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.
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.
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.
Do I need a prescription for Latisse (bimatoprost)?
Yes. Currently, Latisse (bimatoprost) is available only with a prescription. But, you might not need to see a provider in person for a prescription. There are telehealth services, such as HeyDoctor by GoodRx, that allow you to see a provider from the comfort of your home.
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Treats low eyelash growth due to various causes
Is the only prescription medication for eyelashes
Can be used in children 5 years or older
Easy to apply using the applicator brushes
Available as a generic
Must be used for at least 16 weeks for full effects
Stops working after you stop using it
Can permanently darken your eye color
Can cause temporary darker eyelids
Effects may not look the same for both eyes
Remove any makeup and contact lenses before use. You can wear your contacts again 15 minutes after applying Latisse (bimatoprost).
For 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.
To 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.
Applying 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.
It's okay if Latisse (bimatoprost) accidentally gets in your eye. It won't cause harm. So, don't rinse your eye if this happens.
With any medication, there are risks and benefits. Even if the medication is working, you may experience some unwanted side effects.
Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following:
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.
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):
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):
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
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Pricing based on most commonly-filled versions: 1 bottles (5ml) 0.03% of bimatoprost (Latisse) topical solution
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