Latisse (bimatoprost): Basics, Side Effects & Reviews
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Latisse (bimatoprost)

Latisse (bimatoprost)

Basics, Side Effects, Reviews & More

Warning Icon Are you looking for information on Lumigan (bimatoprost for glaucoma) instead?

Latisse (bimatoprost) helps you grow more eyelashes, but it takes a few months to work and you need to use it every day. Once you stop using Latisse (bimatoprost), your lashes will go back to the way they were before.

COMMON BRANDS

Latisse

DRUG CLASS

Prostaglandin

CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE CLASSIFICATION

Not a controlled medication

GENERIC STATUS

Lower-cost generic available

AVAILABILITY

Prescription only

Reviewed by:

Aileen Chu, PharmD, BCPS

Christina Aungst, PharmD

Last reviewed on:

December 23, 2020

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What is Latisse (bimatoprost)?

How Latisse (bimatoprost) works

Latisse (bimatoprost) is a topical prostaglandin eye solution. It’s not known exactly how Latisse (bimatoprost) works to grow eyelashes, but it might increase the number of eyelash hairs that are actively growing, making them longer, thicker, and darker.

What is Latisse (bimatoprost) used for?

  • Low growth of eyelashes

Latisse (bimatoprost) dosage forms

bottle of topical solution icon
bottle of topical solution

Typical dosing for Latisse (bimatoprost)

Apply Latisse (bimatoprost) every night onto the upper eyelid, along the base of the eyelashes where they grow out from the skin. Use a new applicator for each eye and discard immediately after using. You'll use two applicators each night (one applicator per eye). Use a clean tissue to blot any excess solution that doesn't stay on the eyelid. Do not apply Latisse (bimatoprost) to the lower eyelid.

Frequently asked questions about Latisse (bimatoprost)





Pros and cons of Latisse (bimatoprost)

Pros

Thumbs UpTreats low eyelash growth due to various causes

Thumbs UpIs the only prescription medication for eyelashes

Thumbs UpCan be used in children 5 years or older

Thumbs UpEasy to apply using the applicator brushes

Thumbs UpAvailable as a generic

Cons

Thumbs DownMust be used for at least 16 weeks for full effects

Thumbs DownStops working after you stop using it

Thumbs DownCan permanently darken your eye color

Thumbs DownCan cause temporary darker eyelids

Thumbs DownEffects may not look the same for both eyes

Pharmacist tips for Latisse (bimatoprost)

Capsule IconRemove any makeup and contact lenses before use. You can wear your contacts again 15 minutes after applying Latisse (bimatoprost).

Capsule IconFor each dose, put one drop of solution on the tip of the provided applicator before applying it to the upper eyelid. Repeat for the other eye using a new applicator. Do not apply Latisse (bimatoprost) to the lower eyelashes.

Capsule IconTo prevent contamination, don’t let the tip of the bottle touch anything other than a sterile applicator. Do not reuse applicators. Only use the applicators that come with this medication.

Capsule IconApplying Latisse (bimatoprost) more than once a day will not make your eyelashes grow any faster or longer. Once you stop the medication, your eyelashes will go back to the amount that they were before.

Capsule IconIt's okay if Latisse (bimatoprost) accidentally gets in your eye. It won't cause harm. So, don't rinse your eye if this happens.

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What are the side effects of Latisse (bimatoprost)?

With any medication, there are risks and benefits. Even if the medication is working, you may experience some unwanted side effects.

Warning Small Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following:

  • Allergic reactions

Caution Small The following side effects may get better over time as your body gets used to the medication. Let your doctor know immediately if you continue to experience these symptoms or if they worsen over time.

Common side effects

  • Itchy or irritated eyes (up to 4%)
  • Red eyes (up to 4%)
  • Darker skin where the medication is applied (up to 4%)
  • Dry eyes (up to 4%)

Other side effects

  • Redness around the eye
  • Feeling like there's something in your eye
  • Unusual hair growth
  • Darker eye color

Source: FDA

The following side effects have also been reported:

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

What are the risks and warnings for Latisse (bimatoprost)?

Latisse (bimatoprost) can cause some serious health issues. This risk may be even higher for certain groups. If this worries you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about other options

DECREASED EYE PRESSURE

  • Risk factors: Using other prostaglandin eye medications, like Lumigan

Bimatoprost eye drops are used to treat high eye pressure in people with conditions like glaucoma. In studies, using Latisse (bimatoprost) on the eyelids caused lower eye pressures on its own, but not by enough to cause major problems. If you are also using Lumigan or similar eyedrops (like latanoprost or travoprost) for high eye pressure, Latisse (bimatoprost) can interfere with their effects and lower your eye pressure too much. Make sure your provider knows about all eye medications you use before starting Latisse (bimatoprost).

DARKER EYES OR EYELIDS

  • Risk factors: Long-term use of Latisse (bimatoprost)

Prostaglandin eye medications like Latisse (bimatoprost) can darken the color of your eyes and eyelids. The increased brown color of the eye is usually more noticeable after a few months or years of using Latisse (bimatoprost) and can be permanent. The skin around your eyes may also become darker, but this usually goes away after you stop using the medication. These side effects are not known to be harmful, but it's best to check in with your provider regularly so they can make sure your eyes stay healthy.

HAIR GROWTH ON OTHER AREAS OF THE BODY

Latisse (bimatoprost) can cause more hair to grow on areas other than your eyelid, especially body parts that frequently come in contact with the medication like the cheeks. Apply Latisse (bimatoprost) only to the upper eyelid at the base of the eyelashes. If there is excess solution, remember to blot it out so that it doesn't get onto other parts of your face or body.

EYE INFLAMMATION AND SWELLING

  • Risk factors: Existing eye inflammation, such as with uveitis | Missing or injured eye lens

Prostaglandins like Latisse (bimatoprost) can cause or worsen eye inflammation. Latisse (bimatoprost) can also cause swelling of the macula (macular edema), a part of the eye that's important for clear vision. Both of these problems are more likely to happen if you already have eye inflammation or if the lens of your eye is damaged or missing. Talk to your provider immediately if you notice eye discomfort or changes in your vision while using Latisse (bimatoprost).

INFECTION FROM BOTTLE CONTAMINATION

Use of Latisse (bimatoprost) can cause bacterial keratitis, a bacterial infection of the cornea (the protective covering on the front of the eye). These infections tend to happen if your bottle of eyedrops gets contaminated with bacteria. It's important to wash your hands before each use, and be careful not to touch the dropper tip with your eye, hands, or any other surface. Each applicator is single-use-per-eye, which means you should throw it out immediately after you use it on one eye. To avoid spread of germs, never reuse an applicator.

NO SOFT CONTACT LENSES

The preservative in Latisse (bimatoprost), benzalkonium chloride, can be absorbed by soft contact lenses and cause damage. If you wear soft contacts, remove them before using a dose of Latisse (bimatoprost). Wait at least 15 minutes after your dose before putting your contacts back in.

How much does Latisse (bimatoprost) cost?

Latisse (bimatoprost) is available as a generic medication and may be significantly cheaper compared to the brand version. Unless there is a specific reason you need the brand, the generic medication will be a better value. For even more savings, use a GoodRx coupon and pay just a fraction of the retail price.

Lowest GoodRx Price
Latisse (brand)

$170.59

Lowest GoodRx Price
bimatoprost (generic)

$45.00

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