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Lumigan RC (Bimatoprost)


Lumigan RC (Bimatoprost)

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  • Product Details


    A person may be prescribed Lumigan RC eye drops if they have conditions of the eye that increase the pressure to unhealthy levels. Conditions that this drug treats include open-angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension.

    Symptoms of ocular hypertension include headache, eye pain, blurred vision, eye redness, nausea, and vomiting. Without treatment, it is possible to lose vision permanently.

    Lumigan RC works by increasing the amount of fluid that leaves the eye, lowering the ocular pressure.

    Fact Table







    Legal status


    Chemical Name


    Elimination half-life

    45 min

    Dosage (Strength)



    No Known Risks


    Lumigan, Latisse

    Protein binding


    PubChem CID






    ATC code






    Routes of administration

    eye drops


    Instill one drop into the affected eye once daily in the evening.


    The active ingredient in Lumigan RC is bimatoprost.

    The available strengths are:

    • Lumigan RC 2.5 mL
    • Lumigan RC 5 mL
    • Lumigan RC 7.5 mL


    Lumigan RC has drug-drug interactions with:

    • Latanoprost
    • Latanoprostene bunod
    • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents


    Once you have your prescription and buy Lumigan RC, do not touch the tip of the dropper to the eye because it can lead to bacterial contamination.

    Separate the application of different eye medications by at least 5 minutes.

    If you wear contact lenses, wait 15 minutes after using Lumigan RC 5ml before putting the lenses in.

    Side Effects

    Potential adverse reactions from this drug include:

    • Abnormal eyelash growth
    • Allergic dermatitis
    • Blepharoptosis
    • Blurred vision
    • Conjunctival edema
    • Conjunctival hemorrhage
    • Conjunctival hyperemia
    • Decreased visual acuity
    • Deepening of the eyelid sulcus
    • Dry eye syndrome
    • Erythema of eyelid
    • Erythema of skin
    • Erythematous rash
    • Eye discharge
    • Eye irritation
    • Eye pain
    • Eye pruritus
    • Eyelid edema
    • Eyelid entropion
    • Eyelid pruritus
    • Foreign body sensation of eye
    • Hyperpigmentation of eyelashes
    • Hyperpigmentation of eyelid
    • Hypertrichosis
    • Hypertrichosis of eyelid
    • Hypotony of eye
    • Increased lacrimation
    • Intraocular inflammation
    • Iris hyperpigmentation
    • Local dryness of periocular skin
    • Local skin hyperpigmentation
    • Macular edema
    • Macular eruption
    • Misdirected growth of eyelashes
    • Ocular allergy
    • Ocular edema
    • Periorbital skin discoloration
    • Periorbital swelling
    • Photophobia
    • Punctate keratitis
    • Scaling of eyelid
    • Trichorrhexis


    Lumigan RC [package insert]. Irvine, CA: Allergan, Inc.; 2010.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Lumigan RC

    What is Lumigan RC?

    Lumigan RC is a prescription medication used to treat glaucoma and ocular hypertension. It contains the active ingredient bimatoprost, which helps lower intraocular pressure (IOP) in the eye.

    How does Lumigan RC work?

    Lumigan RC works by increasing the drainage of fluid (aqueous humor) from the eye and reducing the production of this fluid. This helps lower IOP and prevent damage to the optic nerve.

    What are the common uses of Lumigan RC?

    Lumigan RC is primarily used to treat open-angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension. It can also be prescribed for eyelash growth when applied to the eyelashes as Latisse.

    How should I use Lumigan RC eye drops?

    Follow your doctor's instructions carefully. Generally, you will apply one drop of Lumigan RC to the affected eye(s) once daily in the evening. Avoid touching the tip of the dropper to prevent contamination.

    Are there any side effects associated with Lumigan RC?

    Yes, some common side effects may include eye redness, itching, darkening of eyelashes, or changes in eye color. Less common side effects may include eye irritation, dryness, or blurred vision. Consult your healthcare provider for a complete list of potential side effects.

    Can I use Lumigan RC if I wear contact lenses?

    Lumigan RC contains a preservative that may be absorbed by soft contact lenses. It is advisable to remove contact lenses before applying the eye drops and wait at least 15 minutes before reinserting them.

    Is Lumigan RC safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

    It is essential to discuss the use of Lumigan RC with your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as the medication may not be suitable in these situations.

    Can Lumigan RC be used in children?

    Lumigan RC is typically not prescribed for children unless specifically directed by a pediatric ophthalmologist.

    How long does it take for Lumigan RC to show results?

    It may take several weeks of consistent use to notice a reduction in intraocular pressure. Be patient and continue using Lumigan RC as prescribed by your doctor.

    Can I drive or operate heavy machinery while using Lumigan RC?

    Lumigan RC may cause blurred vision as a side effect. It's essential to wait until your vision has cleared before engaging in activities that require full concentration, such as driving or operating heavy machinery.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 12250

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