Lumigan Side Effects

Eye itching, increased eyelash growth, and red eyes are the most common side effects reported with Lumigan. Side effects that have also been seen in 3 to 10 percent of people using this medication include darkening of the eyelids, dry eyes, and eye strain. Rare but potentially serious side effects of Lumigan include eye infections, macular edema, and any signs of an allergic reaction.

An Introduction to Lumigan Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Lumigan® (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution). However, not everyone who takes the medication will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
 
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Lumigan. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Lumigan side effects with you.)
 

Common Side Effects of Lumigan

Lumigan has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials in which the side effects of a group of people taking the drug are carefully documented. In these studies, the most common side effects of Lumigan (occurring in 15 to 45 percent of people) included:
 
  • Eye redness
  • Increased eyelash growth
  • Eye itching.
     
Other common side effects (occurring in 3 to 10 percent of people) included:
 
  • Dry eyes
  • Vision changes
  • Eye burning or pain
  • Feeling like something is stuck in the eye
  • Darkening of the eyelids
  • Inflammation or redness of the eyelids
  • Cataracts
  • Punctuate epithelial keratopathy (an eye condition involving damage or irritation to the cornea of the eye)
  • Eye irritation
  • Darkening of the eyelashes
  • Eye discharge or tearing
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Eye strain or fatigue
  • Darkening of the iris (the colored part of the eye).
     
The change in eye color caused by Lumigan is permanent. Eyelash and eyelid color changes may improve once Lumigan is stopped. These eye, eyelid, or eyelash color changes are not dangerous.
 
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