LUMIGAN RC (Bimatoprost)
LUMIGAN RC (Bimatoprost)
What is this medication?
Lumigan 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 may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
How should I use this medication?
Use Lumigan eye drops exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
The usual dose of Lumigan eye drops is 1 drop into the affected eye every evening. Follow your doctor's dosing instructions very carefully.
Do not use this medicine while wearing soft contact lenses. A preservative in Lumigan eye drops could permanently stain the lenses. Use the medicine at least 15 minutes before inserting your contact lenses.
Wash your hands before using the eye drops.
To apply the Lumigan eye drops:
Tilt your head back slightly and pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket. Hold the dropper above the eye with the tip facing down and squeeze a drop into this pocket.
Close your eyes for 1 or 2 minutes with your head tipped down, without blinking or squinting. Gently press your finger to the inside corner of the eye for about 1 minute, to keep the liquid from draining into your tear duct.
Wait at least 5 minutes before using any other eye drops your doctor has prescribed.
Do not touch the tip of the eye dropper or place it directly on your eye. A contaminated dropper can infect your eye, which could lead to serious vision problems.
Do not use Lumigan eye drops if the liquid has changed color or has particles in it. Call your pharmacist for new medicine.
Tell your doctor right away if you have an eye injury or eye infection, or if you plan to have eye surgery.
What if I miss a dose?
Skip the missed dose and use the medicine at the next regularly scheduled time. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
How should I store this medication?
Store this medicine at cool room temperature, away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
What are the possible side effects of using this medication?
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction ro Lumigan: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have:
- eye swelling, redness, severe discomfort, crusting or drainage (may be signs of infection);
- vision changes; or
- red, swollen, or itchy eyelids.
Common Lumigan side effects may include:
- eye redness or itching.
Lumigan may cause a gradual change in the color of your eyes. You may also notice increased growth or thickness of your eyelashes. These changes occur slowly and you may not notice them for months or years. Color changes may be permanent even after your treatment ends, and may occur only in the eye being treated. This could result in a cosmetic difference in eye or eyelash color from one eye to the other.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.