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Bimatoprost ophthalmic
BIMATOPROST - OPHTHALMIC SOLUTION

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

BIMATOPROST - OPHTHALMIC SOLUTION

(bi-MAT-oh-prost)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Lumigan

Uses

This medication is used to treat glaucoma, or other conditions which also cause high pressure within the eye. Bimatoprost is used after other medicines either caused very bothersome side effects, or did not fully work to lower the pressure within your eye(s). Controlling glaucoma can help prevent blindness.

How To Use

Wash your hands before applying eye drops. To avoid contamination, do not touch the dropper tip or let it touch your eye or any other surface. Bimatoprost contains a preservative that may stain contact lenses. If you are wearing contact lenses, remove them before using your eye drops. The lenses may be reinserted 15 minutes after your eye medications are used. Tilt your head back, gaze upward and pull down the lower eyelid to make a pouch. Hold the dropper directly over the eye and instill the prescribed number of drops. Look downward and gently close your eye for 1 to 2 minutes. Place one finger at the corner of the eye near the nose and apply gentle pressure. This will prevent the medication from draining away from the eye. Try not to blink and do not rub the eye. Do not rinse the dropper. Replace the dropper cap after each use. If you are using another kind of eye medication (e.g., drops or ointments), wait at least five minutes before applying other medications. Use eye drops before eye ointments, to allow the eye drops to enter the eye. Generally, you place one drop of bimatoprost in the affected eye(s) once daily, in the evening, or as directed. Use of this medicine more often than once a day may decrease its effectiveness. Continue using it for the full time prescribed. If any other eye conditions develop (e.g., infection, injury, surgery), consult your eye doctor regarding continued use of your current bottle of bimatoprost. You may be advised to start using a new bottle.

Side Effects

Eye dryness, stinging, or sensitivity to light may occur. If these eye effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor immediately. Tell your doctor immediately if you have any of these serious side effects: eye or eyelid redness/itching/swelling/pain. Tell your doctor immediately if you have this unlikely but serious side effect: vision changes. Bimatoprost may slowly cause permanent darkening of the eye (iris), eyelid, and eyelashes. Growth of the eyelashes may also occur. Consult your doctor for more details. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: other eye disorders (macular edema, iritis, uveitis, lens extraction), any allergies. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medication you may use. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. This medicine may be harmful if swallowed. If this medicine is accidentally taken by mouth, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.

Notes

Do not share this medication with others. Medical and/or laboratory tests will be performed (e.g., IOP measurements) to monitor your progress.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature between 59 and 77 degrees F (15 to 25 degrees C) away from light and moisture.