bimatoprost topical ophthalmicPronunciation
Generic Name: bimatoprost topical ophthalmic (bye MAT oh prost TOP ik al off THAL mik)
Brand Name: Latisse
What is bimatoprost topical ophthalmic?
Bimatoprost topical ophthalmic is a manmade form of a naturally occurring substance called a prostaglandin.
Bimatoprost topical ophthalmic is used to treat hypotrichosis (abnormal growth of the eyelashes). Bimatoprost helps increase the growth, length, thickness, and darkness of eyelashes.
Bimatoprost topical ophthalmic may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What is the most important information I should know about bimatoprost topical ophthalmic?
Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using bimatoprost topical ophthalmic?
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to bimatoprost.
To make sure this medicine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
a history of glaucoma or increased pressure inside your eyes;
an eye condition called uveitis;
any swelling or infection in or around your eye; or
a history of eye injury or eye surgery.
It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
It is not known whether this medicine 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 medicine to a child without medical advice.
How should I use bimatoprost topical ophthalmic?
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.
Use this medicine in the evening, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
Do not use this medication while wearing contact lenses. Bimatoprost topical ophthalmic 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.
Read all patient information, medication guides, and instruction sheets provided to you. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
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.
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 bimatoprost topical ophthalmic.
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 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 while using bimatoprost topical ophthalmic?
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 bimatoprost topical ophthalmic.
If this medication gets directly in your eyes, rinse with water.
Bimatoprost topical ophthalmic side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using this medicine 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.
This medicine may cause a gradual change in the color or appearance of your eyes, eyelids, or eyelashes. These changes occur slowly and you may not notice them for months or years. Color changes can be permanent and may occur only in the treated eye. This could result in a cosmetic difference from one eye to the other.
Common side effects may include:
eye redness or itching.
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)
Bimatoprost topical ophthalmic dosing information
Usual Adult Dose for Hypotrichosis of the Eyelashes:
Apply 1 drop to the upper eyelid margin of each eye once a day at night
-Additional drops or applications will not increase eyelash growth
-Apply topically to clean, makeup-free skin using the supplied sterile applicators; 1 applicator for each eye
-Place 1 drop of this drug on an applicator; apply evenly along the skin of the upper eyelid at base of lashes.
-Following administration, upper lid margin should feel lightly moist; if there is runoff, blot with a tissue or absorbent cloth.
-Repeat for the opposite eyelid margin using a new sterile applicator.
Comment: Eyelash growth is expected to return to pretreatment levels upon drug discontinuation.
Use: For the treatment of hypotrichosis of the eyelashes by increasing growth including length, thickness, and darkness.
What other drugs will affect bimatoprost topical ophthalmic?
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 bimatoprost topical ophthalmic.
- Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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Date modified: May 03, 2017
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