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Travatan is used in the treatment of glaucoma. This is a form of medication known as a prostaglandin. There may be other conditions where Travatan is a good choice of medication for you and so do not be surprised if your doctor prescribes you this medication for another condition. However you can expect a full explanation for why he or she has done so.
As is the case with all drugs, it is vital that you carefully follow the instructions given to you by your doctor. In most cases this will be written on the label of the medicine bottle or box and you must read this information very carefully. If you do happen to have any questions about how to take this medicine then you should talk to your pharmacist, nurse or doctor and they will be happy to help you. You should remove any contact lenses that you may be wearing before using this medicine and you should wait at least 15 minutes after using this medicine before inserting lenses. You must first wash your hands and then tilt your head back and with your index finger pull your lower eyelid away from your eye to form a pouch. You should tilt the bottle upside down and allow a drop to fall into the pouch, tap the bottle if none comes out. Then you should look downwards and gently close your eyes. You must then immediately use your finger to apply pressure at the corner of your eye, right next to the nose, for one or two minutes. You should not blink and instead keep your eyes closed for one or two minutes following a dose. You can wipe away the excess medicine from around your eye with a clean tissue, making sure not to touch your eye. If you need to administer more than one drop or another medication into the eye, then you must wait at least 5 minutes before doing so. In order to prevent germs from getting into the medicine, you should not touch the applicator tip to any surface, including your eye.
Where you keep the medicine is very important and in this case it must be stored at room temperature (77 degrees F) away from the sun and in the bottle or box provided or in an airtight container. You must take the medicine as directed by your doctor and if you can take it at the same time everyday i.e. at breakfast time, then that may help you to remember. It is very important that you take this medicine everyday as directed and do not miss a dose, even if you are feeling better. Failure to take your medicine as directed will likely result in the worsening of your symptoms. In the unfortunate scenario that you do forget to take a dose, you must take the missed dose as soon as you remember unless this is near the time of your next dose. In this case you should just forget about the missed dose and carry on with your normal schedule, as you must never take two doses of a single medication at the same time. If you have any concerns then you should contact your pharmacist, nurse or doctor for more information.
First and foremost you should not take Travatan if you have experienced an allergic or other adverse reaction to it or any other ingredient that is used in the production of Travatan. If you are worried that you may have had an adverse reaction to Travatan in the past then you should discuss this with your doctor. Stopping a medicine suddenly will often result in a worsening of symptoms and side effects and in most cases your doctor will want you to come off a medicine slowly, a process known as tapering. There may be tests that are required by your doctor to check for side effects and/or monitor how effective the medicine is for you, however your doctor will talk to you about what is required. It is important to attend all laboratory and doctor appointments while you are taking Travatan and additional appointments may be necessary when a change to the dose is made and during the initial starting period. As this medicine may take several weeks to reach its full effect you should avoid performing tasks such as driving, operating heavy machinery or any other dangerous activities during this time. You should never change or alter the dose of any medication unless you have talked it through with your doctor. It is vital that you notify your doctor or pharmacist before you begin any new medication, even if it is only one brought over the counter.
If you have colored eyes then you should note that your eyes may turn brown from taking this medicine. This change may not be noticed for months or even years after taking this medicine. Also this medicine can cause a darkening of the eyelid in the eye undergoing treatment. Your eyelashes may also change in that they may become longer, thicker, more numerous, or may change in color. These effects may be permanent. You must not use any other eye medicine within 5 minutes of taking this medicine. You must ensure that your vision is clear before performing any task that requires acceptable vision as this medicine may cause blurred vision.
Travatan may have adverse effects on the fetus in pregnant women and so all women who may be thinking about getting pregnant should weigh up the pros and cons of taking this medicine during pregnancy with their doctor. Also there is not enough research for us to know if Travatan is excreted in the breast milk and so general advice at this time is to not breast-feed while on this medication. It is important that before you undergo any dental work or surgery of any kind that you let the dentist or doctor know that you are taking this medication.
As is the case with most drugs Travatan is not without its side effects. Some of the things that you may notice when taking this medication include: headache, dizziness, feeling of a foreign body in the eye, itching, dry eyes, stinging, or burning. These may be minor and go away during the course of treatment, however if they do bother you then you must talk to your doctor. Travatan was prescribed to you, as your doctor believes that the benefits will outweigh the side effects and so it is usual to expect some symptoms. However these symptoms should not cause you major discomfort and if this is the case then please talk to your doctor. You must talk to your doctor as soon as possible if you experience any weight loss, upset stomach, difficulty urinating, fever with congestion or runny nose, nervousness, joint pain, depression, chest pain, cough, back pain, change in eyelash appearance, redness on the inside of the eyelid, eye swelling or redness, change in appearance of the eyes, or change in vision. Fortunately it is uncommon for someone to have an allergic reaction to this medicine, however they do occur and if you notice severe dizziness, a rash, itching, trouble breathing or swelling then you must seek immediate medical attention. If you experience any symptoms that worry you, even if they are not listed above, then it is vital that you talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse about it.
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