Travoprost ophthalmic solution (Travatan®) is a prescription eyedrop approved for use when other medications have failed or are not tolerated well due to side effects. Specifically, it is used to decrease eye pressure in people with the following eye conditions:
Travoprost used to come in two forms. The first used benzalkonium chloride as a preservative; it has been discontinued as of April 2010. The other uses a gentler preservative and is still available.
As part of a class of drugs known as prostaglandins, travoprost works by opening the channels that allow fluid to leave the eye.
(For more details on this prescription eyedrop, including how to use it, what to expect during treatment, and safety warnings, click Travoprost.)