unoprostone ophthalmic (generic name)

It is used to treat open-angle glaucoma and high pressure in the eye
(yoo noh PROST ohn)
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What is this medicine?

UNOPROSTONE (yoo noh PROST ohn) lowers the pressure in the eye. It is used to treat open-angle glaucoma and high pressure in the eye.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have, or have had any of these conditions:
  • closed-angle glaucoma
  • eye abrasion, infection, or inflammation
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • wear contact lenses
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to unoprostone or other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is only for use in the eye. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash hands before and after use. Tilt the head back slightly and pull down the lower lid with the index finger to form a pouch. Try not to touch the tip of the dropper to your eye or any other surface. Squeeze the prescribed number of drops into the pouch. Close the eye gently. Do not blink. Use your medicine at regular intervals. Do not use your medicine more often than directed.

If you are to administer other eye medications, they should be used at least 5 minutes apart from this medication.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected. Do not use any other eye products without asking your doctor or health care professional.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Report any serious side effects promptly. Stop using this medicine if your eyes get swollen, reddened (including 'pink eye' or conjunctivitis), painful, or have a discharge, and see your doctor or health care professional right away.

This medicine may cause your eye, eyelashes, and eyelids to darken or change color (brown). Tell your doctor or health care professional if this happens. These changes may be permanent.

If you develop an eye infection or injury, or have eye surgery scheduled, tell your health care professional that you use this product.

If you wear contact lenses, take them out before putting these drops in the eye. Wait at least 15 minutes after using the drops before putting your lenses back in.

Be careful not to touch the tip of the dispensing container onto the eye, or any other surface. Serious eye infections can result from contamination of eye solutions.

Wear dark glasses if this medicine makes your eyes more sensitive to light.

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Last Updated: September 14, 2009
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