Generic Latisse, birmatoprost, is that the same as latisse?
Generic Latisse - is It the Same As Latisse?
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Currently, Latisse does not have a generic equivalent. Medications typically have two names, a "brand" name and a "generic" name. With regards to Latisse, Latisse is the "brand" name and bimatoprost is the "generic" name. Both names will appear on the box when you purchase it. Because this medication is still under patent, no other companies can manufacture bimatoprost, so you will only find it under the BRAND NAME. Once the patent expires, then other companies will be able to produce it under the generic name alone.
Xalatan is another prostaglandin used for glaucoma and its patent recently expired. It can now be purchased exclusively as a generic under the generic name latanoprost. Unforunately, this medication is not FDA-approved for eyelash growth. It is FDA-approved for the treatment of ocular hypertension and glaucoma.
The active ingredient in Latisse is bimatoprost - which remains a pharmaceutical and controlled medication. Because any product which can actually produce a physical change in the body's normal function is reviewed by the FDA, those who are concerned with side effects or potential problems will generally stick with products which have been safety tested and are distributed as to the FDA regulations.
As an Ophthalmological Surgeon, I am well aware of the action of products instilled in the eye or used around the eye. Because there ARE side effects that come with any medication, (Latisse is no exception) it is prudent to be sure you know your "generic" product is the actual product it claims to be; has no unlisted additives; has a valid expiration date and is prescribed by a physician who has reviewed your medical records.
You cannot and should not purchase bimatoprost without a doctor's prescription. (Of course with the internet, this is not always the case and many internet companies claim to sell the actual product - but who knows what's really in that bottle??.)
Safe is better than sorry and it's often not worth the "savings" to take chances - especially with your vision.
Bimatoprost (trade named Lumigan by Allergan) is actually a glaucoma medication and certain patients with eye pressure problems should not use Latisse.
Thank you for your question. Latisse is the only FDA approved treatment to grow eyelashed. I would not recommend using a "generic' and finding out later that there are significant side effects.... it's not worth it.
Web reference: http://www.poustiplasticsurgery.com/latisse.htm
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Latisse is bimatoprost but there is no generic Latisse
Latisse is bimatoprost ophthalmic solution 0.03%. Latisse is the only FDA approved treatment for growing eyelashes. Until the patent rights expire, Latisse is not available in the generic form so you should make sure what you are buying is the brand name "Latisse".
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