Bimatoprost Drug Information
Bimatoprost ophthalmic solution (Lumigan®) is a prescription medication approved to lower eye pressure in people with the following eye conditions:
Although bimatoprost was originally developed to treat high eye pressure, people taking it for this use noticed an interesting side effect: longer, thicker, and darker eyelashes. In time, people got the idea to use bimatoprost specifically for enhancing eyelashes. The form of bimatoprost approved for this use is sold under the name Latisse®.
Bimatoprost eyedrops are applied into the eye (Lumigan) or onto the eyelash line (Latisse). Dry eyes, darkening of the iris, and eye itching are some of the most commonly reported side effects.
Before using bimatoprost, make sure your healthcare provider has up-to-date information on any other drugs you are taking, including vitamins and supplements, as well as any allergies you may have, including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you have any other medical conditions, such as iritis or uveitis.
(For more information on this drug, including other possible side effects and what to do if you miss a dose, click Bimatoprost.)