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Lumigan Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is bimatoprost ophthalmic (Lumigan)?
- What are the possible side effects of bimatoprost ophthalmic (Lumigan)?
- What is the most important information I should know about bimatoprost ophthalmic (Lumigan)?
- What should I discuss with my health care provider before using bimatoprost ophthalmic (Lumigan)?
- How should I use bimatoprost ophthalmic (Lumigan)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Lumigan)?
- What happens if I overdose (Lumigan)?
- What should I avoid while using bimatoprost ophthalmic (Lumigan)?
- What other drugs will affect bimatoprost ophthalmic (Lumigan)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my health care provider before using bimatoprost ophthalmic (Lumigan)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to bimatoprost.
Before using bimatoprost, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have swelling or infection of your eye.
Bimatoprost ophthalmic may cause a gradual change in the color of your eyes or eyelids and lashes, as well as increased growth or thickness of your eyelashes. These color changes, usually an increase in brown pigment, occur slowly and you may not notice them for months or years. Color changes may be permanent even after your treatment ends, and may occur only in the eye being treated. This could result in a cosmetic difference in eye or eyelash color from one eye to the other.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether bimatoprost ophthalmic will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
It is not known whether bimatoprost ophthalmic passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I use bimatoprost ophthalmic (Lumigan)?
Use exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Bimatoprost ophthalmic is usually given as 1 drop in each affected eye once daily, in the evening. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Do not use this medication while wearing contact lenses. Bimatoprost ophthalmic may contain a preservative that can discolor soft contact lenses. Wait at least 15 minutes after using bimatoprost before putting in your contact lenses.
Wash your hands before using eye medication.
To apply the eye drops:
- Tilt your head back slightly and pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket. Hold the dropper above the eye with the tip down. Look up and away from the dropper as you squeeze out a drop, then close your eye.
- Use only the number of drops prescribed by your doctor.
- Gently press your finger to the inside corner of the eye (near your nose) for about 1 minute to keep the liquid from draining into your tear duct.
- Also wait at least 5 minutes before using any other eye drops that your doctor has prescribed.
Do not allow the tip of the dropper to touch any surface, including your eyes or hands. If the dropper becomes contaminated it could cause an infection in your eye, which can lead to vision loss or serious damage to the eye.
Do not use the eye drops if the liquid has changed colors or has particles in it. Call your doctor for a new prescription.
At any time during your use of bimatoprost ophthalmic, tell your doctor at once if you have an eye injury, if you develop an eye infection, or if you plan to have eye surgery.
Store this medicine in a refrigerator or at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. Do not freeze. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
Additional Lumigan Information
- Lumigan Drug Interactions Center: bimatoprost opht
- Lumigan Side Effects Center
- Lumigan Overview including Precautions
- Lumigan FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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