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What should I know about Xalatan before taking it?

Before taking Xalatan (latanoprost ophthalmic), you should know that it may permanently darken the color of your eyes, eyelids, or eyelashes. If only one eye is treated, your eyes may be two different colors. Xalatan can also cause your eyelashes to become longer or thicker.

Also, Xalatan is designated a Category C drug by the United States Food and Drug Administration, which means that it is harmful to fetuses in animals but has not been extensively studied in humans. Your doctor may prescribe Xalatan if the benefits outweigh the risk of using it during pregnancy.

Finally, excessive use of Xalatan can make the medication less effective in reducing the pressure in your eyes.

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