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What is Latisse used for?
Latisse is a prescription-strength eye drop medication that is used to treat hypotrichosis (abnormal growth of the eyelashes). Latisse helps increase the growth, length, thickness, and darkness of eyelashes. Latisse is also used to treat glaucoma.
How does Latisse work?
Latisse contains the active ingredient Bimatoprost, which belongs to a class of drugs called prostaglandin analogs. The Bimatoprost dosage in the eyedrops is a manmade form of a naturally occuring substance called prostaglandin. Prostaglandins in the eye are responsible for draining the fluid out of the eyes in sync with the production of the clear fluid in our eyes. The pressure in the eyes happens when there is build-up of the clear fluid. Vision loss can be a serious consequence of leaving the pressure untreated.
Before taking Latisse or the Bimatoprost generic, read all the instructions and paper work that given to you by your pharmacist. Take your Latisse dosage orally once a day. Make sure you take it at the same time each day to create a routine for yourself and to ensure an even spread of the Bimatoprost dosage in your system. This medication should be taken on a regular basis to have optimal results. The Latisse dosage that you take will depend on your condition and your age. Take the eye drops exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not change or increase your dose. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well.
Latisse or the Bimatoprost generic may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Consult with your doctor about any known allergies before taking Latisse. Speak with your doctor about any known medical conditions especially those relating to eye problems, edema, iritis, and uveitis. Tell your doctor about any current medications or supplementation to avoid interactions or unwanted side effects of Bimatoprost.
This medication may cause blurred or altered vision. Avoid operating heavy machinery, driving a motor vehicle, or performing other dangerous activities until you know how Latisse affects you.
If you are already using an ophthalmic medicine for treating glaucoma, talk to your doctor before using Latisse for growing and thickening your eyelashes. Getting an extra bimatoprost dosage in your eyes may make it less effective for treating glaucoma. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
Common Latisse side effects include:
Redness of the thin tissue over the white part of the eye, itchy or red eyes, dry eyes, darkened eyelids, darkened brown pigmentation in the colored part of the eye (iris) hair growth around the eyes if the medication regularly runs or drips off the eyelids
If any side effects of Bimatoprost become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing any side effects. For any serious side effects that occur speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.
Q: What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
A: There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before you stop taking this medication.
Q: What is the best dosage to take?
A: The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best Latisse or Bimatoprost generic dosage for your treatment.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: You should take the missed Latisse dosage as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
Q: What is the best way to store this medication?
A: This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in wastewater. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.
Q: Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: Speak with your doctor about the risk associated with using this drug while pregnant. It is uncertain if this drug can pass into the breast milk of nursing mother. Consult your doctor to understand the risk in using this medication while breastfeeding.
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