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.
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 side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
blurred vision or other changes in vision
inflamed, swollen, painful, or infected eyes or eyelids
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
burning, stinging, itching, or minor discomfort of the eyes or eyelids
changes in the color of the eye(s) (increase in brown color), or darkening of the eyelashes or eyelid(s)
dry eyes or the feeling of something in the eye
increased flow of tears
increased sensitivity of the eyes to light
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 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.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of reach of children.
Store between 2 and 25 degrees C (36 and 77 degrees F). Throw away any unused medication after the expiration date.
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:
eye abrasion, infection, or inflammation
wear contact lenses
an unusual or allergic reaction to unoprostone or other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
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.