Travoprost is a prescription eyedrop licensed for the treatment of high eye pressure and open-angle glaucoma. It is used to decrease eye pressure and help prevent damage to the optic nerve caused by high eye pressure. Travoprost works by opening the channels that allow fluid to leave the eye. Potential side effects of the medication include eye discomfort, red eyes, and eye itching.
Travoprost ophthalmic solution (Travatan®) is a prescription eyedrop used to decrease eye pressure in people with the following eye conditions:
Travoprost is approved for use when other medications have failed or are not tolerated well, due to side effects. The medication comes in two forms: one uses benzalkonium chloride as a preservative and the other uses a gentler preservative.
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with travoprost. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it well. If side effects occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects include but are not limited to:
- Red eyes
- Less clear vision
- Eye discomfort or pain
- Feeling like something is stuck in the eye
- Eye itching.
(Click Side Effects of Travoprost to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)