Health Encyclopedia > Medications

bimatoprost topical ophthalmic

Pronunciation: bye MAT oh prost TOP ik al off THAL mik

Brand: Latisse

What is the most important information I should know about bimatoprost topical ophthalmic?

Bimatoprost topical ophthalmic is used to help increase eyelash growth in people with hypotrichosis (abnormal growth of the eyelashes).

Multum calldoc

Stop using bimatoprost topical ophthalmic and call your doctor at once if this medicine causes severe eye irritation, eye pain, or vision changes.

What is bimatoprost topical ophthalmic?

Bimatoprost topical ophthalmic is a manmade form of a naturally occurring substance called a prostaglandin.

Bimatoprost topical ophthalmic is used to treat hypotrichosis (abnormal growth of the eyelashes). This medicine helps increase the growth, length, thickness, and darkness of eyelashes.

Bimatoprost topical ophthalmic may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using bimatoprost topical ophthalmic?

Multum donot

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to bimatoprost.

To make sure bimatoprost topical ophthalmic is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

  • a history of glaucoma or increased pressure inside your eyes;
  • uveitis;
  • any swelling or infection in or around your eye; or
  • a history of eye injury or eye surgery.
Multum nopreg

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether bimatoprost topical ophthalmic will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

Multum nobrfeed

It is not known whether bimatoprost topical ophthalmic passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Multum nochild

Do not give this medication to anyone under 18 years old without medical advice.

How should I use bimatoprost topical ophthalmic?

This medicine is usually applied each night. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger amounts than recommended. Using more of this medicine will not make it more effective.

Do not use this medication while wearing contact lenses. Bimatoprost topical ophthalmic may contain a preservative that can discolor soft contact lenses. Wait at least 15 minutes after using this medicine before putting in your contact lenses.

Wash and thoroughly dry your face before using this medicine. Remove all makeup.

Use only the disposable applicators provided with your medicine to apply it. Do not use the same applicator to treat both eyes. Throw away an applicator after one use.

Apply the medicine directly to the skin of your upper eyelid at the base of your eyelashes. Do not use on the lower eyelid. Use a clean tissue to gently blot any medicine that drips from your eyelids.

Multum donot

Do not place this medicine directly into your eye.

Do not touch the tip of the medicine dropper. A contaminated dropper can infect your eye, which could lead to serious vision problems.

It may take up to 2 months before your lash growth improves. The effects of this medicine are not permanent. Your eyelash growth will return to its pretreatment levels after you stop using bimatoprost topical ophthalmic.

Multum emt

Tell your doctor at once if you have an eye injury, if you develop an eye infection, or if you plan to have eye surgery.

Multum rt

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Skip the missed dose and wait until the next night to apply the medicine. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Multum emt

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while using bimatoprost topical ophthalmic?

Avoid getting this medicine on any skin areas outside the base of your eyelashes. Increased hair growth can occur on any skin surface that comes into contact with bimatoprost topical ophthalmic.

If this medication gets directly in your eyes, rinse with water.

What are the possible side effects of bimatoprost topical ophthalmic?

Multum emt

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Multum calldoc

Stop using bimatoprost topical ophthalmic and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • severe burning or itching of your eyes;
  • severe redness or swelling in or around your eye;
  • vision problems, eye pain, seeing halos around lights;
  • oozing or discharge from your eye; or
  • increased sensitivity to light.

Bimatoprost topical ophthalmic may cause a gradual change in the color of your eyes or eyelids. These color changes, usually an increase in brown pigment, occur slowly and you may not notice them for months or years. Eye color changes may be permanent even after your treatment ends.

Common side effects may include:

  • mild eye discomfort;
  • dry or watery eyes; or
  • mild eye redness or puffy eyelids.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect bimatoprost topical ophthalmic?

It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied bimatoprost. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about bimatoprost topical ophthalmic.


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided by Cerner Multum, Inc. ('Multum') is accurate, up-to-date, and complete, but no guarantee is made to that effect. Drug information contained herein may be time sensitive. Multum information has been compiled for use by healthcare practitioners and consumers in the United States and therefore Multum does not warrant that uses outside of the United States are appropriate, unless specifically indicated otherwise. Multum's drug information does not endorse drugs, diagnose patients or recommend therapy. Multum's drug information is an informational resource designed to assist licensed healthcare practitioners in caring for their patients and/or to serve consumers viewing this service as a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the expertise, skill, knowledge and judgment of healthcare practitioners. The absence of a warning for a given drug or drug combination in no way should be construed to indicate that the drug or drug combination is safe, effective or appropriate for any given patient. Multum does not assume any responsibility for any aspect of healthcare administered with the aid of information Multum provides. The information contained herein is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. If you have questions about the drugs you are taking, check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

Copyright 1996-2013 Cerner Multum, Inc. Version: 1.01. Revision date: 3/14/2013.

Your use of the content provided in this service indicates that you have read, understood and agree to the End-User License Agreement, which can be accessed by clicking on this link.

This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use. How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.

Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.

USNWR 2013-2014Magnet Hospital RecognitionConsumer Choice2014 Best DoctorsJoint Commission Report

Disclaimer: The information on this website is for general informational purposes only and SHOULD NOT be relied upon as a substitute for sound professional medical advice, evaluation or care from your physician or other qualified health care provider.