Lumigan (bimatoprost 3 ml (0.03%)) lowers pressure in the eye by increasing the amount of fluid that drains from the eye. Lumigan eye drops are used to treat certain types of glaucoma and other causes of high pressure inside the eye.
Lumigan (bimatoprost) lowers pressure in the eye by increasing the amount of fluid that drains from the eye.
Lumigan eye drops are used to treat certain types of glaucoma and other causes of high pressure inside the eye.This condition can occur alone or may be a complication of open angle glaucoma. This medication comes in an eye drop and is applied to the eyes once a day, preferably in the evening.
If you wear contact lenses, you need to remove them before applying Lumigan; keep them out for at least 15 minutes afterward. Like any medication, side effects are possible with these eye drops. Common ones include red eyes, itchy eyes, and increased eyelash growth.
Bimatoprost is used to treat high pressure inside the eye due to glaucoma (open-angle type) or other eye diseases (e.g., ocular hypertension). Lowering high pressure inside the eye can help prevent blindness. This medication works by regulating the flow of fluid within the eye to maintain a normal pressure.
Lumigan 0.03% Eye Drop is a prostaglandin analogue. It works by increasing the natural flow of fluid from the eye, thereby lowering pressure in the eye.
Naturally occurring body chemicals called prostaglandins are found in many parts of your body. In your eyes, prostaglandins are in charge of draining the fluid out of your eyes in sync with the production of aqueous humor. If at any time there is a blockage of the draining system, fluid build-up will create pressure in your eyeball.
Lumigan Eye Drops contain a prostamide or prostaglandin analogue medication called Bimatoprost. When brand name or Lumigan generic eye drops are administered as directed, they work as your natural prostaglandins would. This helps to increase the drainage of fluid out of your eyeball to relieve the pressure that could potentially press on your optic nerve and cause glaucoma and permanent vision loss.
This medicine is for external use only.Take it in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Check the label for directions before use. Hold the dropper close to the eye/ear without touching it. Gently squeeze the dropper and place the medicine inside the lower eyelid or ear. Wipe off extra liquid.
- Macular Swelling and Degeneration of the Eye
- Inflammation of the Iris – the Colored Part of the Eyeball
- Inflammation of the Uvea of the Eye
- Absent Eye Lens
- abnormal liver function tests
- Prostaglandins F2a
- Prostaglandins E1
- Prostaglandins E2
The recommended dosage is one drop in the affected eye(s) once daily in the evening. LUMIGAN® (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.03% should not be administered more than once daily since it has been shown that more frequent administration of prostaglandin analogs may decrease the intraocular pressure lowering effect.
Reduction of the intraocular pressure starts approximately 4 hours after the first administration with maximum effect reached within approximately 8 to 12 hours.
LUMIGAN® 0.03% may be used concomitantly with other topical ophthalmic drug products to lower intraocular pressure. If more than one topical ophthalmic drug is being used, the drugs should be administered at least five (5) minutes apart.
Like other medicines, Bimatoprost can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Bimatoprost are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Bimatoprost cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Bimatoprost develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Bimatoprost can cause side effects such as:
- Eye irritation
- Eyelash darkening
- Dry eyes
- Itching or stinging in the eye
- Swelling of the eyelids
Some of the serious side effects of this medicine are:
- Increased tearing
- Blurred vision
- Eye pain
- Respiratory infections
- Eye discharge
Lumigan eye drops are for use in the eyes only and must not be taken by mouth.
These eye drops may cause your vision to blur temporarily after you have put them in your eye(s). Do not drive or operate machinery until this has worn off.
Bimatoprost can cause your eye colour to gradually change, by increasing the amount of brown pigment in your iris. This is not associated with any symptoms and is not harmful. It predominately happens in people with green-brown, yellow-brown or blue/grey-brown eyes.
If these eye drops are only used in one eye, this may cause your eyes to permanently become different colours. The drops may also cause eyelash growth and darkening of the eyelid skin of the treated eye(s). Ask your doctor, eye specialist or pharmacist for more information.
While using this medicine you should have regular eye examinations.
Lumigan eye drops in a multi-dose bottle are sterile until opened. The bottles contain a preservative that helps keep the eye drops sterile once they are in use. However, any medicine remaining in the bottle after the bottle has been open for four weeks or more is likely to be contaminated with germs and should no longer be used. Dispose of carefully, preferably by returning to your pharmacy. You may find it helpful to write the date of first opening on the bottle.
Lumigan eye drops in single-dose vials don’t contain a preservative. They are for single use only and must be thrown away after use, even if they still contain some solution.
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Is it safe to drive or operate heavy machinery when consuming?
If you experience drowsiness, dizziness, hypotension or a headache as side-effects when using Lumigan Eye Drops medicine then it may not be safe to drive a vehicle or operate heavy machinery. One should not drive a vehicle if using the medicine makes you drowsy, dizzy or lowers your blood-pressure extensively.
Pharmacists also advise patients not to drink alcohol with medicines as alcohol intensifies drowsiness side-effects. Please check for these effects on your body when using Lumigan Eye Drops. Always consult with your doctor for recommendations specific to your body and health conditions.
Is this medicine or product addictive or habit forming?
Most medicines don’t come with a potential for addiction or abuse. Usually, government’s categorizes medicines that can be addictive as controlled substances. Examples include schedule H or X in India and schedule II-V in the US. Please consult the product package to make sure that the medicine does not belong to such special categorizations of medicines. Lastly, do not self-medicate and increase your body’s dependence to medicines without the advice of a doctor.
Can it be stopped immediately or do I have to slowly ween off consumption?
Some medicines need to be tapered or cannot be stopped immediately because of rebound effects. Please consult with your doctor for recommendations specific to your body, health and other medications that you may be using.