Bimatoprost is a medication indicated for patients with insufficient or inadequate eyelashes. By stimulating the growth of additional eyelashes and enhancing their length, thickness, and darkness, bimatoprost renders them more visible. This effect is due to the similarity of bimatoprost to a natural chemical found in the body, known as prostaglandin.
Bimatoprost is also used to treat glaucoma, although caution must be exercised to avoid unintended application of the medication onto the eyes while using it for eyelash growth. Such an occurrence may reduce the effectiveness of bimatoprost for treating glaucoma.
Uses and Dosage
Topical bimatoprost is available in liquid form to apply to the upper eyelids. Typically, it is applied once daily in the evening. Use it at the same time every day.
Strictly adhere to the prescribed dosage and frequency and avoid using more or less of it or using it more frequently than directed.
Using topical bimatoprost more than once a day will not increase eyelash growth. It may take up to four weeks before any visible benefit from the medication is noticed, and the full effect may take up to 16 weeks.
Continue using topical bimatoprost as directed, even if there is some improvement. The medication only promotes eyelash growth as long as it is used. If discontinued, eyelashes will return to their original state within a few weeks to months.
Avoid applying topical bimatoprost to the lower eyelids or broken or irritated skin on the upper eyelids. Repeated application of the solution may promote hair growth on other areas of the skin. Blot excess solution outside the upper eyelid margin with a tissue or absorbent material.
In case topical bimatoprost accidentally gets into your eye(s) during application, it is not expected to cause any harm, and you should not rinse your eye(s).
Topical bimatoprost is accompanied by sterile applicators for use. Avoid reusing them or using a cotton swab or any other brush or applicator.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:
- temporary blurry vision
- burning, dryness, itching, redness of the eye
- darkening of eyelid skin colour
- eye irritation
- redness of eyelids
Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:
- eye or eyelid infection
- eye pain
- vision changes
Prior to using bimatoprost, inform your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you have any allergies to it or to similar drugs such as latanoprost and travoprost. This product may contain inactive components, including preservatives like benzalkonium chloride, which may trigger allergic reactions or other complications, such as discoloration of contact lenses.
Before using this medication, disclose your medical history, particularly any issues with eye pressure (such as glaucoma), or other eye conditions, such as macular edema, iritis, uveitis, lens extraction/aphakia.
If you encounter a new eye condition such as an infection, eye surgery, or eye injury while using this medication, consult with your doctor to discuss whether to start using a new bottle.
If you are scheduled for an eye pressure test, inform the testing personnel, such as an optometrist or ophthalmologist, that you are using this medication.
During pregnancy, use this medication only when it is absolutely necessary. Discuss with your doctor about the risks and benefits of using the medication.
It is unclear whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult with your doctor before breastfeeding while using this medication.
Form and Strength
Latisse is available in the following forms and strengths:
Latisse ophalthalmic solution:
Does Latisse have to be used indefinitely?
The effects are not permanent, and your eyelashes will return to their normal thickness after two months if you stop using the product.
How long does it take for Latisse to work?
It usually takes at least two months before the lashes begin to thicken, with full results occurring within three to four months.