|Systematic (IUPAC) name|
|isopropyl (Z)-7-[(1R,2R,3R,5S)-3,5-dihydroxy-2- [(3R)3-hydroxy-5-phenylpentyl]-cyclopentyl] hept-5-enoate|
|Pregnancy cat.||C (US)|
|Legal status||℞-only (US)|
|Routes||Topical (eye drops)|
|Mol. mass||432.593 g/mol|
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Latanoprost (pronounced la-TAN-oh-prost) ophthalmic solution is a medication administered into the eyes to control the progression of glaucoma or ocular hypertension by reducing intraocular pressure. It is a prostaglandin analogue (more specifically an analogue of prostaglandin F2α) that lowers the pressure by increasing the outflow of aqueous fluid from the eyes through the uvealsclearal tract. Latanoprost is an isopropyl ester prodrug, meaning it is inactive until it is hydrolyzed by esterases in the cornea to the biologically active acid.
It is also known by the brand name of Xalatan manufactured by Pfizer. Annual sales are approximately $1.6 billion. The patent for latanoprost expired in March 2011, and at least one generic version (manufactured by Mylan Inc.) is now widely available in the U.S. The Veterans Health Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, uses generic Latanoprost manufactured by Alcon Laboratories of Fort Worth, Texas distributed by Novartis generic brand Sandoz Pharmaceuticals.
It is on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines, a list of the most important medication needed in a basic health system.
- In well-controlled clinical trials including patients with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension (IOP ≥21 mm Hg), monotherapy with latanoprost reduced IOP levels by 22 to 39% over 1 to 12 months’ treatment. Latanoprost was significantly more effective than timolol 0.5% twice daily in 3 of 4 large (n = 163 to 267) randomised, double-blind trials. Latanoprost demonstrated a stable long-term IOP-lowering effect in 1- or 2-year continuations of these trials, with no sign of diminishing effect during prolonged treatment.
- Meta analysis suggests that latanoprost is more effective than timolol in lowering IOP. However, it often causes iris pigmentation. While current evidence suggests that this pigmentation is benign, careful lifetime evaluation of patients is still justified.
- Patients who had elevated IOP despite iridotomy and/or iridectomy (including patients of Asian descent), latanoprost was significantly more effective than timolol in two double-blind, monotherapy trials (8.2 and 8.8 mm Hg vs 5.2 and 5.7 mm Hg for latanoprost vs timolol at 12 and 2 weeks, respectively).
Method of administration
One drop in the affected eye(s) once daily in the evening; do not exceed the once daily dosage because it has been shown that more frequent administration may decrease the intraocular-pressure (IOP) lowering effect
Listed from most to least common:
- >5% to 15%: Blurred vision, burning and stinging, conjunctival hyperemia, foreign body sensation, itching, increased pigmentation of the iris causing (heterochromia), punctate epithelial keratopathy
- 4%: Cold or upper respiratory tract infections, flu-like syndrome
- 1-4%: Dry eyes, excessive tearing, eye pain, lid crusting, lid edema, lid erythema (hyperemia), lid pain, photophobia (light intolerance)
- 1 % - 2%: Chest pain, allergic skin reactions, arthralgia, back pain, myalgia, thickening of the eyelashes.(used,also bimatoprost,in cosmetic industry as eyelash growth enhancers)
- <1% (Limited to important or life-threatening): Asthma, herpes keratitis, iritis, keratitis, retinal artery embolus, retinal detachment, toxic epidermal necrolysis, uveitis, vitreous hemorrhage from diabetic retinopathy
- A single case report links latanoprost use to the progression of keratoconus.
Concerns related to adverse effects:
- Bacterial keratitis: Inadvertent contamination of multiple-dose ophthalmic solutions, has caused bacterial keratitis.
- Ocular effects: May permanently change/increase brown pigmentation of the iris, the eyelid skin, and eyelashes. In addition, may increase the length and/or number of eyelashes (may vary between eyes); changes occur slowly and may not be noticeable for months or years. Long-term consequences and potential injury to eye are not known.
- Ocular disease: Use with caution in patients with intraocular inflammation, aphakic patients, pseudophakic patients with a torn posterior lens capsule, or patients with risk factors for macular edema. Safety and efficacy have not been determined for use in patients with angle-closure-, inflammatory-, or neovascular glaucoma.
Contact lens wearers: Contains benzalkonium chloride which may be absorbed by contact lenses; remove contacts prior to administration and wait 15 minutes before reinserting
Hypersensitivity to latanoprost, benzalkonium chloride, or any component of the formulation
Bimatoprost: The concomitant use of Latanoprost and Bimatoprost may result in increased intraocular pressure. Risk D: Consider therapy modification
Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Agents: May diminish the therapeutic effect of Prostaglandins (Ophthalmic). Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Agents may also enhance the therapeutic effects of Prostaglandins (Ophthalmic). Risk C: Monitor therapy
Prescription of Latanoprost is limited in human studies due to high incidence of abortion shown in animal experiments. Because of this, Latanoprost is classified as Risk factor C (Adverse events were observed in animal reproduction studies at maternally toxic doses)according to United States Food and Drug Administration's use-in-pregnancy ratings. Lactation Excretion in breast milk unknown/use caution. Breast-Feeding Considerations It is not known if latanoprost is excreted in breast milk. The manufacturer recommends that caution be exercised when administering latanoprost to nursing women.
Latanoprost is a substance exhibiting thermal and solar instability. Concentration of latanoprost will decrease by 10% when stored at 50 and 70 degrees Celsius every 8.25 and 1.32 days respectively. Reaction with ultraviolet radiation will cause rapid degradation of Latanoprost. It is therefor important to store Latanoprost ideally in temperature below room temperature and free from sunlight in order to attain acceptable drug quality. 
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- Xalatan (Pfizer manufacturer)