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Are there any risks in taking Xalatan (latanoprost ophthalmic)?

The risks of using Xalatan (latanoprost ophthalmic) include common side effects, such as blurred vision; red eyes (conjunctival hyperemia); itching, tingling and burning; change in color of the eyes, eyelids or eyelashes; thickening or lengthening of the eyelashes; and damage to the cornea. Using Xalatan also can lead to eye infection, discharge from the eye, double vision, blood clots in the retinal artery, detached retina, swelling of the eye (macular edema) and inflammation inside the eye (iritis or uveitis). People with diabetic retinopathy may experience bleeding in the eye.

If Xalatan is used during pregnancy, there may be a risk of harm to the unborn child. No research has shown this to be a problem in humans, but deaths of fetuses have occurred in animals given very high doses of the drug.

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