Latisse®

what is it?

Latisse® is an FDA approved treatment used to treat hypotrichosis. Eyelash hypotrichosis is defined as having lower than average length, thickness, and/or number of eyelashes. Causes of eyelash hypotrichosis include hereditary, aging, chemotherapy, medical treatment, eye surgery, and physical trauma.

what’s in it?

Active Ingredient:

bimatoprost

Inactive Ingredients:

benzalkonium chloride, sodium chloride, sodium phosphate, dibasic, citric acid, purified water, and sodium hydroxide and/or hydrochloric acid may be added to adjust pH

who can take this?

Latisse® is not appropriate for people who are allergic to any ingredient in the product including bimatroprost and people using medications for the treatment of any eye pressure problems or have known or suspected active eye disease should use under close doctor care.

how is this taken?

Latisse® must be applied to the base of the upper eyelash each evening. Lashes grow gradually over time with some people beginning to see longer lashes in four weeks, with full growth at 16 weeks. You must continue to use the medication for results; otherwise, eyelashes will return to their original appearance. Applying Latisse® more than once a day will not grow lashes faster or improve the effectiveness.

what if i miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, don’t try to “catch up.” Just apply the Latisse® solution the next evening to get back on schedule.

what are the potential side effects?

The most common side effects include an itching sensation, eye redness, skin darkening, eye irritation, dryness of the eyes, and redness of the eyelids. While very infrequent, increased brown iris pigmentation of the colored part of the eye has occurred, which is likely to be permanent.

important safety information

What is the most important information that I should know about Latisse®? 

If you use of Lumigan® or other prostaglandin analogs in your eyes for the treatment of elevated intraocular pressure (IOP), consult with your doctor before starting Latisse®. The combined use of Latisse® and these medications may interfere with the desired reduction in IOP.

Increased brown pigmentation of the iris may occur while using Latisse®. This may take months to years to develop. This is likely to be a permanent change that will not go away after you stop Latisse®. You may continue to use Latisse® even if you notice this side effect.  You may also develop darkening of the eyelid above the lash line, which is often reversal after stopping Latisse®. 

Do not use Latisse® if you are:

    • Allergic to any of its ingredients
    • Pregnant 
    • Breastfeeding
    • Younger than 18 years of age

There is the potential for hair growth to occur on the skin where Latisse® is applied after repeated use. Only apply Latisse® to the skin of the upper eyelid margin at the base of the eyelashes using the sterile applicators, and carefully blot any excess Latisse® from the eyelid margin to avoid it running onto other areas of your face. 

Do not use Latisse® on your lower eyelash line

Never reuse applicators and do not use any other brush/applicator to apply Latisse® 

What are the most common side effects of Latisse®?

  • In clinical trials, the most frequent side effects that occurred in approximately 3-4% of subjects included: 
    •  Itching sensation in the eyes
    • Redness of the eye
    • Darkening of the eyelid skin above the lash line
    •  Irritation of the eye
    • Dry eye symptoms 
    •  Redness of the skin around the eye

What should I tell my Hers physician before Latisse® is prescribed?

  • If you have a history of:
    • Eye pressure problems
    • History of eye disease
    • Loss of the lens of the eye or a torn lens
    • History of macular edema

Are there certain situations while using Latisse® when I should contact a healthcare provider right away?

  • Itching, redness, swelling, or other signs of eye or eyelid irritation/infection
  • Trauma to the eye
  • A sudden change in vision
  • If you are scheduled for eye surgery

 Do I need to remove my contact lenses before applying Latisse®?

  • Contact lenses should be removed prior to application of Latisse® and can be reinserted 15 minutes after you have used the medication

Can I use Latisse® more than once a day?

No, using it more than once a day will not increase the growth of lashes more than using it once a day.

What happens when I stop using Latisse®?

Your eyelashes will likely return to their previous appearance over several weeks to months.

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