Generic Name: bimatoprost topical ophthalmic (bye MAT oh prost TOP ik al off THAL mik)
Brand Names: Latisse
What is Latisse?
Latisse (bimatoprost)is a manmade form of a naturally occurring substance called a prostaglandin.
Latisse is used to treat hypotrichosis (abnormal growth of the eyelashes). This medicine helps increase the growth, length, thickness, and darkness of eyelashes.
Latisse may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Stop using Latisse and call your doctor at once if this medicine causes severe eye irritation, eye pain, or vision changes.
Before using Latisse
You should not use Latisse if you are allergic to bimatoprost.
To make sure Latisse is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
a history of glaucoma or increased pressure inside your eyes;
any swelling or infection in or around your eye; or
a history of eye injury or eye surgery.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether Latisse will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
See also: Pregnancy and breastfeeding warnings (in more detail)
It is not known whether bimatoprost passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Do not give this medication to anyone under 18 years old without medical advice.
How should I use Latisse?
Latisse is usually applied each night. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger amounts than recommended. Using more of this medicine will not make it more effective.
Do not use this medication while wearing contact lenses. Latisse may contain a preservative that can discolor soft contact lenses. Wait at least 15 minutes after using this medicine before putting in your contact lenses.
Wash and thoroughly dry your face before using this medicine. Remove all makeup.
Use only the disposable applicators provided with your medicine to apply it. Do not use the same applicator to treat both eyes. Throw away an applicator after one use.
Apply the medicine directly to the skin of your upper eyelid at the base of your eyelashes. Do not use on the lower eyelid. Use a clean tissue to gently blot any medicine that drips from your eyelids.
Do not place this medicine directly into your eye.
Do not touch the tip of the medicine dropper. A contaminated dropper can infect your eye, which could lead to serious vision problems.
It may take up to 2 months before your lash growth improves. The effects of this medicine are not permanent. Your eyelash growth will return to its pretreatment levels after you stop using Latisse.
Tell your doctor at once if you have an eye injury, if you develop an eye infection, or if you plan to have eye surgery.
Store Latisse at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Skip the missed dose and wait until the next night to apply the medicine. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid?
Avoid getting this medicine on any skin areas outside the base of your eyelashes. Increased hair growth can occur on any skin surface that comes into contact with Latisse.
If this medication gets directly in your eyes, rinse with water.
Latisse side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Latisse: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using Latisse and call your doctor at once if you have:
severe burning or itching of your eyes;
severe redness or swelling in or around your eye;
vision problems, eye pain, seeing halos around lights;
oozing or discharge from your eye; or
increased sensitivity to light.
Latisse may cause a gradual change in the color of your eyes or eyelids. These color changes, usually an increase in brown pigment, occur slowly and you may not notice them for months or years. Eye color changes may be permanent even after your treatment ends.
Common Latisse side effects may include:
mild eye discomfort;
dry or watery eyes; or
mild eye redness or puffy eyelids.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
What other drugs will affect Latisse?
It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied bimatoprost. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Where can I get more information?
- Your pharmacist can provide more information about Latisse.
- Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use Latisse only for the indication prescribed.
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