Compare Xalatan vs. Zioptan

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Xalatan (Latanoprost)

Prescription only

Zioptan (tafluprost)

Prescription only
Lowers eye pressure.

Xalatan (Latanoprost) lowers high pressure in the eye well and helps prevent glaucoma.

Lowers eye pressure and controls glaucoma.

Zioptan (tafluprost) is often a first choice treatment for lowering eye pressure to prevent and treat glaucoma, but is preservative-free so it has special storage instructions.

Upsides
  • It's easy to use and you only need to give yourself one drop each day in the evening.
  • Can be used along with other eye drops, if needed for better results.
  • Xalatan (Latanoprost) is available generically.
  • Xalatan (Latanoprost) can increase the length, thickness, and number of your eyelashes.
  • Easy to use, with single-use containers and one drop daily in the evening.
  • Can use with other eye drops, if needed for better results.
  • Zioptan (tafluprost) is the only medicine in its class without preservatives, which may be less irritating to the eye.
Downsides
  • Xalatan (Latanoprost) can turn the colored part of your eye and your eyelashes brown.
  • Zioptan (tafluprost) can permanently change your eyes and eyelids to brown, even after you stop using it.
  • Zioptan (tafluprost) may darken and increase the length, thickness and number of eyelashes, irritating the eyes.
  • No generic available, so can be expensive.
  • Is preservative-free so it should only be used 30 days after opening.
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Dosage forms
  • Eye drops
  • Eye drops
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Side effects
The Xalatan (Latanoprost) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
4possible side effects
  • Heache
    6%
  • Common cold
    4%
  • Cough
    3%
  • Blurry vision
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Darkening of lenses
    • Replacing contact lenses to soon
  • Darkening of lashes
    • Long term use
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  • Darkening of the eyes
    • Long term use
  • Darkening of lashes
    • Long term use
  • Darkening of contact lenses
    • (Re)inserting contact lenses too soon after applying Zioptan (tafluprost)
  • Eye injury/infection
    • Sharing eye drops with others
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