Reluctant to take prescribed eye drops...

Hello:

First time poster. The good news is that I'm having no vision problems. However, last week I was evaluated by a Glaucoma specialist -- my pressures are 25/26 -- and he prescribed the generic version of Xalatan (latanoprost).

Because my optic nerves are "twisted," my doctor cannot confirm that I have Glaucoma because he cannot view my optic nerves head on. He can only confirm that my pressures are somewhat elevated. He says my pressures put me "on the cusp" of needing treatment and since I'm 62 instead of 82 he thinks it prudent to begin treatment now. (I did pretty well on the field evaluation test.) But after reading patient reviews of this product (about 95% were negative) I'm reluctant to use the drops.

Most people complained of severe joint pain, flu-like symptoms, Macula edema, and LOSS of vision. Reading these reviews does not instill much patient confidence in the drug. I'd be curious to learn what sort of experiences people on this board have had with this drug. Any advice/feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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I've been using latanoprost over 3 years and never had any side effects. Everyone is different.


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Hello blindsinner:

Because we were concerned about the advice contained in your posting, we forwarded your response to our glaucoma physician advisor, who said this:

"This is a very sad story. It is important that glaucoma patients relay such concerns to their ophthalmologists.

I would advise this patient that they should ask their ophthalmologist for a trial of oral glaucoma medications, and/or laser therapy. Besides these, there are other surgical options. These procedures do carry risks, but the patient and their ophthalmologist could review them together."

Maureen


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I WAS TAKING FOUR DIFFERENT EYE DROPS WHEN I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH ADVANCED PROGRESSIVE OPEN-ANGLE GLAUCOMA, SIX YEARS AGO, I HAVE LOST MY CENTRAL SIGHT IN MY LEFT EYE; I AM PROGRESSIVELY LOSING MY SIGHT IN MY RIGHT EYE, THOSE EYE DROPS DID HAVE, FOR ME, SEVERAL SIDE EFFECTS WHICH CAUSED ME TO STOP TAKING EYE DROPS. FOR ME, THE SIDE EFFECTS WERE, ITCHING EYES, EYE STRAIN, AND CHANGE IN VISION, AND DETERIORATION (LOSS) OF VISION. SINCE I KNOW AND AM EXPERIENCING DETERIORATION OF VISION, I HAVE CHOSEN TO LET THE VISION LOSS TO TAKE ITS EFFECT. DOCTORS HAVE PREVIOUSLY ADVISED ME THAT, MY OPTIC NERVES ARE DAMAGED TO THE POINT THAT MY VISON LOSS SHALL HAPPEN; AND, THAT MY VISION LOSS IS INCURABLE, IRREVERSIBLE AND THAT I AM PROGRESSIVELY GOING INTO PERMANENT BLINDNESS. EVERY TIME I TOOK THOSE EYE DROPS, MY VISION WEAKENED.


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Also, very effective, until, recently, keeping my pressures low (I had laser surgery initially to lower pressures). Couple yrs ago, Dr added timolol as latanaprost alone wasn't keeping pressures low enough.


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I have been using the drops for over 4 years. The only side effect I had was a pleasant one: my eyelashes grew. Didn't experience anything else.


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Thank you for your prompt reply. That's certainly encouraging. Have you noticed **any** side effects from the drops and how effective has it been insofar as lowering your eye pressures?


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Hi, I have been on those drops for the past 4 years and have never had any of the side effects you describe.


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