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Lumigan Warnings and Precautions

To help minimize risks while using Lumigan, warnings and precautions for the medicine should be discussed with your healthcare provider before starting treatment. It is important to know that Lumigan can potentially cause infections, swelling, or changes in eye color. Before using Lumigan, talk to your healthcare provider if you are pregnant, have an inflammatory eye condition, or have any allergies.

Lumigan: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Lumigan® (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) if you:
 
  • Have an inflammatory eye condition such as iritis or uveitis
  • Have any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives
  • Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding.
     
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 

Specific Precautions and Warnings for Lumigan

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Lumigan include the following:
 
  • There have been a few cases of bacterial keratitis (a dangerous infection of the cornea of the eye that can quickly lead to blindness) in people who use eye drops. These cases were caused by accidental contamination of the eye drop bottle by the users, who usually already had some damage or disease of the cornea. It is very important to prevent contamination of the bottle. Never touch the tip of the bottle with your eye, hands, or any other surfaces.
     
  • Lumigan can cause increased pigmentation (darkening) of certain tissues. It can cause a darkening of the iris (the colored part) of the eyes, the eyelids, and the eyelashes. While darkening of the eyelids and eyelashes usually improves after Lumigan is stopped, eye darkening is usually permanent. This eye darkening is most noticeable in people with light-colored eyes (such as blue eyes), as Lumigan tends to make the eyes more brown. These changes are not dangerous, and you can keep taking Lumigan if they occur.
     
  • Lumigan can also cause longer and thicker eyelashes, as well as eyelashes that grow in the wrong directions.
     
  • There have been reports of macular edema (swelling of the macula of the eye) in some people who took Lumigan. Be sure to let your healthcare provider know if you have any vision changes, as they may be a sign of macular edema.
     
  • Make sure your healthcare provider knows if you have a history of iritis or uveitis (certain inflammatory conditions of the eye). In general, Lumigan should be avoided if you currently have eye inflammation.
     
  • Lumigan is not approved for angle closure glaucoma, inflammatory glaucoma, or neovascular glaucoma, as it has not been thoroughly studied for these types of glaucoma.
     
  • If you develop any eye condition or require eye surgery, let your healthcare provider know. You may be advised to temporarily stop taking Lumigan.
     
  • If you wear contact lenses, you must take them out before using Lumigan and wait at least 15 minutes before re-inserting them.
     
  • Wait at least five minutes in between using Lumigan and any other eye drops.
     
  • Lumigan can potentially interact with a few other medications (see Lumigan Drug Interactions).
     
  • Lumigan is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not currently known (see Lumigan and Pregnancy).
     
  • It is unknown whether Lumigan passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Lumigan and Breastfeeding).
     
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