Rescula

Name: Rescula

What should I do if I forget a dose?

Instill the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not instill a double dose to make up for a missed one.

Rescula Overview

Rescula is a prescription medication used to treat increased eye pressure in patients with glaucoma or ocular (eye) hypertension. Rescula belongs to a group of drugs called prostaglandins, which help to decrease the amount of fluid build-up in the eye.

This medication comes in eye drop solution form and is taken by placing one drop in the affected eye twice daily.

Common side effects of Rescula include burning or stinging upon use, dry eyes, itching, and increased length of eyelashes.

Uses For Rescula

Unoprostone is used to treat increased pressure in the eye caused by open-angle glaucoma. It is also used to treat a condition called ocular hypertension (hypertension of the eye).

This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.

Uses of Rescula

  • It is used to treat glaucoma.
  • It is used to lower high eye pressure.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Rescula?

  • If you have an allergy to unoprostone or any other part of Rescula (unoprostone).
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

This medicine may interact with other drugs or health problems.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this medicine with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Change in eyesight, eye pain, or very bad eye irritation.
  • If bright lights bother your eyes.
  • Eye discharge.

How do I store and/or throw out Rescula?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Keep lid tightly closed.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

In Summary

Common side effects of Rescula include: burning sensation of eyes, conjunctival injection, eye pruritus, stinging of eyes, xerophthalmia, and increased eyelash length. Other side effects include: eyelid disease, visual disturbance, abnormal lacrimation, decreased eyelash length, and foreign body sensation. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.

For the Consumer

Applies to unoprostone ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution

Along with its needed effects, unoprostone ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Rescula) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur while taking unoprostone ophthalmic:

Less common
  • Blood in the whites of the eyes
  • blurred vision or eye pain
  • eye irritation or redness
Rare
  • Blindness
  • color blindness
  • decreased vision or other changes in vision

Some side effects of unoprostone ophthalmic may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common
  • Abnormal tearing of eyes
  • burning or stinging of eyes
  • chills
  • cough
  • diarrhea
  • double vision
  • dry eyes
  • fever
  • general feeling of discomfort or illness
  • headache
  • itching of eyes
  • joint pain
  • loss of appetite
  • muscle aches and pains
  • nausea
  • runny nose
  • shivering
  • sore throat
  • sweating
  • trouble sleeping
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting
Less common or rare
  • Discharge from eye
  • inflammation of the eye
  • redness, pain, swelling of eye, eyelid, or inner lining of eyelid
  • sensitivity to light

Some side effects of unoprostone ophthalmic may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common
  • Feeling of having something in the eye
  • increased or decreased length of eyelashes
Less common or rare
  • Change in the color of the iris or eyelid
  • increase in number of eyelashes
  • difficulty seeing at night
  • increased sensitivity of eyes to sunlight

Unoprostone ophthalmic Pregnancy Warnings

Animal studies have shown an increase in the incidence of miscarriages, an increase in the incidence of premature delivery, a decrease in live birth index, and a decrease in weight at birth. There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. US FDA pregnancy category C: Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.

This drug should be used during pregnancy only if the benefit outweighs the risk to the fetus. US FDA pregnancy category: C

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