Is Latisse Sold Without a Prescription, over the Counter Now?

Is that true or is a prescription still required?

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Latisse is a prescription drug

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Latisse is a federally regulated drug and you must have a prescription to get it from a pharmacy, or purchase it directly from a physician's office that has a dispensing license. There is no way to get it "over the counter". To get Latisse, these are the only options.

Is Latisse Sold "Over The Counter"?

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No, Latisse cannot be sold "over the counter".  It can only be dispensed by a licensed physician.  It is the only FDA approved eyelash lengthener.


Is Latisse Sold Without a Prescription, over the Counter Now? No it is not.

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Latisse is an FDA-approved product for enhancement of eyelashes. It has been used in eyedrop form for many years for patients with glaucoma. It is not available without a prescription or over-the-counter. It is important for anyone who is considering Latisse to be evaluated by a physician prior to starting the product. In particular, it is important for patients to be aware of the risks involved with the treatment.

Henry Lee, MD
Warren Oculoplastic Surgeon

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Latisse Is Not An Over The Counter Medication

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Latisse (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.03%is by prescription only.  It was formulated from a glaucoma medication, Lumigan whose active ingredient is bimatoprost.  It was noted that patients who used this medication demonstrated longer, thicker and darker lashes.  Latisse is clinically used to treat eyelash hypotrichosis-a loss or reduction of hair.  Latisse lengthens, thickens and darkens the eyelashes.  It is believed to work in the anagen (growth) phase of the lash hair cycle.  It increases the length of the phase as well as the number of hairs in this phase.  This phase lasts for about 1-2 months. Latisse is by prescription only.  It can be obtained at a pharmacy or from a physician's office if they have a dispensing license.  I hope this helps.

Leslie M. Sims, MD (in memoriam)
Las Vegas Ophthalmologist


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Latisse is prescription only medication. You cannot buy it over the counter. Any physician can write your a prescription.

A.J. Amadi, MD
Seattle Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Is Latisse Sold Without a Prescription, over the Counter Now?

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Latisse is not available OTC. You can only obtain it with a prescription or from a prescriber's office. There are uncommon complications and Latisse is not safe for certain patients. Therefore, you need to be examined by a physician before starting Latisse. I hope this information is helpful.

Stephen Weber MD, FACS

Latisse Prescription

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NO.  Latisse is the only FDA approved prescription strength lash enhancer on the market.  With proper use you can expect Longer, Thicker, Darker lashes within 16 weeks of use.


Hope this helps.


Dr. Grant Stevens        Marina PlasticSurgery Associates          Marina del Rey, CA         The Institute



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Latisse is a prescription or direct physician dispense only. People who sell this product without a physician exam and prescription are violating the law and are being shut down

David A. Bray, Sr., MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon

Only by prescription

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Yes, you will have to see a licensed doctor to obtain a prescription for Latisse, first undergoing an examination and review of your medical history to make sure the product is safe for you.

Over the Counter Latisse?

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  Latisse is available currently only with a prescription.  You can purchase this at your plastic surgeon's office or get a prescription.

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