Proper Use

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

Use this medicine only as directed. Do not use more of this medicine than your doctor ordered.

If your doctor ordered two different eye medicines to be used together, wait at least 5 minutes between the times you apply these medicines. This will help to keep the second medicine from “washing out” the first one.

The preservative used in these eye medicines may be absorbed by soft contact lenses and cause irritation of your eyes. Soft contact lenses should be taken out before you use bimatoprost. Lenses may be put back in the eyes 15 minutes after you have used the medicine.

To use Lumigan® eye drops:

  • The bottle is only partially full to provide proper drop control.
  • First, wash your hands. Tilt your head back and, pressing your finger gently on the skin just beneath the lower eyelid, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to make a space. Drop the medicine into this space. Let go of the eyelid and gently close the eyes. Do not blink. Keep the eyes closed for 1 to 2 minutes to allow the medicine to be absorbed by the eye.
  • Remove any excess solution around the eye with a clean tissue, being careful not to touch the eye.
  • If you think you did not get the drop of medicine into your eye properly, repeat the directions with another drop.
  • Immediately after using the eye drops, wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them.

To use Latisse™ solution for eyelash growth:

  • Make sure your face is clean and remove your make-up and contact lenses before using this medicine.
  • Always wash your hands before and after using this medicine.
  • Place one drop of the solution on the disposable sterile applicator and apply it evenly along the skin of the upper eyelid margin at the base of the eyelashes.
  • Remove any excess solution around the eyes with a tissue or any absorbent cloth.
  • Repeat for the other upper eyelid margin using a new applicator.
  • Do not apply this medicine on the lower eyelashes.
  • Dispose of the applicator after each use.

To keep the medicine as germ-free as possible, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface (including the eye). Also, keep the container tightly closed. Serious damage to the eye and possible loss of vision may result from using contaminated eye medicines.

This medicine comes with patient information insert. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.

Use only the brand of this medicine that your doctor prescribed. Different brands may not work the same way.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For ophthalmic dosage form (eye drops):
    • For glaucoma or hypertension of the eye:
      • Adults and teenagers—One drop in the affected eye(s) once a day in the evening.
      • Teenagers and children younger than 16 years of age—Use is not recommended.
    • For eyelash growth:
      • Adults—Apply one drop each in the upper eyelids every night.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, apply it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.

If you miss a dose of Latisse™ solution, skip the missed dose and apply the medicine the next evening.

Storage

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

You may store the medicine in the refrigerator or at room temperature