Careprost eye solution is used to treat glaucoma (a condition in which pressure in the eye is increased and can lead to gradual loss of vision) and ocular hypertension (increased pressure in the eye).
Use Careprost as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Use Careprost in the evening unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
Soft contact lenses may absorb a chemical in Careprost. Remove contact lenses before you use Careprost; lenses may be placed back in the eyes 15 minutes after use of Careprost.
Wash your hands before and after using Careprost.
Tilt your head back. Using your index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch. Drop the medicine into the pouch and gently close your eyes. Immediately use your finger to apply pressure to the inside corner of the eyelid for 1 to 2 minutes. Do not blink. Remove excess medicine around your eye with a clean, dry tissue, being careful not to touch your eye. Wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them.
To prevent waste of Careprost, do not squeeze the bottle. Turn the bottle upright immediately after a drop is released.
To prevent germs from contaminating your medicine, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface, including the eye. Keep the container tightly closed.
Use Careprost at least 5 minutes apart from any other medicine that you put in your eye.
Continue to use Careprost even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
If you miss a dose of Careprost, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.
As a 0.03% solution: Instill 1 drop into affected eye(s) once every night.
Store Careprost drops between 36 and 77 degrees F (2 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Careprost drops out of the reach of children and away from pets.
Careprost drops is for use in the eye only. Do not get it in your nose or mouth.
Careprost drops may make your eyes more sensitive to light. Use Careprost drops with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it. If your eyes become sensitive to light, wearing sunglasses may help.
Careprost drops may cause the colored part of your eye (iris) to turn brown. This change may be permanent. It may not be noticeable for several months to years. If it occurs, you will need to have regular eye examinations. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
Careprost drops may cause the whites of your eyes and your eyelids to darken. It may also cause changes in the way that your eyelashes grow (eg, length, thickness, number of lashes). These effects usually go away after you stop using Careprost drops. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
Do NOT use more than the recommended dose without checking with your doctor.
If you will be having eye surgery, tell your doctor that you use Careprost drops.
Lab tests, including eye pressure, may be performed while you use Careprost drops. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
Careprost drops should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Careprost drops while you are pregnant. It is not known if Careprost drops is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Careprost drops, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Avoid getting this medicine on any skin areas outside the base of your eyelashes. Increased hair growth can occur on any skin surface that comes into contact with Careprost.
Some medical conditions may interact with Careprost drops. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
if you have inflammation, swelling, infection, or injury of the eye
if you do not have a lens in your eye or have had the lens in your eye replaced
if you have other types of glaucoma (eg, narrow-angle, neovascular)
if you will be having eye surgery
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
blurred or decreased vision
change in color vision
color changes in the skin around the eyes
difficulty seeing at night
disturbed color perception
eye color changes
fever or chills
halos around lights
lack or loss of strength
loss of vision
overbright appearance of lights
redness, burning, dry, or itching eyes
redness, pain, swelling of the eye, eyelid, or inner lining of the eyelid
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
Body aches or pain
difficulty with breathing
loss of voice
redness of the white part of eyes or inside of the eyelids
unusual tiredness or weakness
Darkening of the eyelashes
eye discharge or excessive tearing
feeling of having something in the eye
increase in hair growth
increased sensitivity of the eyes to sunlight
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.