Lumigan (Bimatoprost). Dosage, Side Effects, Interactions
Lumigan is used to treat glaucoma. It belongs to a group of medicines called prostamides.
The eye drops are used to reduce increased intraocular pressure. This medicine can be used alone or in combination with other eye drops (called beta-blockers) that also lower the pressure in the eye.
Your eye contains a clear, watery fluid that nourishes the inside of the eye. This fluid is constantly being drained from the eye and replaced with new fluid. If the drain cannot be done quickly enough, the pressure in the eye increases. This drug causes the amount of fluid drained to increase. This lowers the intraocular pressure. If the increased pressure is not lowered, it could lead to a condition called glaucoma (green star), which can endanger your vision.
This medicine contains no preservatives.
Dosage of Lumigan
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
The recommended dose is one drop in each eye to be treated, once a day in the evening.
Do not use it more than once a day, otherwise the effectiveness of the treatment may be reduced.
If you use more than you should
If you use more of this medicine than you should, it is unlikely that you will have any serious problems. Carry out the next application at the scheduled time. If you have any concerns, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
If you forgot the application
If you forget to use the medicine, put in one drop as soon as you remember, and then carry on as planned. Do not apply twice if you forget the previous application.
If you cancel the application
The medicine should be used daily for it to work properly. If you stop using it, the pressure in your eye could increase. Therefore, talk to your doctor before stopping this treatment.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
The medicine is only for use in the eye.
If you are using this medicine with another eye medicine, wait at least 5 minutes after using this medicine before using the second eye medicine.
Wash your hands before use.
Before use, make sure the single-dose container is intact.
The solution should be used immediately after opening. To prevent contamination, be careful not to touch your eye or anything else with the open end of the single-dose container.
Gently pull the lower lid down until a small pocket forms.
Turn the single-dose container upside down and squeeze until one drop falls into the affected eye. Blink your eye(s) several times.
Throw away the single-dose container after use, even if there is some solution left.
Wipe runoff from your cheek.
If you wear contact lenses, remove them from your eyes before use. After using the drops, wait 15 minutes before putting the contact lenses back in.
Side effects of Lumigan
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Very common side effects
These are side effects that may affect one or more people in 10.
- Mild redness (affects up to 24% of people)
Frequent side effects
These are side effects that may affect 1 to 9 in 100 people.
- Fine cracks in the surface of the eye, with or without inflammation
- irritated eyes
- eye itching
- foreign body sensation in the eye
- Longer lashes
- Darkening of the skin around the eyes
- Red eyelids
Uncommon side effects
These are side effects that may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people
effects on the eye
- tired eyes
- darkening of the iris
- Itchy and swollen
- Swelling of the clear layer on the surface of the eye
- blurred vision
- effects on the body
- Hair growth around the eye
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This also applies to side effects that are not specified.
Use of the preparation together with other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are using, have recently used or might use any other medicines.
The drug must not be used:
- if you are allergic to the active substance bimatoprost or any of the other ingredients of this medicine.
- pregnancy and breast feeding period
- If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before using this medicine.
The drug can get into breast milk. You should therefore not breast-feed while using this medicine.
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