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Common Side Effects of Latanoprost

Latanoprost has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials in which the side effects of a group of people taking the drug are documented. In these studies, the most common side effects of latanoprost (occurring in 5 to 15 percent of people) included:
  • Blurred vision
  • Burning
  • Stinging
  • Red eyes
  • Feeling like something is stuck in the eye
  • Itching
  • Change in eye color (especially a darkening of the eyes)
  • Punctuate epithelial keratopathy (an eye condition involving damage or irritation to the cornea of the eye).
The change in eye color caused by latanoprost is permanent. People may also experience darkening of the eyelids, although this problem usually gets better once latanoprost is stopped. Eyelash changes (including darkening and increased thickness of the lashes) may also occur.
Other common side effects of latanoprost (occurring in 1 to 4 percent of people) included:
  • Dry eyes
  • Tearing of the eye
  • Eye pain
  • Eyelid crusting
  • Eyelid pain, swelling, or redness
  • Sensitivity to light.

Final Thoughts on Latanoprost Side Effects

It is possible that you may experience some or none of the latanoprost side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand whether you will have side effects from a medicine that you have never tried. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while taking latanoprost or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be a side effect of latanoprost, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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