Zioptan

(tafluprost)

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Lowers eye pressure and controls glaucoma.

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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.

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Quick facts about Zioptan
  • Drug class: ophthalmic
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • 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.
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Downsides

  • 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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How it works

Zioptan (tafluprost) is a prostaglandin. It increases fluid drainage from the eye, which lowers eye pressure and helps prevent blindness.

Quick facts about Zioptan
  • Drug class: ophthalmic
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

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Dosage forms

  • Eye drops
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What to expect when you take Zioptan (tafluprost) for Ocular hypertension and glaucoma

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  • Possible side effects
  • Red, dry eyes
  • Eye irritation
  • Itchy eyes
  • Cataracts
  • Eye pain
  • Eyelash growth/darkening
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Side effect rates for Zioptan (tafluprost)

From 905 clinical trials of Zioptan when taken for high pressure in the eye|glaucoma
  • Heache
    6%6%
  • Common cold
    4%4%
  • Cough
    3%3%
  • Blurry vision
    2%2%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Zioptan.

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Risks and Warnings for Zioptan (tafluprost)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Long term use

    Your eyes can get darker or change to brown permanently. The effects starts at the center of the pupil and spreads outward, but may not be noticeable for months to years.