What is Travatan?
Travatan (travoprost) is an ophthalmic solution used to treat high pressure in the eye, also called intraocular hypertension, and open-angle glaucoma. This medicine works by decreasing the amount of fluid produced in the eye.
Travatan can help to improve your vision and prevent further vision loss. This medicine can also relieve the pressure in your eye, which can help to prevent damage to the optic nerve. In some cases, Travatan has been shown to improve vision that has already been lost from glaucoma.
The most common side effects of Travatan are burning and stinging of the eye, itchy eyes, watery eyes, redness of the eye, blurred vision, and headache. These side effects typically go away within a few days of starting treatment.
If you experience any severe side effects, such as severe eye pain or redness, increased sensitivity to light, or vision changes, you should stop using Travatan and contact your doctor immediately.
The recommended dosage of Travatan is one drop in the affected eye(s) once daily, in the evening. You should use this medicine at around the same time each day.
To use the eye drops:
1. Wash your hands with soap and water.
2. Remove the cap from the bottle and tilt your head back.
3. Squeeze out a drop of solution into your eye. If you are using more than one drop, wait at least 5 minutes between each drop.
4. Replace the cap on the bottle and close it tightly.
5. Wipe off any excess solution from your face with a clean tissue or cloth.
6. Repeat these steps for your other eye if directed by your doctor.
If you are using another eye medication, you should wait at least 5 minutes before using Travatan.
Travatan should not be used with other ophthalmic solutions, such as latanoprost (Xalatan) or bimatoprost (Lumigan).
This medicine may also interact with certain other medications, such as beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, and calcium channel blockers. Be sure to tell your doctor about all the medications you are taking before using Travatan.
Mechanism of Action
Travatan works by decreasing the amount of fluid produced in the eye. This helps to relieve the pressure in the eye and prevent damage to the optic nerve.
Travatan is rapidly absorbed into the eye after topical application. The peak concentration in the eye is reached within 2 hours. Travatan is metabolized by the liver and excreted in the urine.
The half-life of Travatan is 12 hours.
Alternatives to Travatan
There are a number of other ophthalmic solutions available to treat intraocular hypertension and open-angle glaucoma. These include beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, and alpha agonists.
If you are interested in finding an alternative to Travatan, talk to your doctor about other options that may be suitable for you.
Are beta blockers more effective than Travatan?
There is no definitive answer to this question as the effectiveness of each medication varies from person to person. Some people may find that beta blockers are more effective at reducing intraocular pressure, while others may have better results with Travatan. Ultimately, it is important to work with your doctor to find the medication that works best for you.