In our latest question and answer, the pharmacist discusses using Visine and latanoprost together.
I have been recently diagnosed as "glaucoma suspect" and have to take Latanoprost eye drops once daily. Is it okay to use regular Visine type eye drops daily or as needed, while on the glaucoma drops?
Yes, you can safely use Visine eye drops with your prescribed latanoprost. However, you do want to wait at least five minutes in-between application of eye drops.
The prescribing information for Xalatan, a brand name product containing latanoprost, states the following:
Advise patients that if more than one topical ophthalmic drug is being used, the drugs should be administered at least five (5) minutes apart.
There are a few reasons for this recommendation:
Most (if not all) Visine drops are thimerosal-free, but this precaution is good to know nonetheless.
All prescription products containing latanoprost warn of use with other eye drops containing thimerosal, including one brand name product called Xelpros:
Thimerosal: Precipitation may occur if drugs containing thimerosal are used concomitantly with XELPROS. If such drugs are used, they should be administered at least five (5) minutes apart.
It is very important to instill eye drops correctly to ensure you experience the full effects of the medication.
To properly instill the eye drops: