What is Lumigan?
Lumigan (generic name: bimatoprost) is an ophthalmic medication indicated to lessen elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) among patients with ocular hypertension or open-angle glaucoma. This medication can also help prevent severe complications, such as blindness.
This is available in Lumigan 0.01% and 0.03% ophthalmic solution.
How does Lumigan work?
This ophthalmic solution is a prostaglandin analog with ocular hypotensive action. It increases the outflow of aqueous humor via the trabecular meshwork and uveoscleral route. By decreasing the level of IOP, optic nerve damage and visual field loss can be prevented.
How should I use Lumigan?
You must read the drug information guide and administer the eyedrops precisely as prescribed. Use this solution once daily in the evening. Do not use this eyedrop more often than prescribed as it will not improve your condition.
To apply the solution, first, you must wash your hands properly to avoid infection and contamination. Lean your head back a little and pull down the lower eyelid gently to form a pouch. Hold the dropper above the affected eye but be careful not to poke your eye with the tip of the dropper. Lookup & squeeze the bottle to release a drop into the lower eyelid. Then, look down and close your eyes for two minutes. Press the inner corner to prevent the solution from draining. Avoid squinting or rubbing your eye. Once done, replace the dropper cap and close it tightly.
Lumigan side effects
The common adverse effects of Lumigan are dry eyes, eye redness, eye discomfort, watery eyes, temporary unstable vision, and dizziness. Other severe side effects you have to report are eye swelling, eye pain, vision changes, discharge from the eye, and increased light sensitivity. Consult your healthcare professional if any serious adverse reactions occur.
This eye medication should not be used if you have a known allergy to bimatoprost, latanoprost, travoprost, benzalkonium chloride, or any inactive ingredients the solution contains. Signs of serious allergic reactions are itchiness, swelling of the face, rashes, swollen lymph nodes, severe dizziness, and trouble breathing. If this happens, call your medical emergency hotline.
These eye drops are also contraindicated for people with a history of recent eye infections, lens extraction or aphakia, macular edema, iritis, and uveitis, among others. Because of possible drug interactions, you should also discuss all prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, herbal products, and supplements you are using.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How much does Lumigan cost?
You may see the list of Lumigan (bimatoprost) ophthalmic solution prices on this page.
2. What are some Lumigan precautions?
This eye medication may cause temporary blurred vision. You should observe safety caution when driving, using machinery, or performing activities that require clear vision.
3. Can I apply Lumigan with contact lenses on?
Lumigan contains preservatives that could stain your contact lenses. Remove them before administering this drug, and you may put them back after fifteen minutes.
4. How is Lumigan classified?
This eyedrop is classified as a prostamide.
5. Is Lumigan safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women?
Pregnant and breastfeeding moms should discuss their condition with their doctors. It is essential to consider all possible benefits and risks of Lumigan because it is unknown whether this inhaler could cause harm to unborn and breastfed babies.
6. What must I do if I am prescribed other eye medications?
If you need to administer other eye medications at the same time, be sure that there is at least a five minutes interval. Eye drops must be administered prior to eye ointments to facilitate proper absorption.