Does Lumigan Drops have the same effects as Latisse for the eyelashes?
Is Lumigan Drops the Same As Latisse?
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Latisse is Lumigan but in different concentration
Both Latisse and Lumigan are the identifical 0.03% bimatoprost ophthalmic solution. However the effective concentration of Latisse at the eyelash/eyelid with eyelash brush is 20 times less than eyedrop with Lumigan. 2% of permanent browning of blue/green eyes have been reported with Lumigan whereas there is no substantiated case of browning of blue/green eyes with Latisse. Therefore you should only use Latisse and not Lumigan to grow your eyelashes.
Latisse is not the same as Lumigan
Latisse and Lumigan has the same drug component they are different in strengths and they are applied differently for different reasons. Latisse FDA approved for growing eyelashes and is applied on the base of the upper lash line and Lumigan is drops for the treatment of Glaucoma.
Exactly the same down to the bottle but you should use Latisse for eyelash growth
Lumigan is Brimatoprost 0.03% which is prescribed for Glaucoma. Latisse which was discovered as an accidental side effect of Lumigan, was repackaged with applicators and remarketed as Latisse once it was FDA approved for this indication. My understanding is that they are both exactly the same down to the bottle and the dropper because if there were any changes then Allergan would have had to do more extensive studies.
That being said, it is still a good idea to get Latisse for promoting eyelash growth and not Lumigan. There is the need for the applicators which have been specially designed for the usage, and it is being prescribed for that product which provides a safety net for the consumer/patient. Also, I do not believe that there is a significant pricing difference between Lumigan and Latisse, and it would be unethical to prescribe Lumigan stating that it was for glaucoma when in fact it was not.
Therefore the short answer is yes they are the same medication but if you want Latisse then get Latisse.
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Latisse is Lumigan
Latisse is just Lumigan with a box of special brushes to apply it. Lumigan is used for glaucoma and dropped directly into the eye. It has a side effect of growing lashes. Latisse although the same substance is applied to a brush so you get less than 5% of the dose of Lumigan. This helps prevent any unwanted side effects. If your lashes get too long with Latisse you can cut back the usage to a few times a week . With Lumigan you do not have that option since it is used for glaucoma. These patients sometimes have to get their lashes trimmed.