|Careprost (Bimatoprost) x60||$24.9||$1,494.00|
|Careprost (Bimatoprost) x90||$22.9||$2,061.00|
|Careprost (Bimatoprost) x180||$20.9||$3,762.00|
|Careprost (Bimatoprost) x360||$19.9||$7,164.00|
Careprost 0.03% is an ophthalmic solution used in the treatment of glaucoma which is characterized by an increased intraocular pressure due to a fluid build up in the eye. The increased intraocular pressure can damage optic nerve fibers leading out the back of the eye then to the brain. The damage in optic nerve fibers can cause a gradual loss of vision, affecting peripheral vision first, then leading to total eye blindness.
Careprost contains 300mcg/ml of Bimatoprost which is a synthetic analogue of prostamide that have specific actions on various parts of the body, including a powerful eye pressure reducing action. Since Bimatoprost is a synthetic analogue of prostamide, it then possesses the same action. It helps treat glaucoma by binding to prostamide receptors increasing the drainage of the fluid build-up by lowering resistance to outflow and opening up the drainage route called trabecular mesh. This then leads to a balanced flow of fluid out of the eye and the lowering of the intraocular pressure. Careprost is also used in lowering intraocular pressure to treat ocular hypotension.
Careprost is also used for the treatment of eyelash hypotrichosis. Eyelash hypotrichosis is a condition where eyelash growth is abnormal or the amount of eyelashes is inadequate. Careprost increases growth of eyelashes, and increases eyelash length, thickness and darkness. This eyelash enhancement effect of Bimatoprost was once observed as a side effect, but is now a desirable effect, driving manufacturers to develop eye drops intended for this effect. Careprost works in treating eyelash hypotrichosis by acting on prostaglandin receptors in the hair follicles, stimulating resting follicles to turn into the growing follicle state.
Careprost is manufactured by Sun Pharmaceuticals
Careprost for glaucoma:
Before using Careprost, make sure to remove contact lenses and hands are clean. Instill one drop of Careprost to the affected eye, once a day, preferably at night. Hold the eye open with clean fingers and carefully squeeze a drop to the eye. Close and reopen eyes gently to help spread the medication. As prescribed by a physician, the use of this medication must be continued for several months or years to maintain a normal eye pressure.
Careprost for eyelash hypotrichosis:
Before using Careprost, make sure that the face is clean with all make-up removed, hands are clean and contact lenses are removed. Careprost is applied to the base of the upper eyelashes or both eyes, once nightly.
Squeeze a drop of Careprost to the tip of a sterile applicator and brush the medication across the base of the upper eyelashes, starting from the inner to the outer part of the lash line. Blot excess Careprost solution with a clean tissue or cloth. Eye must not be rinsed off the solution gets into the eye, for it will not cause damage. Avoid the solution coming in constant contact with other skin areas to avoid unwanted hair growth. Note that this medication must not be applied on the lower eyelid to avoid the solution running to the cheeks and other skin areas.
One applicator must be used for one eyelid only and strictly for one-time use. Throw the applicator after use to avoid contamination. Contact lenses may be reinserted after 15 minutes of drug application.
Careprost may show visible results within 8 to 10 weeks of use and with a maximum effect by 12 to 16 weeks. Note that there may be a difference in length, thickness, pigmentation, or direction of eyelash growth between the eyes. Eyelashes will return to its original state or appearance in a few weeks or months if the use of this medication is stopped.
Careprost is contraindicated to people with known hypersensitivity to its active ingredient Bimatoprost and all its inactive ingredients.
Careprost is under Pregnancy Category C, which means animal studies have shown to cause fetal damage, but no evidence has been shown in human studies. Bimatoprost has been shown to be excreted in breast milk in animal studies, but not known in human breast milk. This makes this medication not recommended for use by pregnant and breastfeeding women. It may only be used with the advice of a physician if there are no other safer alternatives and if benefits outweigh risks.
Warnings and Precautions
Before using Careprost, a healthcare professional must determine if it is safe for use. It is important that the medical professional is informed of all medical conditions and other medications being used. Caution is advised to patients with the following medical conditions:
- History of glaucoma
- Eye condition called uveitis
- Any infection or swelling in or around the eyes
- History of eye injury or eye surgery
Careprost may interact if combined with other prostaglandin analogs eye drops such as:
- Travoprost eyedrops
- Latanoprost eyedrops
- Unoprostone eyedrops
Careprost solution coming in contact with other skin parts must be avoided as unwanted hair growth may occur in other skin areas. Make sure to always cover the tip of the eye drop bottle and it must not come in contact with fingers or other objects to avoid contamination.
Caution is advised when driving or using heavy machineries. It is best to observe the effect of this medication on one’s eyesight before doing such activities because Bimatoprost may cause vision changes.
Careprost and Alcohol
No food and drink limitation is necessary as Bimatoprost (Careprost) does not interact with any.
It is best to consult a doctor before using Careprost for glaucoma or eyelash hypotrichosis.
All medications cause side effects but each person will react differently. Careprost may cause mild to moderate side effects which usually subside as the body adjusts to the medication through continued use. The most common side effects reported include, but not limited to:
- Itchy eyes
- Eye redness
- Eye dryness
- Burning eyes
- Stinging eyes
- Watery eyes
- Increased eye sensitivity to light
- Foreign body sensation
Careprost use may cause a brown pigmentation of the iris and eyelids with months or years of use. Iris pigmentation is likely permanent but pigmentation of the eyelids is reversed when use of the medication is discontinued.
Stop using the medication and seek immediate medical attention for any of the following side effects:
- Severe irritation or inflammation of eyes or eyelids
- Red eyelids
- Severe eye pain
- Changes in vision
- Eye infection
Stop using the medication if an allergic reaction occurs, with symptoms of hives, breathing difficulty, swelling of face, lips, tongue or throat. Consult a physician for a complete list of side effects