Generic name: BimatoprostBrand names: Lumigan
Lumigan is an eye drop that combats high pressure inside the eyeball. It is prescribed for a condition called open-angle glaucoma (a gradual increase of pressure in the eye). It is typically used after other remedies have caused problems or fail to work. It lowers pressure by promoting drainage of the fluid (aqueous humor) that fills the eye.
Lumigan has been known to cause several changes in the appearance of the eyes. The color of the iris occasionally changes to brown, and the eyelids may darken. The eyelashes may also be affected, increasing in length, thickness, and number, and turning a darker shade.
These changes occur slowly, and may take months or years to notice. They may be permanent, and are especially important for patients who will be using Lumigan in only one eye.
This eye drop is administered once a day. If you wear contact lenses, remove them before using Lumigan. Wait 15 minutes before reinserting them. If you are using more than one type of eye drop, space the drugs 5 minutes apart.
To avoid contamination and to reduce the risk of developing an eye infection, do not let the tip of the container touch the eye, face, or fingers.
Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Lumigan.
You'll be unable to use Lumigan if it causes an allergic reaction.
Due to the risk of infection if the drops become contaminated, you should check with your doctor about using the dispenser bottle if you suffer any eye injury or are scheduled for eye surgery.
An infection could cause serious damage to the eye. Check with your doctor immediately if you develop any eye reactions, particularly inflamed eyelids.
Your doctor will check for the presence of certain eye conditions such as inflammation in the area of the iris (uveitis) and swelling in the back of the eye (macular edema). Lumigan must be used with caution under these circumstances.
Also be sure the doctor knows if you have kidney disease or liver problems. They are reasons for caution when using Lumigan.
Do not use Lumigan more than once a day. More frequent administration may diminish the effect of the drug.
There is no information on interactions with other drugs.
The effects of Lumigan during pregnancy have not been adequately studied. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately.
It is not known whether Lumigan appears in breast milk. Use Lumigan with caution if you are nursing.
The recommended dose is 1 drop in the affected eye or eyes once daily in the evening.
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention immediately.