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Bimatoprost ophthalmic Side Effects

In Summary

Commonly reported side effects of bimatoprost ophthalmic include: increased growth in number of eyelashes. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.

For the Consumer

Applies to bimatoprost ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution

Along with its needed effects, bimatoprost ophthalmic 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 immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking bimatoprost ophthalmic:

Less Common

  • Blindness
  • bloody eye
  • blurred or decreased vision
  • change in color vision
  • color changes in the skin around the eyes
  • difficulty seeing at night
  • disturbed color perception
  • double vision
  • dry eyes
  • eye color changes
  • fever or chills
  • halos around lights
  • lack or loss of strength
  • loss of vision
  • night blindness
  • overbright appearance of lights
  • redness, burning, dry, or itching eyes
  • redness, pain, swelling of the eye, eyelid, or inner lining of the eyelid
  • tunnel vision

Some side effects of bimatoprost 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

  • Body aches or pain
  • cough
  • difficulty with breathing
  • ear congestion
  • headache
  • loss of voice
  • nasal congestion
  • redness of the white part of eyes or inside of the eyelids
  • runny nose
  • sneezing
  • sore throat
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

Less Common

  • Darkening of the eyelashes
  • eye discharge or excessive tearing
  • eye strain
  • feeling of having something in the eye
  • increase in hair growth
  • increased sensitivity of the eyes to sunlight

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to bimatoprost ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution


Very common (10% or more): Conjunctival hyperemia, ocular pruritus, growth of eyelashes

Common (1% to 10%): Superficial punctate keratitis, corneal erosion, ocular burning, ocular irritation, allergic conjunctivitis, blepharitis, worsening of visual acuity, asthenopia, conjunctival edema, foreign body sensation, ocular dryness, eye pain, photophobia, tearing, eye discharge, visual disturbance/blurred vision, increased iris pigmentation, eyelash darkening, eyelid erythema, eyelid pruritus

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Retinal hemorrhage, uveitis, cystoid macular edema, iritis, blepharospasm, eyelid retraction, periorbital erythema, eyelid edema

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Corneal calcification (in association with the use of phosphate containing eye drops in some patients with significantly damaged corneas)

Frequency not reported: Enophthalmos

Postmarketing reports: Increased lacrimation, skin discoloration (periorbital)[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Pigmentation of periocular skin

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hirsutism

Frequency not reported: Abnormal hair growth

Postmarketing reports: Trichorrhexis, madarosis[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Asthma, asthma exacerbation, COPD exacerbation, dyspnea, upper respiratory tract infections, cold[Ref]

Nervous system

Common (1% to 10%): Headache

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Dizziness, vertigo[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Abnormal liver function test[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Asthenia[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Hypertension[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Nausea[Ref]


The most frequently reported adverse reaction was conjunctival hyperemia.[Ref]


Postmarketing reports: Hypersensitivity[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Depression[Ref]


1. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0

2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0

3. "Product Information. Lumigan (bimatoprost ophthalmic)" Allergan Inc, Irvine, CA.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.