Monday, December 8, 2008
Glaucoma Drug for Eyelash Growth
We women love our eyelashes. Even women who don't wear much makeup would not be caught dead without their mascara...a product they have used since puberty. So imagine my excitement to read that the Irvine based company, Allergen Inc. has discovered that their glaucoma drug causes eyelashes to grow lush and long.
The glaucoma drug, Lumigan, has been declared a safe and effective way to make eyelashes longer and fuller. When Lumigan was applied once a day, they noted a significantly increased fullness, thickness and darkness of lashes. A panel of outside experts voted that the benefits of the drug outweighed the risks and advised Allergen to do follow up studies.
Lumigan (bimatoprost opthalmic solution) 0.03% is for the treatment of high eye pressure, also called intraocular pressure, in people with open-angle glaucoma. What is funny is that the Important Safety Information of the drug says:
"Lumigan has been reported to cause darkening of eyelashes, as well as increased growth of eyelashes." There is also a warning that it can cause darkening of eye color and eyelid skin. "The effects of increased darkening beyond 5 years are not known."
I hope they get the eye color thing worked out...I would like longer, luxurious lashes and I'm tired of mascara.
Shares of Allergen rose $2.12 to $38.54.
Posted by Toni Brayer, MD at 7:04 AM