Generic Name: Bimatoprost Brand Name(s): .

Uses

What is Bimatoprost used for?

Bimatoprost is commonly used to treat high pressure inside the eye due to glaucoma (open-angle type) or other eye diseases (e.g., ocular hypertension). Lowering high pressure inside the eye can help prevent blindness. This medication works by regulating the flow of fluid within the eye to maintain a normal pressure.

How should I take Bimatoprost?

Apply this medication in the affected eye(s), usually once a day in the evening, or as directed by your doctor. Do not use bimatoprost more often because it will not work as well.

To apply eye drops, wash your hands first. 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. Wait at least 15 minutes after each dose before putting your lenses back in.

Tilt your head back, look upward, and pull down the lower eyelid to make a pouch. Hold the dropper directly over your eye and place one drop into the pouch. Look downward and gently close your eyes for 1 to 2 minutes. Place one finger at the corner of your eye (near the nose) and apply gentle pressure. This will prevent the medication from draining out. Try not to blink and do not rub your eye. Repeat these steps for your other eye if so directed.

Do not rinse the dropper. Replace the dropper cap after each use, and keep the cap tightly closed.

If you are using another kind of eye medication (e.g., drops or ointments), wait at least 5 minutes before applying other medications. Use eye drops before eye ointments to allow the eye drops to enter the eye.

Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Remember to use it at the same time each day. It is important to continue using bimatoprost even if you feel well. Most people with glaucoma or high pressure in the eye do not have symptoms.

How do I store Bimatoprost?

Bimatoprost is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Bimatoprost in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Bimatoprost that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Bimatoprost down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Bimatoprost?

Before using bimatoprost, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to similar drugs (e.g., 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 problems (e.g., macular edema, iritis, uveitis, lens extraction/aphakia).

If you develop an eye infection or injury, or have eye surgery, check with your doctor about the continued use of your current bottle of bimatoprost. You may be advised to start using a new bottle.

This drug may cause temporary unstable vision. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely

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.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breast-feeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using this Bimatoprost during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking this Bimatoprost. This Bimatoprost is pregnancy risk category C according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk,
  • B=No risk in some studies,
  • C=There may be some risk,
  • D=Positive evidence of risk,
  • X=Contraindicated,
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Bimatoprost?

Burning/stinging/irritation/redness of the eye, feeling as if something is in your eye, dry eyes, watering eyes, and increased sensitivity to light may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

This medication may slowly (over months to years) cause brown discoloration of the colored portion of the eye (iris). If you are using bimatoprost in only one eye, only that iris may change color. An increase in eyelash number/length/thickness, darkening of the eyelashes/eyelids, or eyelid changes may also occur in the treated eye. These changes may be permanent, but the long-term effects are uncertain. Notify your doctor if this occurs, and schedule regular eye exams to monitor it.

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.

Tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: vision changes, eye pain/swelling, swelling/redness of the eyelids.

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.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Bimatoprost?

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: eyelash treatment (such as topically applied bimatoprost).

Bimatoprost may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Bimatoprost?

Bimatoprost may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Bimatoprost?

Bimatoprost may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this Bimatoprost.

What is the dose of Bimatoprost for an adult?

Usual Adult Dose for Intraocular Hypertension

One drop in the affected eye(s) once a day in the evening

Comments:

-If more than one topical ophthalmic drug is being used, the drugs should be administered at least 5 minutes apart.

-This drug should not be administered more than once a day since it has been shown that more frequent administration of prostaglandin analogs may decrease the intraocular pressure lowering effect.

-Reduction of the intraocular pressure starts approximately 4 hours after the first administration with maximum effect reached within approximately 8 to 12 hours.

Use: Reduction of elevated intraocular pressure in patients with open angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension

Usual Adult Dose for Glaucoma (Open Angle)

One drop in the affected eye(s) once a day in the evening

Comments:

-If more than one topical ophthalmic drug is being used, the drugs should be administered at least 5 minutes apart.

-This drug should not be administered more than once a day since it has been shown that more frequent administration of prostaglandin analogs may decrease the intraocular pressure lowering effect.

-Reduction of the intraocular pressure starts approximately 4 hours after the first administration with maximum effect reached within approximately 8 to 12 hours.

Use: Reduction of elevated intraocular pressure in patients with open angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension

What is the dose of Bimatoprost for a child?

Usual Pediatric Dose for Intraocular Hypertension

16 years or older:

One drop in the affected eye(s) once a day in the evening

Comments:

-If more than one topical ophthalmic drug is being used, the drugs should be administered at least 5 minutes apart.

-This drug should not be administered more than once a day since it has been shown that more frequent administration of prostaglandin analogs may decrease the intraocular pressure lowering effect.

-Reduction of the intraocular pressure starts approximately 4 hours after the first administration with maximum effect reached within approximately 8 to 12 hours.

Use: Reduction of elevated intraocular pressure in patients with open angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension

Usual Pediatric Dose for Glaucoma (Open Angle)

16 years or older:

One drop in the affected eye(s) once a day in the evening

Comments:

-If more than one topical ophthalmic drug is being used, the drugs should be administered at least 5 minutes apart.

-This drug should not be administered more than once a day since it has been shown that more frequent administration of prostaglandin analogs may decrease the intraocular pressure lowering effect.

-Reduction of the intraocular pressure starts approximately 4 hours after the first administration with maximum effect reached within approximately 8 to 12 hours.

Use: Reduction of elevated intraocular pressure in patients with open angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension

How is Bimatoprost available?

Bimatoprost is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Eye drops

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Bimatoprost, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: January 11, 2018 | Last Modified: January 11, 2018

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