Tafluprost

Tafluprost is a prostaglandin medicine that is used to treat both glaucoma and hypertension of the eye by relieving the pressure inside the eye.

Overview

Tafluprost is an eye drop that is used in the treatment of glaucoma and hypertension of the eye.

Glaucoma is a condition wherein the eye cannot drain fluid properly, leading to an increase in pressure inside the eye. This puts pressure on the optic nerve, damaging it and eventually leading to a loss of vision when untreated. Ocular hypertension is a build up of pressure in the eye that can lead to the development of glaucoma in patients.

Tafluprost works by increasing the outflow of liquid from within the eye, which lowers the intraocular pressure. Tafluprost may be used in conjunction with other medicines that also serve to lower the pressure in the eye.

This medication must be prescribed by a doctor and is available as an eye drop solution. The eye drop comes in single use doses and any unused drops must be disposed of straight away as they do not contain any preservatives.

Conditions treated

  • Glaucoma
  • Hypertension of the eye

Type of medicine

  • Prostaglandin

Side Effects

When taking Tafluprost, side effects can occur. Some side effects will occur that require medical attention and others may occur that do not require you to seek medical attention.

If you experience any of the following side effects then you should inform your doctor immediately and seek advice.

Occurring less commonly

  • Blurry or reduced vision
  • Burning of the eyes
  • Dryness of the eyes
  • Itching of the eyes
  • Discharge from the eyes
  • Excessive tearing of the eyes
  • Pain in the eye
  • Redness, pain or swelling of the eye or eyelid.

Other effects can occur that will not usually require medical attention. If you experience any of the following side effects then you should not need to contact your doctor. If these side effects become bothersome or are ongoing, however, then you can inform your doctor and they may be able to help you to alleviate the side effects.

Occurring commonly

  • Headaches
  • Irritation of the eye
  • Stinging of the eye

Occurring less commonly

  • Coughing
  • Darkening, thickening or lengthening of the eyelashes
  • Dryness of the eyes
  • Increased eyelash growth.

Side effects not listed here may also occur as a result of using Tafluprost. If you experience other side effects then you can contact your doctor or healthcare professional for advice.

Dosage

Your doctor will inform you of how much of this medicine you should use and how frequently to take it. You should never exceed the dose that has been prescribed to you by a medical professional.

This medication will come with an information booklet that will explain how to administer the dose properly. Read this carefully and ask your doctor if you have any questions.

You should always ensure that your hands and face are clean before you administer the eye drops.

Tafluprost does not contain preservatives and any leftover solution should be disposed of immediately. Do not keep it for later use.

If you are prescribed more than one eye drop then you will need to wait before using the second one. Wait for a minimum of 5 minutes before using the second eye drop.

The dose of this medicine that is prescribed to you will vary depending on your condition as a patient, your age, other medications you are taking, the strength of the dose and other factors. The following doses are guidelines only and you should take only the dose that your doctor has prescribed for you.

  • Adults – One drop used once per day in the evening.
  • Children – Use by children is not advised.

If you miss a dose then you should take it as soon as possible. If it is close to the time you are due to take your next dose, however, then you should skip the dose and return to your usual schedule. Make note of the date of the missed dose and inform your doctor at your next check up for the condition. Do not take double doses of the medication.

Interactions

Certain medications can interact with one another when both are used. If you are taking any medication at the time of treatment with Tafluprost then you should inform your doctor. In some cases different medications can stop each other from working effectively or can increase the side effects experienced from one or both of the medications.

You should also inform your doctor of any medical conditions that you have or have had in the past. Some medical conditions will make this medication unsuitable for use. It is especially important that you tell your doctor if you suffer from any of the following conditions:

  • Aphakia – a missing eye lens
  • Torn eye lens
  • Eye pigmentation
  • Iritis
  • Macular edema
  • Uveitis

Caution should be used when these or other eye disorders exist. Use of these eye drops may cause irritation of other conditions that can lead to further complications.

Warnings

When taking this medication you will need to visit your eye doctor regularly. In doing so your eye doctor will be able to determine if the medicine is having the right effect, adjust the dose as appropriate and ensure that unwanted side effects are not occurring.

This medication can cause a browning of the iris, eyelid and eyelashes in the eye you are treating. Eyelashes can also become longer, thicker and darker with use. Such changes as these can be permanent and will not revert when you stop use of Tafluprost. Consult your healthcare professional if you have any concerns about this.

If you think you have any eye infection when using this treatment then you should inform your doctor immediately.

You should inform your doctor before undergoing any eye surgeries. Treatment may need to be stopped during operations and you should inform the doctor performing the surgery that you have been taking this treatment too.

When deciding to use any medicine you should discuss the advantages and disadvantages with your doctor. To ensure that you both have the relevant information with which to assess the risks of any treatment it is very important that you inform your doctor of any allergies that you have. This is particularly important if you have ever reacted badly to any medications. Allergies to foods, dyes, preservatives, animals and other substances can also be very relevant. Inform your doctor of any and all allergies that you have before starting this treatment.

Storage

Medication should be kept out of reach of children at all times.

Unused medication and outdated medication should be disposed of immediately. Your healthcare professional will be able to inform you of how best to dispose of the medicine that you have not used. Always ensure that medicines you are throwing away remain out of the reach of children.

You should refrigerate the unopened foil pouches. Do not let the medication freeze, however.

Single use containers can be kept in the foil pouches for up to 28 days. Record the date that you open the pouch so that you can keep track of the date of expiry.

The medication should be protected from moisture.

Dispose of any medication that has been in an open pouch after 28 days or if the medication freezes or gets too warm.

Summary

Tafluprost is an eye drop that is used in the treatment of glaucoma and ocular hypertension. In both conditions there is too great a level of intraocular pressure and this medication helps to relieve that pressure. This medication works by promoting the removal of liquid from the eye, allowing the pressure within the eye to decrease. This medication may also be used in combination with other medications and eye drops that seek to relieve the pressure by other means.

Relieving the pressure within the eye can help to prevent loss of vision or deterioration of vision that may be caused by untreated glaucoma or ocular hypertension.

Side effects from the use of this medication can include discoloration of the iris, eyelid and eyelashes. The treatment can cause these areas to turn brown. A thickening and lengthening of eyelashes can also occur. In some cases this change does not revert once treatment is stopped and the eye may remain permanently altered in color. If you are concerned about this then discuss this with your doctor.

Tafluprost is a single use eye drop and contains no preservatives. Once opened the eye drop will deteriorate very quickly and should be disposed of immediately. Pouches must be used within 28 days of opening or must instead be disposed of.

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Last Reviewed:
December 24, 2017
Last Updated:
December 22, 2017
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