bimatoprost, Latisse, Lumigan (cont.)

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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.



PREPARATIONS: Solution (eye drops): 0.01% and 0.03%

STORAGE: S Solutions should be store at 2 C to 25 C (36 F to 77 F).

DOSING: The recommended dosage of bimatoprost for reducing IOP is one drop of Lumigan 0.01 or 0.03% in the affected eye(s) once daily in the evening. More frequent administration may reduce the IOP-reducing effect. Reduction in IOP starts approximately four hours after administration and maximum effect occurs in approximately 8 to 12 hours.

The recommended regimen for increasing eyelash growth is one drop of Latisse 0.03% applied with an applicator evenly along the skin of the upper eyelid at the base of the eyelashes of each eye every evening.


  • Bimatoprost should be administered at least five minutes before or after other eye medications.
  • Use of bimatoprost for eyelash growth may increase or decrease the effect of prostaglandin-like drugs used for treating elevated IOP.
  • Bimatoprost solution contains benzalkonium chloride, which may be absorbed by soft contact lenses. Contact lenses should be removed prior to application of bimatoprost. Contact lenses may be reinserted 15 minutes following administration of bimatoprost.

PREGNANCY: Use of bimatoprost in pregnancy has not been adequately evaluated.

NURSING MOTHERS: It is not known whether bimatoprost is excreted in human breast milk.

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/17/2014

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