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A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Chemical Name: TRAVOPROST (tra-VOH-prost)
Travatan is a prostaglandin used to treat glaucoma.
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. REMOVE CONTACT LENSES before using this medicine. Wait at least 15 minutes after using this medicine before inserting your lenses. TO USE THIS MEDICINE, first, wash your hands. Tilt your head back and with your index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch. Turn the bottle upside down and allow a drop to form on the tip. Gently tap the bottle to allow the drop to fall into the pouch, look downward and gently close your eyes. Immediately use your finger to apply pressure at the corner of the eye near the nose and continue to apply gentle pressure for 1 or 2 minutes after using the medicine. Do not blink and keep your eyes closed for 1 or 2 minutes. Remove excess medicine around your eye with a clean tissue, being careful not to touch your eye. Wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them. If you need to administer 2 drops or any other kind of eye medicine, wait 5 minutes before administering the second drop or other medicine. TO PREVENT GERMS from entering your medicine, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface, including your eye. STORE THIS MEDICINE between 36 and 77 degrees F (2 and 25 degrees C) in a tightly-closed container away from heat, moisture, and light. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE, 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.
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking this medication includes stinging, dry eyes, itching, feeling of foreign body in the eye, dizziness or headache.
Green/blue or blue/gray eyes may turn brown from the use of this medicine. This change may not be noticeable for months to several years after starting this medicine. THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE a darkening of your eyelid in the treated eye. There may also be eyelash changes such as increased length, color, thickness, or number. All of these effects may be permanent.