Careprost is used to treat glaucoma in adults by increasing the flow of fluid from the eye. The medication is also a popular cosmetic agent as it helps the eyelashes to grow thicker and longer. Careprost is a prescription medication and should be used under the guidance of a physician. It should never be shared with other people and should be stored in a cool and dry place, out of reach of children. It is important to wash the hands before using this medication so that you do not contaminate it.
The medication contains bimatoprost 0.03% which is a prostaglandin analog that is used to reduce intraocular pressure in the eye, or IOP. Increased IOP can cause damage to the optic nerve fibres which can lead to loss of sight. Careprost increases the flow of fluid from the eye and decreases IOP, helping to prevent damage and blindness. It also promotes the growth of eyelashes and eyebrows by triggering an increase in blood supply to the area around the eyes.
The medicine is a drop and should be instilled into the eye each day as directed by your doctor. It can be used with other medications but it is important to leave a gap of 5 minutes between applications. If you wear contact lenses, remove them before applying the drops and wait 15 minutes before re-inserting them.
It is important to keep in mind that the results will not appear immediately, and it may take a few months before you notice a difference. It is recommended that you continue to use the drops as instructed and make regular visits to your doctor for monitoring. It is also recommended that you do not stop taking the medication unless advised by your doctor as this can lead to the reversal of the effects and can increase your IOP to dangerous levels again.
This medication can interact with certain medications so it is important to check with your doctor before taking any new medicines. It is also important to inform your doctor if you have any other medical conditions or are taking any other medications, including non-prescription drugs, vitamins, nutritional supplements and herbal products.
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in it. You should not drive or operate heavy machinery while using this medication and you should avoid smoking or alcohol as these can increase the risk of side effects. You should also not breastfeed while taking this medication.
If you miss a dose, apply it as soon as you remember. However, do not apply a double dose to make up for the missed one as this can be harmful to your health. Store this medication at room temperature and do not refrigerate it. It is also important to keep it away from children and pets as it can be poisonous if they ingest it. You should also not touch the medication or the tip of the bottle with your fingers as it can contaminate it.