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Why is this medication prescribed?
Hypotrichosis (less than normal amount of hair) of the eyelashes is treated with topical bimatoprost by encouraging the growth of longer, thicker, and darker lashes. The drug prostaglandin analogues includes topical bimatoprost. It functions by lengthening the length of time and number of eyelash hairs that grow.
How should this medicine be used?
Topical bimatoprost is available as a liquid solution that is applied to the upper eyelids. Typically, it is used once daily in the evening. Apply topical bimatoprost every day at roughly the same time. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Apply topical bimatoprost as prescribed. Use it only as directed by your doctor, neither more nor less often. More frequent application of topical bimatoprost than once daily will not promote eyelash development.
Topical bimatoprost may take up to 16 weeks to fully take action, and it may take at least 4 weeks before you experience any benefits. Even if you have felt the effects of topical bimatoprost, keep using it. When used topically, bimatoprost will merely accelerate the growth of your eyelashes. Your eyelashes will grow back to their former length if you stop using topical bimatoprost within a few weeks to months.
Applying topical bimatoprost to your upper or lower eyelids that are damaged or inflamed is not advised.
With repeated administrations of topical bimatoprost, hair growth may appear on other parts of your skin. To avoid this, take care to blot any surplus solution that may extend above the upper eyelid edge with a tissue or another absorbent material.
Topical bimatoprost shouldn’t hurt your eyes if it accidentally gets in them while you apply the solution. Avoid rinsing your eyes (s).
To apply the medication, topical bimatoprost is supplied with sterile applicators. Application of topical bimatoprost should not be done with a cotton swab, any other brush, or applicator.
Follow these steps to apply the solution:
- Use soap and water to thoroughly wash your hands and face. Make sure you’ve taken off all your makeup.
- Keep your fingers and other objects away from the bottle’s or applicator’s tip.
- One drop of topical bimatoprost should be applied while holding the applicator horizontally, but not directly on the tip.
- Applying liquid eyeliner style, start by carefully gliding the applicator from the inner to outer section of your lash line across the skin of the upper eyelid at the base of the eyelashes (where the eyelashes meet the skin). It should feel somewhat moist but not runoff in the region.
- Make use of a tissue to blot any extra solution.
- Once you’ve applied it to one eyelid, throw away the applicator.
- Utilizing a different applicator, repeat these instructions for the other eye.
For a copy of the manufacturer’s information for the patient, ask your pharmacist or doctor.
Other uses for this medicine
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you believe this drug should be used for something else.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before using topical bimatoprost,
- If you have an allergy to bimatoprost or any other medicine, inform your doctor and pharmacist right away.
- You should be aware that bimatoprost is additionally offered as Lumigan®, an eye injection used to relieve elevated intraocular pressure. You run the risk of taking too much medication if you use the topical solution and the eyedrops simultaneously. If you also use the eyedrops, talk to your doctor about taking topical bimatoprost.
- Inform your doctor and pharmacist about any additional prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal products you are now taking or intend to use. Mention any eye drugs you may be taking, including travoprost and latanoprost (Xalatan) (Travatan). Your physician might need to adjust the dosage of your drugs or keep a close eye on you for side effects.
- Inform your doctor if you currently have or have ever had eye edoema, a missing or torn lens, or issues with eye pressure. While receiving treatment with topical bimatoprost, call your doctor if you experience any eye conditions, such as an accident or infection, or if you have eye surgery.
- Inform your doctor if you are expecting, intend to get pregnant, or are nursing a baby. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while using topical bimatoprost.
- You ought to be aware that topical bimatoprost contains benzalkonium chloride, which soft contact lenses can absorb. When using topical bimatoprost, take out your contact lenses first, then put them back in after 15 minutes if you wear them.
- You should be aware that there may be variations in eyelashes’ length, thickness, fullness, colour, number of hairs, and development orientation between the two eyes. When you stop applying topical bimatoprost, these discrepancies will often disappear.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Keep eating normally unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Ignore the missed dose and carry on with my normal dosing routine. Applying extra solution to make up for a forgotten dose is not advised.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Bimatoprost used topically may have negative effects. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:
- Scratchy eyes
- Wet eyes
- Eye discomfort
- Eyelid and eyeball redness
Some adverse effects can be very harmful. Make an instant phone contact to your doctor if you have this symptom:
- Reduced or distorted eyesight
If you stop using the drug, the darkening of the eyelid skin caused by topical bimatoprost might go away. Your eyes may turn brown as a result of topical bimatoprost, and this change is likely to be long-lasting. If you find these modifications, contact your doctor.
Other adverse effects from topical bimatoprost are possible. If you experience any strange issues while taking this drug, call your doctor right away.
You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).
What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Store it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom).
Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p for additional information.
As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning. http://www.upandaway.org
In case of emergency/overdose
Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Additionally, information can be found online at https://www.poisonhelp.org/help. Call 911 right once if the person has collapsed, experienced a seizure, is having difficulty breathing, or cannot be roused.
What other information should I know?
Keep all of your doctor’s appointments.
Inform the person performing the test that you are using topical bimatoprost before having your ocular pressure taken.
Do not share your medication with anybody else. Any queries you may have regarding medication refills should be directed to your pharmacist.
You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.