LATISSE DRUG INFO
What is Latisse?
LATISSE is a first proven medication approved by FDA for the treating of hypotrichosis. If you currently have insufficient lashes, or are just looking to make your current lashes longer and darker, this may be the right choice for you.
How does Latisse work?
Although the process isn't fully understood, it is thought that this medication works by acting on the anagen - eyelashes growth phase. Similar to the hair on your head, eyelashes sprout, grow for a period of time and eventually fall out. Latisse works by extending the growth phase and increases the number (and potentially thickness) of hairs that sprout.
How the medication is used?
Latisse is applied on the base area of the upper eyelashes. Bimatoprost ophthalmic solution should not be applied directly in the eyes or on places such as the lower lid because of the potential to increase hair growth. The enclosed applicator is used to apply the solution. Contact lenses should be removed ahead of time. After each use applicator should be disposed.
How long will it take to achieve maximal results?
Upwards of 12-16 weeks is required to achieve the maximum therapeutic effects. Latisse is effective only in regular use.
What are the potential side effects?
This medication is considered safe for most people. However, you may not be a good candidate for it if you have experience certain eye-specific problems (such as uveitis or conjunctivitis), risk for macular edema, significant allergies or skin infections of the upper eyelids. Latisse should be applied cautiously in patients with intraocular pressure or a history of abnormal inctraocular pressure. Pregnant women should not use Latisse, and women who are nursing may want to wait as well.
Most study participants who accidentally got Latisse into their eyes didn't experience any side effects. However, a few did experience side effects that included dryness and eyelid skin darkening (both of which are typically reversable). The specific side effect that occurred in the largest percentage of participants were redness and (3.6 percent) and irritation (also 3.6 percent).
Allergan has reported the potential for permanent brown pigmentation of the iris as something to consider before taking this product. Eye color change could be an important consequence for some people, though color contact lenses could be a way to correct any color changes.
Can Latisse be a replacement for mascara?
No, the medication should not be considered a for replacement of mascara. Bimatoprost ophthalmic solution is often used in combination with mascara to increase the effect.
What should be done if I miss a dose?
Simply apply Bimatoprost ophthalmic solution the following evening evening.
What will happen if I cease using Latisse?
Your eyelashes will return to their normal size and thickness.
What should I do if I wear contact lenses?
You should remove contact lenses before using Bimatoprost ophthalmic solution. Contact lenses can then be reinserted after application.
Store at controlled room temperature (77 degrees F or 25 degrees
C). Brief storage between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees
C) is permitted. Vaniqa should not be exposed to very cold or freezing temperatures.
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