Tafluprost ophthalmic is used to treat glaucoma (a condition in which increased pressure in the eye can lead to gradual loss of vision) and ocular hypertension (a condition which causes increased pressure in the eye). Tafluprost is in a class of medications called prostaglandin analogs. It lowers pressure in the eye by increasing the flow of natural eye fluids out of the eye.
Tafluprost comes as a solution (liquid) to instill in the eye. It is usually instilled in the affected eye(s) once a day in the evening. Use tafluprost at around the same time in the evening every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use tafluprost exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Tafluprost ophthalmic comes in single-use containers. The solution from one container should be used immediately after opening for one or both eyes. Throw away each single-use container and any remaining solution after one use.
Tafluprost controls glaucoma and ocular hypertension but does not cure them. Continue to use tafluprost even if you feel well. Do not stop using tafluprost without talking to your doctor.
Tafluprost ophthalmic is for use only in the eye(s). Do not swallow tafluprost solution.
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
Take the strip of single-use containers from the foil pouch.
Pull off one single-use container from the strip.
Put the remaining strip of single-use containers back in the foil pouch and fold the edge to close the pouch.
Hold the single-use container upright. Make sure that the tafluprost solution is in the bottom part of the single-use container.
Open the single-use container by twisting off the tab.
Tilt your head backwards. If you are not able to tilt your head, lie down.
Place the tip of the single-use container close to your eye. Be careful not to touch your eye with the tip of the container.
Pull your lower eyelid downwards and look up.
Gently squeeze the container and let a single drop fall into the space between your lower eyelid and your eye. If the drop misses your eye, try again.
Throw away the single-use container out of the reach of children even if it is not empty.
Ask your pharmacist or doctor for a copy of the manufacturer's information for the patient.
This medication may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, continue your normal diet.
Instill the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not instill a double dose to make up for a missed one.
stinging, irritation, or itching of the eye
blurry or cloudy vision
pain, swelling, or redness of eyes or eyelids
sudden changes or loss of vision
Tafluprost may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.
If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online [at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch] or by phone [1-800-332-1088].
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store unopened foil pouches containing tafluprost solution in the refrigerator. When you open the foil pouch, write down the date you opened it in the space provided on the pouch. Store opened foil pouches containing single-use containers of tafluprost solution at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any unused single-use containers left in the foil pouch more than 28 days after it was first opened. Do not use tafluprost if the foil pouch is not sealed when you first receive it. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.
Keep all appointments with your doctor.
Do not let anyone else use your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.
Last Revised - 12/15/2012
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