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It is possible for hair growth to happen in other areas of your skin where this medication frequently touches. Be sure to wipe any extra medication after applying it to the eyelash margins (see also How to Use section).
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
It has been shown that when this medication is applied directly into the eyes to treat glaucoma, it may slowly (over months to years) cause brown discoloration of the colored portion of the eye (iris). This effect has not been shown to occur when this medication is used to improve eyelash appearance. However, bimatoprost may also cause eyelid changes or a darkening of the skin around the base of the eyelashes. These changes may be permanent, but the long-term effects are uncertain. Tell your doctor if this occurs.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: eye pain, suspected eye infection (discharge, unusual redness, swelling of eyes), rapid vision changes (such as loss of vision).
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Read the Latisse (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution 0.03% for hypotrichosis) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
PRECAUTIONS: Before using bimatoprost, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to similar drugs (such as latanoprost, travoprost); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients (such as preservatives like benzalkonium chloride), which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: eye pressure problems (such as glaucoma), other eye problems (such as macular edema, iritis, uveitis, lens extraction/aphakia).
If you develop a new eye condition (such as infection, eye surgery, eye injury) while using this medication, discuss with your doctor whether you should start using a new bottle.
If you are having your eye pressure tested, tell the testing personnel (such as optometrist or ophthalmologist) that you are using this medication.
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
It is not known if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
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