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Hello, I have been using Travatan to keep my eye pressure

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Hello,

I have been using Travatan to keep my eye pressure low for about 10 years. My new eye doctor suggested changing to Xalatan since it's now cheaper (generic). I never had eye color changes with the Travatan and she assured me that Xalatan would not either since it's a similar drug.

1. Is this true?
2. Will it have similar efficacy ( I'm around 12 - 17 pressure for the past 10 years). I'm 49.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. James replied 5 years ago.

Dr. James :

Hello.

Dr. James :

Have you switched to Xalatan yet?

Customer:

Not yet - just thinking about doing it now.

Dr. James :

Xalatan is in the same class as Travatan.

Dr. James :

In terms of the side effect with eye color change, it should be similar.

Dr. James :

There are some patients where one medicine may work better than the other, even though it is in the same class.

Customer:

So probably no change - I have brown eyes with a green ring (my wife is very fond of the green).

Dr. James :

They mostly work similarly though. I routinely change switch medicines for patients depending on their drug prescription plans.

Customer:

Great. Thank you very much.

Dr. James :

If you have not had change with the travatan, then should have much effect with the xalatan.

Dr. James :

You're welcome.

Dr. James :

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Customer:

OK - just about to. Thanks again.

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