Bimatoprost uk is a medicine that can help to grow eyelashes. It can also reduce high pressure in the eye (ocular hypertension). This medicine works by mimicking the action of a naturally-occurring substance called a prostaglandin. It increases the flow of fluid out of the eyeball, reducing the pressure inside the eye. This helps to prevent damage to the optic nerve that can lead to blindness.
It is available on prescription from your doctor. It is used in eye drops and in a ointment. It can also be used in combination with a beta blocker drug, timolol, to treat glaucoma. This combination is known as Ganfort. It is available in a bottle or in single-dose droppers. You should use the bottled drops on a clean, dry eyelid. It can irritate your eyes, so you should not rub them after using the drops. If you wear soft contact lenses, remove them before using a dose of Lumigan (bimatoprost) and wait at least 15 minutes before putting them back in. The preservative in the bottled drops, benzalkonium chloride, can be absorbed by the lens and cause it to become cloudy or damaged.
During the first 6 months of treatment, the overall composite efficacy end point responder rates were significantly greater in patients with chemotherapy-induced and idiopathic hypotrichosis who received bimatoprost than in those who received vehicle treatment. Similarly, the rates of regrowth of natural eyelashes and eyebrows were significantly greater in patients with idiopathic and chemotherapy-induced hypotrichosis who received bimatoprost compared to those who did not.
The most common side effects of this medicine are red eyes and eye irritation. These are usually mild and do not last long. However, some people may experience more serious side effects such as a rash or an allergic reaction. If you get any of these symptoms, stop using the medication and consult a doctor.
Other possible side effects include a change in eye color, and if you swallow this medicine accidentally it could make you feel unwell. You should always read the leaflet that comes with your medicine before starting any course of treatment. This will include the full list of possible side effects. You can also report side effects to the Yellow Card Scheme by visiting the government website.
This medicine does not interact with many other drugs, but you should tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medications or supplements, particularly ones that affect blood flow to the eye (such as nitrates). You should also tell them if you have an existing medical condition such as heart disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes. bimatoprost uk