- What is bimatoprost, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for bimatoprost?
- Is bimatoprost available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for bimatoprost?
- What are the side effects of bimatoprost?
- What is the dosage for bimatoprost?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with bimatoprost?
- Is bimatoprost safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about bimatoprost?
What is bimatoprost, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Bimatoprost is a synthetic (man-made) drug that resembles and mimics the effects of natural chemicals (prostaglandins) produced by the body and is used for reducing intraocular pressure (IOP) and increasing the growth of eyelashes. The exact mechanism of action is unknown. Bimatoprost may reduce IOP by increasing the outflow of aqueous humor from the eye of individuals with narrow angle glaucoma. Excessive aqueous humor may cause optic nerve damage and visual loss. It may increase eyelash growth by increasing the duration of the growing phase of the eyelash.
The FDA approved Lumigan in March 2001 and Latisse in December 2008.
What brand names are available for bimatoprost?
Is bimatoprost available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: No
Do I need a prescription for bimatoprost?
What are the side effects of bimatoprost?
Common side effects include:
- Itching of the eyes
- Growth of eyelashes
- Eye irritation
- Dry eyes
- Eye redness
- Eye lash darkening and reversible darkening of skin around the eyes
Bimatoprost may also cause permanent brown pigmentation in the colored part of the eye and hair growth in other areas of the body that it comes in contact with.
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