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|US Brand Name||Bimatoprost Ophthalmic Solution|
|Strength||3 ml (0.03%)|
|Generic Name||Bimatoprost Ophthalmic Solution|
|Manufacturer||Actavis, New Zealand|
Bimatoprost Actavis Eye drop is used for treating glaucoma, ocular hypertension, and lengthening of eyelashes. It contains Bimatoprost as the active ingredient, which belongs to a class of medications known as prostamides. Your eye contains a fluid that feeds the inside of the eye. This fluid is constantly being drained out of the eye, producing new fluid to replace this. If the fluid cannot come out quickly enough, the eye pressure builds up. The eye preparation increases the flow of fluid that is drained. This causes a significant reduction in the pressure inside the eye.
The mode of action by which Bimatoprost reduces intraocular pressure is by increasing aqueous humour outflow through the trabecular meshwork and enhancing uveoscleral outflow. The ophthalmic solution begins to show its effects approximately four hours after it has been applied.
Normally, you should put one drop of Actavis Bimatoprost in each eye that needs treatment once daily before bedtime. Follow your ophthalmologist’s instructions carefully. You must not use the bottle if the seal is broken before you first use it.
The eye drop contains a preservative called benzalkonium chloride which may cause discolouration of contact lenses. If you wear lenses, remove them before application. You should wait for around 15 minutes after using the drops before you wear your contact lenses again.
Follow these steps to help you use Bimatoprost formulation:
Wash your hand before you apply the medication. Tilt your head back and pull down the lower eyelid gently to create a space. Hold the bottle close to your eye and squeeze it gently to release a single drop into each eye that needs treatment.
If you have been prescribed this eye medication frequently when you have a dry eye problem or damage to your cornea, your ophthalmologist may monitor your eye condition. Be sure to follow the instructions given by your doctor. If you have been prescribed another eye medication, leave a gap of at least 5 to 10 minutes between each application. To help prevent infections, do not let the tip of the bottle touch your eye or anything else. Close the cap immediately after you used it.
Before using Bimatoprost Actavis eye drops, inform your ophthalmologist about all the medications you have been using, including those you obtained without a prescription. Your ophthalmologist should also be aware of all your medications, including over the counter products. Some health conditions may make you more susceptible to the side effects of the medication. Take it as directed by your ophthalmologist. Dosage is generally based on medical conditions. Inform your doctor if your condition persists for a longer duration or worsens.
Hypersensitivity to Actavis Bimatoprost ophthalmic solution is a contraindication. In addition, the eye drop should not be used if you have abnormal function tests, inflammation of the iris, uvea of the eye, macular swelling and degeneration of the eye. The eye drop has been reported to cause changes to pigmented tissue. The changes include increased pigmentation and growth of eyelashes of the iris. The increased iris pigmentation may be permanent.
Consult your doctor if you observe itching or burning eyes, light sensitivity, watery eyes, eyelash or iris darkening, redness around the eyes, cataract, visual disturbance, and pigmentation of the periocular skin redness around the eyes. If you notice other side effects, speak to your doctor for medical advice.