Latisse

Generic Name: Bimatoprost

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Latisse is an eye drop used to grow eyelashes longer, thicker, and darker in people who do not have enough eyelashes.

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Latisse is thought to work by increasing the number of hair and the duration of the eyelash growth phase.

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: Latisse has been shown to increase the amount, length, thickness, and darkness of your eyelashes.

    When: Latisse may start working within 4 weeks and full results may be seen at 16 weeks. It is important that you use Latisse exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed to see its full effects.

    How do I know it is working?

    You may see an increase in the length and thickness of your eyelashes after you start using Latisse. This is a good indicator that the medicine is working. Once you stop using Latisse, your eyelashes are expected to return to their previous appearance over several weeks to months.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    More common side effects may include: itchy eyes, increased eye redness.

    Less common side effects may include:

    Darkening of the color of your iris (colored part of the eye), eyelid, or eyelashes; discoloration of the iris is usually permanent, while that of the eyelid and eyelashes is usually reversible.

    Unexpected hair growth in areas outside the treatment area if Latisse repeatedly touches the same area of skin outside the treatment area.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not use Latisse if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Latisse. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have had eye surgery, a history of eye pressure problems, eye inflammation, or any other eye disorders.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

    Adults: Apply 1 drop evenly along the skin of the upper eyelid at the base of your eyelashes of each eye, once a day in the evening.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Apply Latisse exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose without first talking to your healthcare provider.

    Clean your face and remove your makeup and contact lenses before applying Latisse. Carefully place one drop of Latisse on the disposable sterile applicator and brush evenly along the skin of the upper eyelid at the base of your eyelashes. Do not apply Latisse in your eye or to your lower lid. Blot away any excess of Latisse solution outside the treatment area to avoid it running onto the cheek or other skin areas. Dispose the applicator after one use. Repeat these steps for the opposite eyelid using a new applicator.

    Latisse contains a preservative that may be absorbed by your contact lenses. Remove your contact lenses prior to Latisse administration and reinsert them after 15 minutes.

    Please review the instructions that came with your prescription on how to properly use Latisse.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not allow the tip of the bottle or the applicator to touch surrounding surfaces, fingers, or any other unintended surface, as this can contaminate Latisse.

    Do not use any other brush or applicator to apply Latisse.

    Do not reuse applicators, as this can contaminate the applicator.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Latisse at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Latisse during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

    If you miss a dose of Latisse, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store in the refrigerator or at room temperature.