Bimatoprost 0.03% 3ml solution

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Bimatoprost belongs to the prostaglandin class of medications that is used as a topical (eye drop) solution. It is available only through prescription under the brand names Lumigan and Latisse. 

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Bimatoprost 0.03% 3ml solution

Bimatoprost 0.03% 3ml solution Bimatoprost available under the brand names Lumigan and Latisse, Careprost and Bimat. Learn more about the product.
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Bimatoprost opthalmic solution is manufactured by Allergan, Inc, under the trade name Lumigan and by Sun Pharma under the name Careprost. Lumigan has gained the approval of the FDA on the management of Glaucoma and reduction of intraocular pressure (IOP) in March 2001.


Bimatoprost opthalmic solution had been studied its potential strength in increasing the length and volume of eyelashes to patients who have a condition referred to as hypotrichosis. The FDA- Dermatologic and Ophthalmic medicines Advisory Committee had issued approval to Bimatoprost for cosmetic use specifically for increasing the length and volume of eyelashes. The cosmetic formulation is approved under the trade name Latisse and was approved December of 2008.

Bimatoprost Pharmacological Action

Bimatoprost effectively works in the following ways:

For the reduction of intraocular pressure (IOP). Eye pressure is produced by the accumulation of fluids inside the eyes. Bimatoprost reduces eye pressure by increasing the outflow of eye fluids called aqueous humour through the channel opening called trabecular meshwork and then out of the eyeball. Reduction of eye pressure is essential to prevent optic nerve damage that would result to impaired vision.

For the lengthening and darkening of eyelashes. Bimatoprost opthalmic solution works by lengthening the normal growth phase of eyelashes in order for it to achieve its growth peak. Bimatoprost increases eyelash follicles which explain the increase in volume after treatment.

Bimatoprost Indication

Bimatoprost belongs to the class of prostamides medicaments and is used for the treatment of the following eye conditions:

  • Ocular hypertension
  • Open angle Glaucoma

Bimatoprost is also used for cosmetic purposes on patients who are suffering from hypotrichosis (inadequate eyelashes) in increasing the length and volume of eyelashes.

Bimatoprost, Mode of Administration

Bimatoprost opthalmic solution is administered topically by using the applicator contained in the packaging. The mode of administration varies on what treatment you are going to use Bimatoprost. The following guidelines in treatment will guide you on how you are going to use Bimatoprost:

For the management of glaucoma or ocular hypertension. Use one drop of Bimatoprost as a once a day treatment to be done preferably in the evening before bedtime.

For the enhancement of eyelashes growth. Use the applicator inserted inside the package by applying it on the base of your upper eyelids. Treatment dosage shall be once a day preferably done in the evening.

Do not modify the dosage as this will affect the efficacy of the medication. Increasing the dosage will not increase the efficacy of the medication, albeit it will increase the risk of side effects.

Always do aseptic technique by cleaning your hands with soap and water before and after administration of the topical solution to avoid infection.

Bimatoprost opthalmic solution can be absorbed into contact lenses. If you are using one, remove you contact lenses prior to administration. Wait for at least 15 minutes before you can put back your contact lenses.

If you are using another eye drops solution aside from Bimatoprost, wait for 5 minutes as interval in its administration.

Always make sure the safety storage of the solution to avoid it from being contaminated that would likewise cause infection.

Contraindications and Cautions

Bimatoprost is contraindicated to patients who displayed allergic reaction to Bimatoprost or any of its components including benzalkonium chloride as its preservative substance. Tell your Doctor if you have eye problems including macular edema, iritis, uveitis, or lens extraction.

Bimatoprost is to be used with caution to patients who have the following conditions:

  • Kidney function disorder
  • Liver function disorder
  • Glaucoma (closed angle, neovascular, congenital or inflammatory glaucoma)
  • Patients who have problem with eye lens including pseudophakia (with artificial eye lens) or aphakia (patients with no eye lens)
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Disorders of the cornea
  • Dry eyes

Bimatoprost may cause the permanent change in the pigmentation of your eyes making it brown. The color changes will be gradual, it will be noticeable after months or years of use and it will become permanent even after the discontinuance of treatment.

Bimatoprost may cause vision changes and will affect the performance of activities that primarily uses your vision. Keep away from activities like driving or machine operation while undergoing treatment.

Bimatoprost Side Effects

Bimatoprost opthalmic solution has side effects as a natural occurrence to treatment. Although side effects vary depending on each patient, it will be contingent upon the patient’s tolerance level, age, or physical condition. The common side effects of Bimatoprost if taken at its usual dosage includes:

  • Eye itching or irritation
  • Red eyes
  • Vision changes
  • Dry or watery eyes
  • Pain or burning sensation in the eyes
  • Eyelids inflammation
  • Eyelids darkening
  • Eye discharge or oozing
  • Eye strain
  • Sensitivity to light

Serious side effects of Bimatoprost includes:

  • Allergic reactions including hives; unexplained rash; breathing difficulty; severe dizziness; swelling of face, lips, throat or tongue
  • Eye infection on account of improper storage or contamination
  • Macular edema

If you experienced any of the aforementioned serious side effects, immediately consult your health care provider for the management of your condition and for possible modification of your treatment.

Bimatoprost Interactions

Remedy interaction is an effect in the use of two medications. It will possibly increase the risk of side effects if the two medicines are incompatible with each other. Like with other medications, it is important to inform your health care provider what medications you are currently taking including non-prescription medicaments and herbal medications.

If you are using other eye drops in the treatment of your condition, inform your Doctor for the possible interaction of this remedy to that of Bimatoprost.

There is a possibility to affect the efficacy of Bimatoprost if used with other medications such as travoprost and latanoprost.

Interesting facts

It is interesting to note that Bimatoprost is a novel discovery in the treatment of hypotrichosis (inadequate eyelashes). Its cosmetic use was approved by the FDA in December 2008 and manufactured by Allergan, Inc under the trade name Latisse.

Bimatoprost Review:

“Bimatoprost has been prescribed by my Doctor to increase the length of my eyelashes after I complained about my thinning lashes. I observed that my eyelashes frequently fall and resulted in its thinning. I immediately bought the prescription and applied it religiously during the evening as instructed. I almost lost hope because I didn’t see result in one month’s use but I was informed that I would only see result after 3 months of use so I continued with the medication.True to its word, I see tiny eyelashes growing and I am happy and excited to see that my eyelashes grow in length and volume. I am happy that Bimatoprost works on me effectively.”

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