Why is this medication prescribed?
Rescula (unoprostone) is a medication primarily prescribed for the treatment of open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension. These conditions are related to increased intraocular pressure (IOP) in the eye, which can lead to optic nerve damage and vision loss if left untreated.
Unoprostone, the active ingredient in Rescula, is a prostaglandin analog. It works by increasing the outflow of aqueous humor (the fluid within the eye) to reduce intraocular pressure. By lowering intraocular pressure, Rescula helps to prevent damage to the optic nerve and preserve vision in individuals with glaucoma or ocular hypertension.
How should this medicine be used?
The typical recommended dosage of Rescula is one drop in the affected eye(s) twice daily, approximately 12 hours apart. It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions regarding the dosage and administration schedule. If you are using other eye medications, there should be a time interval between the administration of different eye drops to avoid potential interactions.
Here are some general guidelines on how to use Rescula eye drops:
- Wash your hands thoroughly before handling the eye drops.
- Tilt your head back or lie down and look upward.
- Pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket.
- Hold the dropper above the eye, and without touching the tip to any surface, squeeze the prescribed number of drops into the eye.
- Close your eyes gently and keep them closed for a minute or two.
- Press a finger against the inner corner of the eye (near the nose) for about a minute. This helps prevent the medication from draining into the tear duct and being absorbed systemically.
It’s important to use Rescula regularly and as prescribed by your doctor to achieve the maximum benefit. If you have any questions about the use of Rescula or its potential side effects, consult with your healthcare provider for guidance. Additionally, inform your doctor about any other medications you are taking and any pre-existing health conditions you may have.
Other uses for this medicine
Rescula (unoprostone) is primarily prescribed for the treatment of open-angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension. It is important to note that the information provided here is based on the approved uses up to that point, and new indications may have been approved since then. Always consult with a healthcare professional or check the latest medical sources for the most current information.
What special precautions should I follow?
Regarding special precautions for using Rescula, here are some key considerations:
- Inform your healthcare provider: Provide a detailed medical history, including any eye conditions, allergies, or other health issues. Inform your doctor about all medications, including over-the-counter drugs, supplements, and herbal products, that you are currently taking or plan to take during Rescula treatment.
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding. The safety of Rescula during pregnancy and breastfeeding has not been well studied, and your doctor will weigh the potential risks and benefits before prescribing it.
- Allergic reactions: If you have a known allergy to unoprostone or any other ingredients in Rescula, inform your doctor. Allergic reactions can include rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, or difficulty breathing.
- Contact lenses: If you wear contact lenses, it is recommended to remove them before using Rescula eye drops. You can reinsert your lenses 15 minutes after using the medication. Consult your eye care professional for specific advice.
- Eye conditions: Inform your doctor if you have any other eye conditions or if you have had eye surgery, as this may affect the suitability of Rescula for your situation.
- Systemic absorption: Although Rescula is an eye drop and is primarily used to reduce intraocular pressure locally, some of the medication may be absorbed systemically. This can lead to potential side effects. Inform your doctor of any systemic side effects you may experience.
- Regular eye exams: Regularly attend follow-up appointments with your eye doctor to monitor the effectiveness of Rescula and any potential side effects.
It’s crucial to follow your healthcare provider’s instructions and adhere to the prescribed dosage and schedule. If you have any concerns or experience unexpected side effects, contact your healthcare provider promptly.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
There are generally no specific dietary instructions associated with Rescula. However, it’s crucial to maintain a healthy lifestyle and inform your healthcare provider about any dietary supplements or changes in your diet.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
If you forget to take a dose of Rescula, follow these general guidelines:
- If it’s almost time for the next dose: Skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not double up on doses to make up for a missed one.
- If you remember well before the next dose: Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it’s almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one and continue with your regular schedule.
- If you remember close to the next dose: Skip the missed dose and continue with the regular schedule.
- If in doubt or if you miss multiple doses: Contact your healthcare provider for guidance.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Rescula (unoprostone) may cause side effects in some individuals. It’s important to note that not everyone will experience these side effects, and some people may experience side effects that are not listed. If you are prescribed Rescula and have concerns about potential side effects, it’s recommended to discuss them with your healthcare provider. Here are some common and less common side effects associated with Rescula:
Common Side Effects:
- Burning or stinging sensation in the eyes
- Itching or redness in the eyes
- Changes in the color of the iris (the colored part of the eye)
- Increased sensitivity to light
Less Common Side Effects:
- Blurred vision
- Eye pain
- Foreign body sensation in the eyes
- Dry eyes
- Discomfort or tearing
Rare Side Effects:
- Changes in eyelash growth and pigmentation
- Eyelid skin darkening
- Allergic reactions (rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, difficulty breathing)
If you experience severe or persistent side effects, contact your healthcare provider promptly. Additionally, if you notice any changes in your vision, it’s essential to inform your doctor.
In some cases, Rescula may be absorbed systemically, potentially leading to side effects outside the eye. Inform your healthcare provider if you experience any unusual or systemic symptoms.
This list is not exhaustive, and individual responses to medication can vary. Always follow your healthcare provider’s instructions and report any concerns or adverse effects promptly. If you have specific questions about Rescula or its side effects, consult with your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
Storage and Disposal of Rescula:
- Store Rescula eye drops at room temperature between 59°F to 86°F (15°C to 30°C).
- Keep the medication away from light and moisture.
- Do not freeze Rescula.
- Dispose of unused or expired Rescula as instructed by your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
- Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so.
- Follow local regulations and guidelines for the proper disposal of medications.
In case of emergency/overdose
If you suspect an overdose or experience severe systemic side effects, seek emergency medical attention or contact a poison control center immediately. Symptoms of an overdose may include:
- Severe headache
- Unusual tiredness
- Breathing difficulties
What other information should I know?
- Follow Instructions: Use Rescula exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change the dosage or stop using the medication without consulting your doctor.
- Regular Follow-Up: Attend regular follow-up appointments with your eye doctor to monitor the effectiveness of Rescula and check for any side effects.
- Inform Healthcare Providers: Inform all healthcare providers, including dentists and eye specialists, about your use of Rescula.
- Contact Lenses: Remove contact lenses before using Rescula and wait at least 15 minutes before reinserting them.
- Allergic Reactions: If you experience signs of an allergic reaction, such as rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, or difficulty breathing, seek immediate medical attention.
- Systemic Effects: Be aware that Rescula may be absorbed systemically, and monitor for any systemic side effects.
- Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
- Interactions: Inform your healthcare provider about all medications, including over-the-counter drugs and supplements, that you are currently taking, as they may interact with Rescula.
Always consult with your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you have questions or concerns about Rescula or its use. They can provide personalized advice based on your medical history and current health status.