Careprost 3 ml. of 0.03%
What is Bimatoprost Opthalmic Solution?
Bimatoprost Opthalmic Solution is an eye care medication used to treat patients with hypotrichosis of eye lashes or inadequate eye lashes. This medication aids in making the eye lashes more noticeable by increasing their growth and making them longer, thicker, darker. Bimatoprost is similar to a natural chemical in the body called prostaglandin.
Bimatoprost is also used in the treatment of glaucoma. This medication is sold under various trade names, Careprost (made by Sun Pharma) is one of the popular brand.
Important Information about Bimatoprost Opthalmic Solution
Before using Bimatoprost, inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it, or to similar drugs (Bimatoprost, travoprost), or if you have other known allergies. This medication may have inactive ingredients such as preservative like benalkonium chloride that can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Consult your doctor about this.
Also, inform your doctor in advance about your medical history, especially if you have eye pressure problems (glaucoma), other eye problems (macular edema, iritis, uveitis, lens extraction/aphakia). If you get a new eye condition such as infection while using Bimatoprost, it may indicate that the medication is contaminated. Ask your doctor whether to start using a new medication bottle.
Bimatoprost may cause eyelid darkening which may be temporary and reversible. It may also cause increased brown pigmentation of the colored part of the eye which is likely to be permanent.
Bimatoprost can cause hair growth in areas touched by it frequently around the eye lashes. Therefore, any excess solution outside the upper eyelid margin should be removed using a tissue or other absorbent material. Some irregularities are possible with respect to eye lash length, thickness, fullness, pigmentation, number of hairs, and/or direction of eyelash growth. These differences will usually subside after stopping Bimatoprost usage.
If you are having your intraocular pressure (eye pressure) tested, tell the testing personnel that you are using Bimatoprost. If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breast feeding a child, ask your doctor if it is safe to use this medication safely.
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Before Using Bimatoprost Opthalmic Solution
Before using Bimatoprost, take care of all precautions and points mentioned above. Discuss them with your doctor for more details or if you have any doubt.
How should I use Bimatoprost Opthalmic Solution?
Use Bimatoprost Opthalmic (Careprost) strictly according to your doctor’s direction or according to the instructions on the medication label. Do not alter the dosage unless your doctor advises you to do so. All medications come with a patient leaflet. Follow the instructions in them carefully.
Do not apply Bimatoprost Opthalmic while you are wearing contact lenses. This medication may have a preservative ingredient which can be absorbed into the soft contact lenses. Ensure a gap of at least 15 minutes after putting the eye drops before you wear your contact lenses.
Use Bimatoprost Opthalmic medication once daily in the evening or as advised by your doctor. To apply, first wash your hands and face. Remember to remove any makeup or contact lenses. Put one drop of this medication on the provided applicator. Then immediately apply the medication carefully across the skin of the upper eyelid margin at the bottom of the eyelashes starting from the inner part of your lash line to the outer part. Remove (blot) any excess medication that is applied beyond the eye lid margin. Throw away the applicator as one applicator is provided for each does normally. Repeat this with every dose. Bimatoprost should not be applied on lower eyelids. If any medication gets into the eye, do not rinse it as it is not likely to cause any effect. The reason is that the same medication is used in eyes for glaucoma.
Use Bimatoprost regularly as prescribed. It may take up to 2 months before your see full effects of this medication. Ensure a high degree of hygiene while handling Opthalmic drops as chances of contamination are high. Avoid touching the tip of the medication bottle or dropper as well as protect it from contact with any surface.
When you stop using Bimatoprost medication, your eyelashes will return to the way they looked before using this medication.
What if I forgot to take a dose of Bimatoprost Opthalmic?
Do not miss a single dose of Bimatoprost Opthalmic. However, if you miss a dose, take it as soon as your remember it. Do not take the missed dose if the time to take the next dose is almost up. Instead continue with the original schedule. Never take multiple doses closer to each other.
What to do in case of an Overdose?
An overdose of Bimatoprost is not likely and will not cause any serious effects. However, if you think that you have overdosed on this medication, seek medical attention right away or call the Doctor immediately.
Things and Activities to avoid while using Bimatoprost
Follow any diet or activity restrictions advised by your doctor.
Side Effects due to Bimatoprost Opthalmic
A common side effect of Bimatoprost Opthalmic solution is itching sensation in the eyes. Other side effects include redness, discomfort, dryness of the eye or redness of the eyelid.
It is possible for hair growth to occur in areas where it is not intended (areas around the eye exposed to the medication frequently). Ensure that you remove any excess medication from around the eyelashes. When Bimatoprost is used for glaucoma that is when it is applied directly into the eye, it may gradually (slowly) cause brown discoloration of the colored part of the eye (iris). This effect is not observed when used for hypotrichosis of the eyelashes.
The side effects listed above are not the only ones due to Bimatoprost. There may be others. Stop using this medication and seek medical attention right away if you experience any serious side effects.
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Bimatoprost Dosing Information
Remember to follow the dose set by your doctor.
Interaction with other drugs
There can be some drugs that can interact with Bimatoprost. Inform your doctor about all your present medications if any. Neither start a new medication, nor stop using any existing medication without proper medical advice.
|US Brand Name||Careprost|
|Strength||3 ml. (0.03%)|
|Generic Name||Bimatoprost Opthalmic Solution|
|Pharmaceutical Form||Bottle (with Brush)|
|Manufacturer||Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, India|