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Macular edema, eye infections, and allergic reactions are rare but potentially serious side effects of bimatoprost. However, most side effects of the medication are minor and do not require medical attention in most cases. Some of the most commonly reported (and typically mild) bimatoprost side effects include red eyes, eye itching, and increased eyelash growth.

An Introduction to Bimatoprost Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with bimatoprost ophthalmic solution (Latisse®, Lumigan®). However, not everyone who takes the medication will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with bimatoprost. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of bimatoprost side effects with you.)

Serious Side Effects Seen With Bimatoprost

Some side effects with bimatoprost, while occurring infrequently, are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include, but are not limited to:
  • Eye infections (if the bottle becomes contaminated with use)
  • Macular edema (swelling of the macula of the eye)
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, including an unexplained rash, hives, itching, unexplained swelling, or difficulty breathing.
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