Side Effects of Bimatoprost

Common Side Effects of Bimatoprost

Bimatoprost has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials in which the side effects of a group of people taking the drug are carefully documented. In these studies, the most common side effects of bimatoprost (occurring in 15 to 45 percent of people) when used to treat high eye pressure or glaucoma included:
  • Eye redness
  • Increased eyelash growth
  • Eye itching.
Other common bimatoprost side effects (occurring in 3 to 10 percent of people) in clinical trials of the drug for high eye pressure or glaucoma included:
  • Dry eyes
  • Vision changes
  • Eye burning or pain
  • Feeling like something is stuck in the eye
  • Darkening of the eyelids
  • Inflammation or redness of the eyelids
  • Cataracts
  • Punctuate epithelial keratopathy (an eye condition involving damage or irritation to the cornea of the eye)
  • Eye irritation
  • Darkening of the eyelashes
  • Eye discharge or tearing
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Eye strain or fatigue
  • Darkening of the iris (the colored part of the eye).
The change in eye color caused by bimatoprost is permanent. Eyelash and eyelid color changes may improve once bimatoprost is stopped. These eye, eyelid, or eyelash color changes are not dangerous.
Side effects seen with bimatoprost used to enhance eyelashes are similar to the side effects seen when the drug is used to treat high eye pressure (see Latisse Side Effects for more information).

Final Thoughts on Bimatoprost Side Effects

It is possible that you may experience some or none of the bimatoprost side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have side effects from a medicine that you have never tried. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while taking bimatoprost or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be a side effect, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.

Bimatoprost Drug Information

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