduction of elevated intraocular pressure in patients with open angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension

Usual Pediatric Dose for Intraocular Hypertension:

16 years or older:
One drop in the affected eye(s) once a day in the evening

Comments:
-This drug should not be administered more than once per day since it has been shown that more frequent administration of prostaglandin analogs may decrease the intraocular pressure lowering effect.
-Reduction of the intraocular pressure starts approximately 2 hours after the first administration with maximum effect reached after 12 hours.
-If more than one topical ophthalmic drug is being used, the drugs should be administered at least five (5) minutes apart.

Use: Reduction of elevated intraocular pressure in patients with open angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension

Usual Pediatric Dose for Glaucoma (Open Angle):

16 years or older:
One drop in the affected eye(s) once a day in the evening

Comments:
-This drug should not be administered more than once per day since it has been shown that more frequent administration of prostaglandin analogs may decrease the intraocular pressure lowering effect.
-Reduction of the intraocular pressure starts approximately 2 hours after the first administration with maximum effect reached after 12 hours.
-If more than one topical ophthalmic drug is being used, the drugs should be administered at least five (5) minutes apart.

Use: Reduction of elevated intraocular pressure in patients with open angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension

Dosage Information (comprehensive)

What happens if I miss a dose?

Skip the missed dose and use the medicine at the next regularly scheduled time. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

An overdose of Travatan is not expected to be dangerous. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.

What should I avoid while using Travatan?

Do not use other eye medications unless your doctor tells you to.

What other drugs will affect Travatan?

It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on travoprost used in the eyes. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist can provide more information about Travatan.
  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use Travatan only for the indication prescribed.
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Date modified: December 03, 2017
Last reviewed: October 18, 2017

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