Beyond Beauty Benefits of Careprost for Your Eyes

What is this medication?

BIMATOPROST, sold under the brand name Careprost, treats the condition of having fewer eyelashes. It helps grow your eyelashes longer, darker, and thicker. It also helps in increasing the number of eyelashes through continuous use.

 It can be used for any other purpose too, but you have to consult your doctor if it’s for any other purpose or any other condition.

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Latisse, Lumigan, Careprost

What are some steps to be taken before taking this medication?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

Eye inflammation


Macular edema

An unusual or allergic reaction to bimatoprost, other medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives

Pregnant or trying to get pregnant


How should Careprost be used?

Bimatoprost should be used only on the skin of the upper eyelid margins, which are the base of eyelashes. Do not consume it by mouth in any case. The eyedrop should not be applied inside the eye or on the lower eyelid. The directions should be strictly followed, as mentioned on the prescription label. Careprost should not be used more often than as prescribed by your doctor. While applying, make sure there is a gap of at least 5 minutes if you want to use any other eye product. As it may have some serious side effects. Remove all the makeup and contact lenses before application. The drops should be applied with applicators or with an eye brush. Never use your fingers, or do not touch the tip of the dropper or applicator. If excessively applied, use a cloth or cotton buds to blot the excess application. The doses should be applied at regular intervals only. If you are using a brush to evenly distribute the drops on eyelashes, make sure too much quantity is not applied.

This medication should be used under doctor supervision only for children. Doctors may prescribe it for children aged 5 years, but it is for rare conditions only, and you have to take precautions.

Overdose: If too much dosage has been applied to a Careprost eye drop, consult with your doctor or emergency center immediately so that there are no adverse effects.

Note: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medication?

Medications used in the eye to treat glaucoma or high eye pressure (i.e., Lumigan, latanoprost, travoprost, or unoprostone)

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

The common side effects to be monitored after using Bitamrost are:

The eyelids may get darker, and the colored part of the eye may have some color change. The color change in the eye may be permanent after using Careprost. Though eyelids may return to their normal color after several weeks, returning to a normal position will happen only after you stop using this medication.

Careprost, if mistakenly applied to any other body parts, may have some effects, like hair growth on that body part. This happens only if other parts of the skin come into frequent contact with Careprost eye drops. To avoid this, you should wipe off the excess medication by using a tissue or a cotton ball. There may be a difference in eyelash length, thickness, fullness, color, number of eyelash hairs, and/or direction of eyelash growth between eyes. This will usually go away if you stop using this medication.

If you wear contact lenses, take them out before using this medication. Contact lenses may be put back in after 15 minutes.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medication?

Side effects that you should report to your care team as soon as possible:

  • Allergic reactions—skin rash, itching, hives, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat
  • Change in vision
  • New or worsening eye pain, redness, irritation, or discharge
  • Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your care team if they continue or are bothersome):
  • Change in eye, eyelash, or eyelid color
  • Dry eyes
  • Eye irritation or itching
  • Increased tears after use

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to your doctor.

Where should I keep my medication?

Keep it out of the reach of children.

Store this medicine between 2 and 25 degrees C (36 and 77 degrees F). Throw away any unused medication after the expiration date.

Note: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider. If you want to buy it, you can do it at