Generic Drug Name: Latanoprost
Other Common Names: Xalantan
Latanoprost is most commonly used for the treatment of primary glaucoma in dogs. Latanoprost is used to supplement other topical agents when other anti-glaucoma agents have not been effective. Latanoprost works by decreasing the pressure in the eye by increasing the amount of fluid that flows out of the eye through the uveoscleral pathway.
Side effects most commonly associated with latanoprost are eye irritation and excessive constriction of the pupil, tearing, and eye redness.
Latanoprost should not be administered in animals with a known allergy or hypersensitivity to the drug. Latanoprost may interact with other medications; this should be discussed with a veterinarian. Emergency veterinary care should be sought if an animal experiences any unusual symptoms.
Unopened latanoprost should be kept refrigerated. Once opened, bottles may be stored at room temperature for up to 6 weeks.
Latanoprost is available as a 0.005% solution in a 2.5 ml bottle.
A veterinarian should be consulted in regards to administration of this medication. Dose may vary in different species, when the drug is given by a different route or concurrently with other medications, and with regards to a patient's age, breed, and health status. A veterinarian's dosing instructions and/or those printed on the medication label should be followed closely.