Xalacom is used to lower raised pressure in the eye and to treat glaucoma. Glaucoma is a condition in which the pressure of fluid in the eye may be high. However, some people with glaucoma may have normal eye pressure. Glaucoma is usually caused by a build up of the fluid which flows through the eye.
This is a combination product containing two different medications: latanoprost and timolol. Latanoprost belongs to a class of medications called prostaglandin analogs. It works to reduce the pressure in the eye by allowing fluid in the eye to flow better. Timolol belongs to a class of medications called beta-adrenergic receptor blockers (also known as “beta-blockers”). Latanoprost – timolol solution is available in an eye-drop form. It is used to reduce the pressure inside the eye for people with open-angle glaucoma or intraocular hypertension (increased pressure in the eye).
This medication is intended to be used by people with chronic open-angle glaucoma or by people with ocular hypertension who do not get a complete response to treatment with only one medication and are considered appropriate candidates for combination therapy. The combined effect of these two medications results in a larger decrease in pressure compared to either medication alone. However, this medication is not to be used as initial treatment.
Fluid is constantly being formed and drained out of the eye. When this fluid does not drain out of the eye properly, pressure inside the eye increases. Latanoprost – timolol works by reducing the amount of fluid produced by the eye and by increasing the flow of fluid out of the eye.