Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Ocular hypertension, Open-angle glaucoma
Adult: As 0.005% soln: Instill 1 drop into the affected eye(s) once daily, preferably in the evening.
Hypersensitivity to latanoprost, benzalkonium Cl.
Special Precautions
Patient w/ active intraocular inflammation (e.g. uveitis, iritis), history of herpes simplex keratitis, aphakic patient, pseudophakic patient w/ torn posterior lens capsule or anterior chamber lenses, risk factor for cystoid macular oedema; peri-operative period of cataract surgery. Pregnancy and lactation.
Adverse Reactions
Brown pigmentation particularly those w/ mixed-colour irises; darkening, thickening and lengthening of eyelashes (reversible); periorbital and lid changes resulting in deepening of eyelid sulcus; ocular irritation, eyelid oedema, transient punctuate epithelial erosions, conjunctival hyperaemia; headache, dizziness, arthralgia, myalgia. Rarely, darkening of palpebral skin, iritis and/or uveitis, macular oedema.
Patient Counseling Information
Remove contact lenses prior to admin and reinsert after 15 min. May cause discolouration of soft contact lenses. This drug may cause transient blurring of vision, if affected, do not drive or use machines.
Monitoring Parameters
Monitor intraocular pressure.
Symptoms: Ocular irritation and conjunctival or episcleral hyperaemia. Management: Symptomatic treatment.
Drug Interactions
May increase intraocular pressure w/ bimatoprost. May reduce therapeutic effect w/ NSAIDs. May cause precipitation when mixed w/ thiomersal-containing preparations; admin w/in a 5-min interval.
Description: Latanoprost, a synthetic analogue of prostaglandin F, reduces the intraocular pressure by increasing the outflow of aqueous humour.
Onset: 3-4 hr.
Absorption: Absorbed through the cornea. Time to peak plasma concentration: 2 hr.
Distribution: Volume of distribution: 0.16 L/kg.
Metabolism: Primarily metabolised hepatically via fatty acid β-oxidation into 1,2-dinor and 1,2,3,4-tetranor metabolites.
Excretion: Via urine (approx 88% as metabolites). Elimination half-life: 17 min.
Chemical Structure

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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Latanoprost, CID=5311221, (accessed on Jan. 22, 2020)

Store unopened bottle between 2-8°C. After opening, store up to 25°C and use w/in 4 wk. Protect from light.
MIMS Class
Antiglaucoma Preparations
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