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Louise Chang, MD
Dec. 26, 2008 -- The FDA has approved Latisse, the first drug to promote
eyelash growth, according to Allergan, the company that makes Latisse.
Latisse, which will be available by prescription starting in the first
quarter of 2009, contains the active ingredient of the glaucoma drug Lumigan, which is also made by
Eyelash growth is a known side effect of Lumigan. But Lumigan and Latisse
are used differently. Lumigan is an eyedrop, and Latisse gets dabbed along the
lash line on the upper eyelids to promote longer, thicker, darker lashes.
Allergan states that "Latisse users can expect to experience longer,
fuller, and darker eyelashes in as little as eight weeks, with full results in
16 weeks." If Latisse is stopped, eyelashes will gradually return to their
previous appearance as new eyelashes grow in.
Allergan also notes that Latisse may cause darkening of the eyelid skin,
which may be reversible, and it "may also cause increased brown
pigmentation of the colored part of the eye, which is likely to be
Latisse may also promote hair growth in other skin areas that it frequently
touches, so Allergan recommends blotting it off any skin other than the upper
eyelid's lash line to prevent that side effect.
According to Allergan, Latisse was well-tolerated in its clinical trials,
with the most common side effects being eye redness, itchy eyes, and skin
Earlier this month, an
FDA advisory panel recommended that the FDA approve Latisse and also
recommended further studies in certain groups of patients, such as young
patients and people who lost their eyelashes to chemotherapy.
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