Some general considerations for when and how to take this drug include the following:
- Bimatoprost comes in the form of eye drops to be applied into the eye (Lumigan) or onto the eyelash line (Latisse). It is usually taken once a day in the evening.
- Always wash your hands thoroughly before using it.
- Latisse is applied using special sterile, single-use applicators that come with the medication. Lumigan is applied like any other eye drop (into the eye).
- For Lumigan, gently pull your lower eyelid down with a finger (most people find that their middle fingers work best) to create a small pocket. Without actually touching the dropper to the eye, squeeze the bottle to place one drop into the lower eyelid.
- Keep the bottle free of contamination by avoiding touching the tip to anything, including your eye, hands, or any surfaces.
- If you use other eye drops, make sure to separate bimatoprost and your other eye drops by at least five minutes.
- If you wear contacts, remove them before using bimatoprost and wait at least 15 minutes before putting them back in.
- For bimatoprost to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.
The specific dosing instructions for this medication vary, depending on whether you are using it to treat glaucoma or to enhance eyelashes. As is always the case, do not adjust your bimatoprost dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Bimatoprost Dosage for more information.)