Currently, Latisse (bimatoprost) is the only available prescription medication for growing more eyelashes. There are other alternatives that are available over the counter, but many of them have not been reviewed by the FDA for safety or effectiveness.
Regarding this, do I need a prescription for bimatoprost?
Latisse® is a popular prescription eyelash growth treatment. Also known as bimatoprost ophthalmic solution, Latisse® is FDA-approved for growing thicker, longer and darker eyelashes.
Similarly one may ask, is generic bimatoprost available?
It is available in brand and generic form. Generic bimatoprost is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but some pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower.
Is bimatoprost the same as Latisse?
Yes. The medication bimatoprost — marketed under the brand name Latisse — is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat inadequate eyelashes (hypotrichosis). Bimatoprost is also marketed under the brand name Lumigan, which is used in prescription eyedrops to treat glaucoma.
Castor oil can help any hair growth whether it’s your eyelashes, eyebrows, or your tresses, says Jaliman. Massage it on your eyebrows to stimulate the hair follicles for fuller, healthier brows.
Latisse ® is not available over-the-counter (OTC) as it is a prescription medication in the United States. In most cases, one cannot simply buy Latisse online as the first step is getting a Latisse ® prescription from a medical provider before a pharmacy will dispense it.
Ironically also made by Allergan, the drops offer the same benefits as Latisse but is available from pharmacies without a prescription in Mexico for about $45 a bottle, about half the cost of Latisse (picture: my results).
These effects are seen in 50 to 60% of individuals using bimatoprost. In carefully performed studies comparing pre-treatment and post-treatment iris color images, increased iris pigmentation is seen in up to 70% of eyes.
Bimatoprost most likely works by interacting with the prostaglandin receptors in the hair follicle and stimulating the resting follicles (telogen phase) to growing follicles (anagen phase).
Lumigan (bimatoprost) is a prostaglandin eye drop that helps fluid drain from inside the eye.