Bimatoprost is a very useful medicine. It mainly treats two eye disorders i.e. Glaucoma and Hypotrichosis. In glaucoma it reduces pressure on eyes by increasing the amount of fluid that runs out from eyes, thus saves eyes from losing vision. And in Hypotrichosis, it enhances the growth of eyelashes and also makes them darker and thicker.
Usage of Bimatoprost depends on whether you are using it for treating glaucoma or hypotrichosis. Here is mentioned its usage in different cases.
When using Bimatoprost for treating high pressure on eyes then put just its one drop into the affected eye. It should be used only once in a day. Preferable time is evening. Do not put it more than one time in a day. Much usage reduces its effect.
On the other hand, while using Bimatoprost for eyelash enhancement applies its one drop with special applicator on skin of the upper eyelash. Apply it only once in a day at night. Do not use it in excess, one drop is enough. Excess usage can lead to side effects.
Surely results will be seen if applied regularly.
Bimatoprost is eye medicine, thus should be handled very carefully. There are certain ways of using it. For instance, hands should be clean before using this medicine. Dropper tip should not be touched with hands or with any other thing. It is very contagious and can affect eyes. Always take out lenses before putting bimatoprost. It's so because this drug has certain compound that may stain contact lenses.
There is certain angle that everyone should follow before putting eye drops. For that lean your head back, look up and pull down the lower eyelid to make a pouch. Hold the eye dropper straight over the eye and put the suggested number of drops. After putting, close eyes for 2 minutes. Do not blink and do not rub the eye. Also do not wash the dropper.
If with Bimatoprost you are also using any another eye medicine, keep the gap of at least 5 minutes between the two. This medicine should be used only once in a day. Use it only in the evening. Also, do not use Bimatoprost more than once a day as it will lose its effect. Complete its full course for best results.
After using it, if you come across any type of side effects like, eye infection, injury, etc. please see your doctor immediately.
Always store the drug- 'bimatoprost' at room temperatures. Heat and moisture are its big enemies, thus keep it away from them. Bottle should be tightly closed when not in use.
Side effects are associated with every medicine, be it any. Bimatoprost also has some. Side effects can be from simple to severe. Read below for knowing more about it.
If you come across any of these side effects stop using Bimatoprost
immediately and seek medical aid. Here are severe effects of bimatoprost.
-Swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
-Redness, swelling, itching, or pain in or around the eye
-Oozing or discharge from your eye
-Increased sensitivity to light
Less serious side effects include:
-Mild eye discomfort
-Feeling like something is in your eye
-Dry or watery eyes
-Burning of the eyes
Apart from these there are some other side effects also that are not mentioned here. For more info consult your doctor.
Set of precautions that comes along with Bimatoprost are mentioned here. If you have any other eye disorders like macular edema, iritis, uveitis, lens extraction, or any allergies, it is advised to first consult your doctor before taking bimatoprost.
If you have to go through any eye surgery, prior consult your doctor about taking Bimatoprost. Let your healthcare provider know. You may be advised to temporarily stop taking this drug.
If wear lenses, never use bimatoprost over them. There is certain compound in this drug that may stick to lenses. After taking lenses out also wait for 15 minutes before putting this medicine into eyes.
If with Bimatoprost, also using any other eye medication, then keep a gap of five minutes between the two medicines to avoid any mishap.
Pregnant women should avoid usage of this drug. It is not safe for them.
Breastfeeding mothers should seek doctor's advice before using this drug. Till now it is not confirmed whether bimatoprost passes through milk or not, thus it is better to first consult a doctor.
Dosage of Bimatoprost should be given due consideration for best results. As this medicine is used for treating two eye disorders i.e. Glaucoma and Hypotrichosis, thus dosage in case of both differs.
If using it to treat glaucoma, then put its one drop on affected eye once in a day. Evening is best sought out time. Do not put more than one drop else it will lose its effect. This is the dosage for treating glaucoma.
If using to treat Hypotrichosis, apply its one drop on upper eye lash skin daily at night. Sooner your eyelashes will grow and will also become thicker and darker.
If in any case you forget to apply the medication apply it as soon as you remember. But if it is too late and time for the next dose, then skip the missed dose and use the medicine at the next regularly scheduled time. Do not make up the missed dose by applying more.
If you have used Bimatoprost in excess seek emergency medical attention immediately.