What is Bimatoprost used for?
Bimatoprost is used to reduce intraocular pressure in individuals with narrow-angle glaucoma, intraocular hypertension, or other eye diseases. This eye drops is also used to treat hypotrichosis of the eyelashes, which increases its thickness, length, and darkness.
How to take Bimatoprost?
The dosage of Bimatoprost prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Bimatoprost is usually recommended to be used once a day in the evening.
If your physician has instructed or directed you to apply Bimatoprost medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If overdose of Latisse is suspected, flush your eyes with warm water immediately. Seek medical attention as soon as possible.
What are the drugs that interact with Bimatoprost?
It may be noted that drug other than that listed above may also interact with Bimatoprost.
Usually, drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Bimatoprost, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the Side Effects of Bimatoprost?
Like other medicines, Bimatoprost can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Bimatoprost are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Bimatoprost cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Bimatoprost develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Bimatoprost can cause side effects such as:
- Eye irritation
- Eyelash darkening
- Dry eyes
- Itching or stinging in the eye
- Swelling of the eyelids
Some of the serious side effects of this medicine are:
- Increased tearing
- Blurred vision
- Eye pain
- Respiratory infections
- Eye discharge
This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are applying Bimatoprost.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Bimatoprost?
Is it possible for me to apply Bimatoprost with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I apply Bimatoprost?
What are the possible drug interactions of Bimatoprost?
How will Bimatoprost work in my body?
How should Bimatoprost be applied?
How to reduce the risk of Bimatoprost drug interactions and side effects?
What should you tell your doctor before taking Bimatoprost?
Bimatoprost can be absorbed by contact lenses. Hence, before using the eye drops, contact lenses need to be removed and it can be reinserted after 15 minutes. You need to leave a 5-minute interval between the use of Bimatoprost and another eye medication. Bimatoprost may temporarily cause blurred vision. Hence, immediately after application of this eye drops, do not drive or operate machinery.
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