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Systematic (IUPAC) name
isopropyl (Z)-7-[(1R,2R,3R,5S)-3,5-dihydroxy-2- [(3R)3-hydroxy-5-phenylpentyl]-cyclopentyl] hept-5-enoate
Clinical data
Pronunciation la-TAN-oh-prost
Trade names Xalatan
AHFS/ monograph
MedlinePlus a697003
  • US: C (Risk not ruled out)
Legal status
Routes of
Topical (eye drops)
Pharmacokinetic data
Biological half-life 17 minutes
CAS Number 130209-82-4 YesY
ATC code S01EE01
PubChem CID 5311221
DrugBank DB00654 YesY
ChemSpider 4470740 YesY
KEGG D00356 YesY
Chemical data
Formula C26H40O5
Molar mass 432.593 g/mol

Latanoprost eye 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 F[1]) that lowers the pressure by increasing the outflow of aqueous fluid from the eyes through the uvealsclearal tract.[2] Latanoprost is an isopropyl ester prodrug, meaning it is inactive until it is hydrolyzed by esterases in the cornea to the biologically active acid.[3]

Latanoprost was invented by Johan W. Stjernschantz and Bahram Resul, employees of the Pharmacia Corporation of Uppsala, Sweden.[4] 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.[5] 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 is now widely available in the U.S.

Medical uses[edit]

Ocular hypertension[edit]

  • 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.[6]
  • 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.[7]

Closed-angle glaucoma[edit]

  • 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).[8]

Method of administration[edit]

One drop in the affected eye(s) once daily in the evening; do not exceed the once daily dosage.[2]

Adverse effects[edit]

Listed from most to least common:

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.

Special populations[edit]

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

Drug interactions[edit]

  • Bimatoprost: The concomitant use of Latanoprost and Bimatoprost may result in increased intraocular pressure. Risk D: Consider therapy modification
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs: 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


Use in pregnant women is limited 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.[10] Drug excretion in breast milk is unknown and require caution during lactating period. The manufacturer also recommends that caution be exercised when administering latanoprost to nursing women.[2]


Latanoprost exhibits thermal and solar instability. The concentration of Latanoprost stored at 50 °C will decrease by 10% every 8.25 days. When stored at 70 °C the concentration will decrease by 10% every 1.32 days. Ultraviolet light, for example in sunlight, causes rapid degradation of Latanoprost.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ishikawa H, Yoshitomi T, Mashimo K, Nakanishi M, Shimizu K (February 2002). "Pharmacological effects of latanoprost, prostaglandin E2, and F2alpha on isolated rabbit ciliary artery". Graefes Arch. Clin. Exp. Ophthalmol. 240 (2): 120–5. doi:10.1007/s00417-001-0412-4. PMID 11931077. 
  2. ^ a b c Patel SS, Spencer CM (1996). "Latanoprost. A review of its pharmacological properties, clinical efficacy and tolerability in the management of primary open-angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension". Drugs Aging 9 (5): 363–378. doi:10.2165/00002512-199609050-00007. PMID 8922563. 
  3. ^ Huttunen et al. (2011) Prodrugs—from Serendipity to Rational Design. Pharmacol Rev 63:750–771
  4. ^ "Patent US5296504 - Prostaglandin derivatives for the treatment of glaucoma or ocular hypertension - Google Patents". 
  5. ^ "WHO Model List of EssentialMedicines" (PDF). World Health Organization. October 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  6. ^ Perry CM, McGavin JK, Culy CR, Ibbotson T (2003). "Latanoprost. An Update of its Use in Glaucoma and Ocular Hypertension". Drugs & Aging 20 (8): 597–630. doi:10.2165/00002512-200320080-00005. PMID 12795627. 
  7. ^ Zhang WY, Wan Po AL, Dua HS, Azuara-Blanco A (2001). "Meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials comparing latanoprost with timolol in the treatment of patients with open angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension". British Journal of Ophthalmology 85: 983–990. doi:10.1136/bjo.85.8.983. PMC 1724079. PMID 11466259. 
  8. ^ Aung T; Wong HT; Yip CC; et al. (2000). "Comparison of the intraocular pressure-lowering effect of latanoprost and timolol in patients with chronic angle closure glaucoma: a preliminary study.". Ophthalmology 107 (6): 1178–83. doi:10.1016/s0161-6420(00)00073-7. PMID 10857840. 
  9. ^ Amano S, Nakai Y, Ko A, Inoue K, Wakakura M (2008). "A case of keratoconus progression associated with the use of topical latanoprost". Japanese Journal of Ophthalmology 52 (4): 334–6. doi:10.1007/s10384-008-0554-6. PMID 18773275. 
  10. ^ De Santis, M., Lucchese, A., Carducci, B., Cavaliere, A., De Santis, L., & Merola, A. et al. (2004). Latanoprost exposure in pregnancy. American Journal Of Ophthalmology, 138(2), 305.pmid=15289149.1
  11. ^ Morgan PV, Proniuk S, Blanchard J, Noecker RJ (2001). "Effect of temperature and light on the stability of latanoprost and its clinical relevance". Journal Of Glaucoma 10 (5): 401–405. doi:10.1097/00061198-200110000-00007. PMID 11711838. 

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