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|US Brand Name||Bimatoprost Ophthalmic Solution|
Bimatoprost Ophthalmic Solution
What is Careprost?
Careprost Eye Drops is an ophthalmic solution that helps people with Glaucoma and high intraocular pressure.
Glaucoma is a group of diseases that causes damage to the optic nerve because of high eye pressure.
It can cause vision problems that could lead to blindness. Careprost is FDA-approved and well-known for helping eyelashes grow, in addition to helping with Glaucoma.
Careprost Bimatoprost Ophthalmic Solution is a Prostaglandin Analogue manufactured by Sun Pharmaceuticals. It is only available with a prescription from a doctor.
Uses of Careprost
Careprost eye drops and its active ingredient Bimatoprost is an effective medicine for three medical conditions - Glaucoma, Intraocular Hypertension, and Eyelashes Hypotrichosis.
Glaucoma results from damage to the optic nerve due to high pressure in the eye.
As the disease progresses, irreversible blindness and the slow loss of Retinal Ganglion Cells happen.
Patients suffering from Glaucoma can use it alone or with other eye drops, maintaining a 10-minute gap between them. However, it must be used only in the affected eye.
Too much fluid accumulating in the eye can lead to high pressure, and Careprost helps drain the excess fluid.
High ocular pressure can cause permanent eyesight loss by damaging the optic nerve if left untreated.
Eyelashes Hypotrichosis is a disorder in which a patient has insufficient eyelashes.
The leading cause of Hypotrichosis is genetics, but based on the patient's history, there can also be other reasons.
Bimatoprost is an Ophthalmic Prostamide analog approved by the FDA in the USA for treating eyelash hypotrichosis.
Bimatoprost Careprost promotes the growth of eyelashes and makes them longer, thicker, and darker when applied as an eyelash serum.
Explore more about the benefits of Careprost. Read our article: What are the Benefits of Careprost? A Closer Look
How does Careprost work
Bimatoprost, a Prostaglandin Analogue, is a primary ingredient of Careprost eye drops.
The ophthalmic solution works by increasing the outflow of aqueous humor (fluid in the eye) and, in the process, lowering the increased eye pressure.
Initially, the eyedrop was designed to treat people with Glaucoma.
However, researchers and patients soon noticed that Bimatoprost eye drops promote the formation of eyelashes by increasing the density and length of hairs.
As a result, Careprost has also become a popular eye growth serum assisting in treating eyelash Hypotrichosis.
Want to know how long it takes for Careprost to show its effects? Read our article: How Long Does It Take to See Results With Careprost?
Since it is a prescription-based medication, your doctor will take certain eye tests before starting the treatment.
Your doctor will determine the appropriate dosage based on your age, body weight, and the results of the eye tests.
It is better to stick to the doctor's advice and not get carried away while using this eye drop.
Do not stop using Careprost without consulting your doctor, as the pressure within the eye may increase again.
Note: Before the doctor starts the treatment, inform your doctor if you have undergone any eye surgery (such as cataract, etc.).
Use this eyedrop as prescribed by your doctor.
If you forget to use Careprost Bimatoprost at the prescribed time, apply it as soon as you remember.
However, if the next scheduled dose is approaching, skip the missed dose.
Do not exceed the recommended dosage of this medication to avoid unwanted effects
In the event of an overdose, visit your physician as soon as possible.
There are numerous substitutes of Careprost, containing Bimatoprost, as well.
Bimat 0.03% w/v
Careprost 3 ml of 0.03%
Lashgrow 3 ml
Actavis Bimatoprost (With Brush) 300 mcg (0.03%)
How to use Careprost
Bimatoprost Ophthalmic solution Careprost eye drops can be used for both medical and cosmetic purposes.
Based on what you are using Careprost for, its application varies.
Whatever your requirement, this medicine is for external use only.
If you wear contact lenses, remove your lenses before using the eye drops.
Using eye drops as a Glaucoma patient
- Follow your doctor's prescribed dose and duration
- Wash your hands thoroughly before applying the eye drops and avoid touching the dropper's tip
- Tilt your head back, look upward, and form a pouch with the lower eyelid by looking up and pulling it down
- Hold the dropper near your eye without touching it, then gently squeeze to release one or two drops into the lower eyelid
- Close your eyes and look down for one to two minutes, then wipe away any excess liquid
- After applying Bimatoprost eye drops, refrain from blinking or rubbing your eyes immediately
Using the medicine as eyelash serum
If you plan to use the medicine as Careprost eyelash serum, start by washing your hands and face thoroughly.
Remove your contact lenses (if you wear them) and all eye makeup.
Please use a clean brush or some applicator and apply one drop of the Careprost eye medicine on the brush.
Then, instantly move the applicator along the upper lash line from the inner to the outer corner of the eye.
Side effects of Careprost
Most side effects of Bimatoprost eye drops do not require medical attention and go away when your body adjusts to the medicine.
Immediately after applying for the medicine, your vision may get blurred, or you have other changes in vision.
During this phase, do not drive or operate any machinery.
This is a short-term side effect and resolves itself.
Some of the other side effects include –
- Swelling of eyes
- Pain in the eyes
- Darker skin around the eyes
- Blurred vision
- Itchy eyes
You can consult your doctor if any of the side effects persist or if you are worried about them.
Your doctor may share ways to reduce or prevent some side effects or suggest another treatment.
Interactions can happen when a medication’s constituents react with another medicine or disease.
Fuchs' Dystrophy (cornea problem)
Renal/ Liver disease
Certain types of Glaucoma (angle-closure or neovascular)
Note: This is not the complete list, please talk to your doctor or some medical expert to get more information regarding the interactions
You must be wondering if it is safe to take Careprost or not? Read our article: Is Careprost Safe? Understanding the Risks and Benefits
Bimatoprost is a prescription medicine and must be used with caution. It is for external use only.
Avoid using this solution if you have known allergies for Bimatoprost
Consult a physician if you are suffering from eye inflammation
This medication includes inactive chemicals (such as Benzalkonium Chloride) that may cause allergic reactions or other side effects. Consult your physician for the best guidance
Careprost must be stored in a cold, dry environment. It must always be away from direct sunlight.
The medication must not be frozen.
Ensure that the bottle and lid of the bottle are clean and free of contaminants.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Careprost the same as Latisse?
While both Careprost and Latisse are used as eyelash growth serums, they are different medicines.
Latisse is manufactured by Allergan, while Sun Pharmaceuticals manufactures Careprost.
Bimatoprost is the active ingredient that helps eyelash growth in both eye drops.
What are the side effects of Careprost?
Most side effects of Careprost eye drops do not require medical attention and resolve themselves.
Here are some of the side effects:
- Eyelash growth
- Swelling of eyes
- Pigmentation around the eyes
- Increased eyelash growth
- Blurred vision
- Itchy eyes
Is Careprost FDA approved?
Yes, Careprost is an FDA-approved eye drop for the treatment of Glaucoma.
The FDA has recently approved it as an eyelash growth serum as well.
What happens when you stop using Bimatoprost?
If you have been using Bimatoprost regularly, it is not a good idea to stop it abruptly.
Your intraocular pressure may rise when you stop using the Careprost eye drops.
Use the medicine for as long as prescribed by the doctor.
Can Careprost be used on eyebrows?
Yes, Careprost can be used on eyebrows to treat eyebrow Hypotrichosis.
Bimatoprost is Careprost's active ingredient and is highly effective and safe for the growth of eyebrows while inhibiting hair loss.
How long does a bottle of Careprost last?
If you use it as an eyelash serum, your first bottle of Careprost will last approximately 16 weeks (four months). After that, you only need to apply the eye drop once every alternate day - so the second bottle will last more than six months.
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