What is the difference between Latisse and Bimatoprost 0.03%. Can I use Bimatoprost 0.03% from Allergan instead of Latisse? (It is much cheaper and costs in India from Allergan around 15 US$). Has Bimatoprost (although I know that Latisse consists Bimatoprost) more side effects? Thanks
Can I Use Bimatoprost 0.03% Instead of Latisse?
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Latisse and Lumigan are the same
Latisse and Lumigan are the same medication in different bottles so they will have the same effect. Having said that,if you are in the United States, especially, I caution you from asking your doctor for a prescription for Lumigan, though, if you do not have glaucoma.
If you are trying to get your insurance to pay for your eyelash treatments, this is a bad idea as your insurance records will be flagged as you having glaucoma treatments. It might make it difficult for you to get insurance in the future, as the glaucoma could be considered a pre-existing condition if you are changing health insurance (or applying for life insurance).
You could, but it may not be the strongest
Though you could use Bimatoprost as an alternative to Latisse, you may want to try Travoprost. Travoprost is a related, but slightly different molecule than Bimatoprost that on animals, was shown to be more effective in growing hair. I have seen tremendous success with Travoprost (Travatan) in our patients.
Latisse and Bimatoprost
The glaucoma med and Latisse are the same product, they are just marketed differently. I do not think that the side effect are any different for either product.
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Bimatoprost is the same as Latisse is the same as Lumigan
Bimatoprost is the same as Latisse is the same as Lumigan. Some physicians have been using Lumigan (Bimatoprost) for hypotrichosis or short eyelashes for several years.
Physicians first noticed the effects of Bimatoprost using Lumigan, which is also sold by Allergan, for the treatment of glaucoma.
Latisse equal to generic Bimatoprost
It is probably the same product with the same benefits and side effects. It should technically be applied to the upper lid. It can promote hair growth anywhere including the cheek, if it falls there. It can also cause hyperpigmentation (darkening) of the skin, change in the color of the iris, irritation, inflammation, redness, and itching of the eyelid skin.
Bimatoprost vs. Latisse
Bimatoprost and Latisse are basically the same Product. Bimatoprost = Lumigan. Lumigan is a prescription drug for Glaucoma Patience. Where Latisse is a prescription for Cosmetic Patience. Although it may be cheaper it comes with a price. Having a Dr. prescribe Lumigan can flag you as having the disease and may cause problems. Problems that are not necessary. Stick with the proper prescription for the proper necessary use.
Using 0.03% Bimatoprost in Lieu of Latisse
Response: Technically yes, you could use 0.03% bimatoprost in lieu of Latisse, as bimatoprost is found in Latisse. However, I would caution you against using 0.03% bimatoprost without first consulting with your physician. The two products are very similar, although lying to your physician about the purpose of using bimatoprost/Latisse in order to save money may lead to complications down the road, such as an eye infection from using an incorrect applicator or even being flagged for insurance fraud (since 0.03% bimatoprost is often prescribed to treat glaucoma, not eyelashes), among other issues. While it may save you some money in the short term, it would likely save you a good deal of stress simply to visit your physician and pay for Latisse, which was designed specifically for those with thin and sparse lashes. Additionally, if you were to suffer any eye issues while using Latisse, it is better to have used a product under a physician’s supervision (especially one familiar with your ocular history) so that he/she can determine the most appropriate response treatment.
Lumigan is much cheaper
But doesn't include the best applicator. That shouldn't stop individuals motivated to save $. Officially of course patients should only use medications for their intended use.
Latisse is Bimatoprost
The active medication in Latisse is bimatoprost 0.03%. As some other physicians have noted, be careful using a medication which does not have the indication you are using it for as it may label you with a certain disease.
Latisse vs Lumigan
The product are the same. That being said, getting it prescribed and paid by your insurance would probably constitute an element of fraud by your provider and yourself. I would be very careful in this situation.
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