Drug information provided by: IBM Micromedex
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For this medicine, the following should be considered:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.
Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of bimatoprost for eyelash growth in the pediatric population. Safety and efficacy have not been established.
Because of safety concerns, the use of bimatoprost to treat open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension in children and teenagers younger than 16 years of age is not recommended.
Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of bimatoprost in the elderly.
Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine.
Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.
Other Medical Problems
The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this medicine. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
Certain types of glaucoma (angle-closure, inflammatory, or neovascular)—Not normally used in patients with these conditions. Let your doctor know if you have these conditions.
Eye disease (e.g., iritis or uveitis), history of—Use with caution. Some eye conditions may be worsened by bimatoprost.
Loss of the lens of the eye or a torn lens—Use with caution. May be more prone to a serious side effect called macular edema.