Travatan Z (Travoprost) is in a group of medications called Prostaglandin Analogs. It is a clear to slightly yellow oil that is used to treat glaucoma (a condition in which increased pressure in the eye may lead to gradual loss of vision) and ocular hypertension.
What does it do?
Ocular hypertension and glaucoma can both be described as having increased pressure due to the build-up of fluid in the eyes. Travatan Z works by increasing the amount of fluid drained from the eyes which reduces pressure thereby minimizing the risk of developing other ocular diseases.
How should I use it?
Travatan Z comes in a 2.5ml and 5ml bottle. Wash your hands before administering this medication to your eyes and follow your doctor’s instructions strictly. Avoid hitting your eyes with the tip of the dropper to prevent irritation or contamination.
Generally, self-medication is not recommended. Consult a physician or pharmacist to determine the appropriate dose and dosing schedule for your condition. Immediately inform your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
What if I missed a dose?
Strictly follow your prescribed dosing schedule to achieve the desired effect of this drug. If you miss a dose, administer it immediately. However, if it is close to the next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and proceed with the regular dosing schedule. Do not administer a double dose to make up for a missed dose, unless told otherwise.
What are the special precautions before using Travatan?
Inform your doctor about all the medications you are taking, your current and previous medical history especially if you have or had kidney and liver impairments and if you have any allergies to Travoprost, Benzalkonium Chloride or any other ingredients included in the manufacture of this medication.
If you are using an eye ointment, ask your doctor first if it would not interact with Travatan Z. If it is safe to use together, apply the eye ointment first before instilling the drops for better absorption.
If the patient is wearing contact lenses, have them removed first before administering Travatan Z. Allow a 15-minute interval before wearing them again.
Driving or performing other physical activities is not recommended while using this medication for it may cause a temporary blurring of vision.
For the drug label information of Travatan Z, click here.
Does it have any side effects?
Along with its needed effects, Travoprost may cause some unwanted side effects. Although not all these may occur, some may need medical attention.
Common side effects include:
Stinging or burning of the eyes after using the drops
Dry or watery eyes
Increase in eyelash number/length/thickness
Darkening of the eyelashes and eyelids
Serious side effects include:
Sensitivity to light
Redness or swelling of the eyelids
Other side effects not listed above may be experienced when using Travatan. If the symptoms do not go away or are life-threatening, immediately stop taking the medication and inform your doctor or call an ambulance for professional medical assistance.
Is it safe to use it with another drug?
Some drug interactions may cause life-threatening reactions when taken with other medications. Immediately inform your doctor if you are taking Travatan with any of the following medications:
Latanoprostene bunod ophthalmic
Always inform your doctor or pharmacist about all the medications you are taking for the safety and success of your treatment.
How should I store it?
Store solution at 2° - 25°C (36° - 77°F). Always keep the solution tightly capped to avoid drying out and prevent contamination. Keep Travatan away from extreme light and moisture, children and pets.
What action should I take in case of overdose?
This medicine may be harmful if swallowed. If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, immediately call an ambulance and seek immediate medical attention to prevent further complications or possible death.
Is it safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women?
Travatan Z should be used in pregnant women only when clinically needed. Based on present data, the presence of Travaprost in breast milk is still unknown.
Consult with your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. Also, discuss the risks and benefits associated with this medication before using it.
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