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Latisse dosage: A detailed guide

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Doctors prescribe Latisse for increasing the length, thickness, and darkness of your eyelashes. You apply it topically once per night before bedtime.
Medically reviewed by Bryson Russell, PharmD, MHSA, MSc
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This article describes Latisse’s dosage and strength and gives details on how to apply it. You’ll also find information on cost savings and coupon options for Latisse. If you want to know more about Latisse, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.

Latisse is a brand-name medication that comes as a solution you apply topically to your skin. It’s available in a generic version called bimatoprost. This article describes dosages of Latisse.

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Form and strength of Latisse

Latisse comes as follows:

  • Form: a solution you apply topically to your skin
  • Strength: 0.3 milligrams (mg) per milliliter (mL)

Dosage of Latisse

This article describes the recommended dosage for Latisse. The drugmaker provides these dosages.

If your doctor prescribes this medication, you should follow the dosage they prescribe. Your doctor will determine the dosage that best meets your needs. Do not change your dosage of Latisse without your doctor’s recommendation.

Usual recommended dosage of Latisse in adults

The usual dosage of Latisse for treating eyelash hypotrichosis (thinning eyelashes) in adults is:

  • Dose: 1 drop applied with an applicator supplied with the package of Latisse
  • Frequency: once per night

Latisse should only be applied to your skin at the base of your eyelashes on your upper eyelid. It should not be applied to your lower eyelash line.

Dosage of Latisse in children

Latisse can be applied to certain children ages 5 years or older. The usual dosage of Latisse for treating thinning eyelashes in children is:

  • Dose: 1 drop applied with an applicator supplied with the package of Latisse
  • Frequency: once per night

Latisse should only be applied to their skin at the base of their eyelashes on their upper eyelid. It should not be applied to their lower eyelash line.

Missed dose of Latisse

If you miss a dose of Latisse, just apply the usual dose the next evening. Do not apply your missed dose. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist right away if you realize you forgot to apply a dose of Latisse.

For tips on how to plan your doses of Latisse and avoid missing a dose, read this article. You could also try:

  • downloading a reminder app on your phone
  • setting an alarm
  • putting a note where you’ll see it, such as on your calendar, bathroom mirror, or bedside table

Frequently asked questions

Below are answers to some commonly asked questions about Latisse and its dosage.

Can Latisse be applied on eyebrows? If so, what’s the dosage?

Latisse isn’t approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for improving eyebrow growth. But a 2016 study showed that bimatoprost, the active ingredient in Latisse, can be safe and effective for improving eyebrow growth. If your doctor prescribes Latisse for eyebrow growth, this use would be considered off label. With off-label use, doctors prescribe a drug for a purpose other than what it’s approved for.

Talk with your doctor if you have questions about Latisse and eyebrow growth.

Is Latisse prescribed long term?

Yes, doctors typically prescribe Latisse as a long-term treatment. If you and your doctor determine that Latisse is safe and effective for your condition, you’ll likely receive a prescription for a long-term treatment.

If you have questions about the length of your treatment time, talk with your doctor.

How Latisse is applied

You’ll apply Latisse topically on your skin once per night. Before applying Latisse, your face should be clean. Your makeup and contact lenses should be removed. Place 1 drop on the applicator. Apply it evenly along the skin of your upper eyelid at the base of your eyelashes. You should dispose of the applicator after each use.

Repeat the above steps with the other eye.

You should not apply Latisse to your lower eyelash line.

Your doctor may advise that you apply this medication before bedtime. This helps keep a consistent amount of the drug in your body. And that can help the drug work more effectively.

Also, be sure to talk with your doctor or pharmacist if you’re having difficulty applying your medication. They can offer recommendations about applying it.

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Overdose of Latisse

It’s important that you do not apply more Latisse than your doctor prescribes. Doing so can lead to harmful effects.

What to do if you apply too much Latisse

If you think you’ve applied too much Latisse, call your doctor or pharmacist right away. Or you could call 800-222-1222 to speak with someone at America’s Poison Centers. You can also use its online resource. If you have severe symptoms, call 911 or a local emergency number immediately. You can also go to the closest emergency room.

What to ask your doctor

This article describes the usual recommended dosage for Latisse. If your doctor prescribes this medication, they’ll determine the dosage that’s best for you.

Do not change your dosage of Latisse without your doctor’s recommendation. You should apply Latisse exactly as your doctor prescribes it. Let your doctor know if you have concerns or questions about your treatment plan.

Here’s a list of some possible questions you may want to ask your doctor:

  • Can I apply Latisse if I’m applying eye drop medications?
  • How long will it take my dosage of Latisse to work?
  • If I stop applying Latisse, will my eyelashes go back to how they were before I started?

Disclaimer: Optum Perks has made every effort to make certain that all information is factually correct, comprehensive, and up to date. However, this article should not be used as a substitute for the knowledge and expertise of a licensed healthcare professional. You should always consult your doctor or another healthcare professional before taking any medication. The drug information contained herein is subject to change and is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. The absence of warnings or other information for a given drug does not indicate that the drug or drug combination is safe, effective, or appropriate for all patients or all specific uses.

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