bimatoprost, Latisse, Lumigan

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GENERIC NAME: bimatoprost

BRAND NAME: Latisse, Lumigan

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: 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.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Bimatoprost is used for reducing IOP in individuals with narrow angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension. It also is used for increasing thickness, length, and darkness of eyelashes.

SIDE EFFECTS: 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.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/17/2014



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