Does Latisse Lack Sufficient Safety Stats?

By now, you've probably seen the Latisse commercial enough times to easily recite Brooke Shields's possible-side-effects monologue. The FDA, however, feels that the safety information that appears on the prescription eyelash-enhancer's corresponding website isn't enough to adequately educate consumers.

Last week, the FDA's Division of Drug Marketing, Advertising, and Communications (DDMAC) issued a letter to Allergan, the pharmaceutical company behind Latisse, citing the "stark contrast" between latisse.com's efficacy statistics and risk information. At the time of the letter's release, the organization declared that the warning display "fails to present risk information with a prominence and readability reasonably comparable with the presentation of information relating to the effectiveness of the drug."

Latisse, which contains a prostaglandin (fatty acid derivative) called bimatoprost to grow longer and darker eyelashes, can cause hair growth outside the intended treatment area and bacterial contamination-two risks that the FDA says are omitted or minimized on the site. Additionally, the FDA has accused Allergan of downplaying the potential for infection and increased iris pigment, as well as providing misleading information about allergic reactions.

Allergan is expected to respond to the FDA complaints by September 24.

Have you tried Latisse? Were you completely familiar with the risks before using it? Have the results been worth the possible side effects? Tell us by leaving a comment below.

69 Comments
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  • Betsy
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    I have been using Latisse for about 3 years and have not had any of the side effects mentioned comments. I have long beautiful lashes and my blue eyes remained blue. I don't use it every day, only every 2-3 days. When I ran out for a couple weeks I notices my lashes fell out and came back at their normally shorter length. I am completely satisfied and will continue to use Latisse.

  • Ken
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    I have been using Latisse for about 3 months. I researched the product on the internet, weighed the possible side effects against the possible results and decided to try it. I am thrilled with the results and have not noticed any side effects to date. I will contine to use the product.

  • Lala
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    For a while it did work even though I developed redness, dry eyes and itching in the end. A few extra hairs kept growing out of the inner corners of my eyes causing me discomfort. I finished only one 3ml bottle and noticed my eye lashes started to fall off more and more; also, vision all of sudden became blurry. I did not start the second bottle. I still have it. With short period of time, all my beautiful, long and thick lashes were gone and new started to grow --very short and thing in some spots no lashes at all. I did not use any mascara for over two years and half, tried to nurture back my natural eyelashes. Now they still very thin and short. I was hoping they would grow to my natural, usual length and thickness, they had formerly been, before I started to use Careprost. I would never use it if it would be mentioned to me that I have to live with hideous eyelashes like have now, for the rest of my life. I waited long enough to see if my eyelashes coming back; obviously it’s not going to happen.

  • Charlotte
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    After reading the comments, I realized that all of the adverse reactions that I experienced when using this product were not my imagination. Following my initial applications, my lashes became incredibly long and despite the terrible redness, I found the results amazing. Then, my eyelashes started falling out and my vision was blurry when applying as directed. I discontinued use for a period of time and then when I resumed, I looked like a drug addict - the redness was horrible and my lashes fell out in clumps again. I just threw the bottle in the trash - use this product with extreme caution.

  • Robyn
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    I am a skincare specialist and I work with a renowned plastic surgeon. He uses botox, juvederm and Natrelle products from Allergan. When Latisse was released, we started to offer this product. I started using Latisse on my eyes for 4 months as instructed. I was aware of the side effects and with time I did have staining on the top of my eyelids and it also started to stain my lower eyes as well. I personally do not like to use products with chemicals that cause side effects. I stopped using it and luckily the stain faded with time. My eyelashes became thicker and darker but with staining as a side effect, it was not worth in the end. I won't use this product again.

  • Linda
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    I had wonderful results using lattise. I had beautiful lashes and the redness around my eyes subsided and my eyes in general looked great and then everything changed. The box says darkening of the iris - so I thought my green eyes would get DARKER - no problem. A side effect I was willing to risk but what happened is that BROWN dots start to form all over the eyes. So I called Allergen and my Dr and stopped using it immediately. Over a year later the BROWN dots haven't gone away and my eye color has completely changed. They aren't even green anymore. They are a weird hazel -blue. NOT WORTH IT. If you have light eyes, use at your own risk. I just heard Courtney Cox on Ellen the other day telling people about Lattisse and how safe it is and there aren't any problems with it etc... that was VERY irresponsible. Oh yes, my vision, once great, it now blurry all the time. I also have chronic dry eye. NOT WORTH IT.

  • Posted on

    Although I cannot directly comment on the degree of safety stats for Latisse, what I can say is that I don't down play these potential side effects when I discuss use of this product to my patients. For some, the risk of irritation/infection, potential for increased pigmentation of the skin where the drops are applied, and potential for change in pigmentation of a blue or green eye (if it were applied into the eye long term), are not worth the benefit of longer eyelashes. In consultation, I try to explain the risks thoroughly to my patients and make sure there are no contraindications for use. There is a characteristic quality to the lashes that grow with Latisse and depending on the clinical scenario this may or may not be desirable. I discuss this with my patients. For some, this product offers great benefits but, it is not for everyone.

  • Jeanette
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    i started using Latisse in November and liked the effect on my lashes. but a week ago i developed a sty on my left lid that hasn't budged. After several days with warm/hot compresses and an antibiotic ointment i started a 7-day round of Keflex. i put my contacts in for the first time in about a week this morning and am alarmed at how poorly i can see. i have an appt with my eye doc tomorrow but am close to panic about my vision. Like Anne, i'm desperate for someone to say, it's just temporary!!

  • Dr. Joseph Eviatar
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    Latisse is the only eyelash product that has been evaluated by the FDA and has been shown to produce longer, thicker and darker lashes. The possible side effects have been clearly outlined and include transient redness of the eye and irritation of the skin or pigmentation of the skin. These side effects are reversible. People can also be allergic to Latisse, but this is very rare. Latisse was developed from an eye drop medication called Lumigan. In the studies for this product, permanent darkening of the iris was seen in 2% of patients (especially in those with green or hazel eyes). But to my knowledge, this was not the case in patients using Latisse as it delivers the medication to the base of the lashes as opposed to administering a drop directly into the eye. In my experience with hundreds of patients using Latisse, they are uniformly happy if they use it as directed by adding only a small amount of the product on the applicators that are provided.

  • Anne
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    I started using latisse 9 months ago and at first had some minor irritation but not bad. I have brown eyes so I was not concerned with changes in eye color. I did get the eyelid skin darkening but usually wear make-up so I figured the long lashes were worth it. The big problem however that I experenced and I have seen a few other users comment on, is the dramatic change in my vision. I have always had perfect vision, 20/20 and wore reading glasses in a low prescription when needed. Well about 3 months into using Latisse I seemed to need stronger reading glasses at first and had to bump up the magnification to the next level. Another 2 months later, another bump in the prescription. At that time I didn't attribute this to the Latisse and just thought it was normal aging and maybe too much computer usage. Now my right eye in the past 2 weeks has sudden very poor far away vision and the near vision has worsened again in that eye. I almost have double vision especially when driving in daylight. It is even worse on sunny days or in fluorescent ligthing like in the supermarket. I have an eye appointment tomorrow to find out what is going on, and I have been reading reviews on the internet and have found a few others that have had similar reactions, I am worried that I may have macular edema or even a cataract in that eye. I stopped the latisse a little over a week ago and would rather be able to see than go blind with long lashes anyday. If anyone else has had a similar experience, please let me know and tell me if your symptoms improved after stopping latisse? I am afraid that I have caused permanent damage in the name of vanity.

  • Dr. Richard Baxter
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    As a precribing physician, I have to make an important clarification about risks of Latisse and iris color change. The reason for the FDA's concern is that Latisse contains the same active ingredient as a glaucoma medication called Lumigan. When applied directly into the eye on a regular basis, a small percentage of patients with green-to-hazel eyes experienced permanent darkening of the iris with Lumigan. Latisse however is not applied into the eye and to my knowledge there has never been a case of iris color change from the use of Latisse as directed. It should also be pointed out that Latisse is the only FDA-approved product proven to grow lashes longer, darker, and fuller.

  • Georgie
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    I am 68 yrs of age and have been using LATISSE since it came out on the market. I experienced itchy eyes briefly the first week. I really appreciate what the product does for my lashes.

  • alianmama
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    I'm 44, blue eyes, using Latisse for 2 years. I always had short, straight, light lashes, and in my early 40's noticed they were even more sparse, and a spot here & there with no lashes at all. Bummer! With Latisse, I experience a slight darkening of the skin along the upper lash line, but nothing worrisome. My eye color has not changed. My lashes have gotten noticeably longer and thicker, though nothing I'd call "dramatic", it is noticeable and pretty. I get my eyelashes dyed (natural vegetable dye) every month so just curl them and my eye makeup is done. TIP: do NOT use the lame applicators given. They waste the product. Buy a very fine paint brush at an art store. Avoid infection: I have a small hand mirror that I wipe with hydrogen peroxide after each use: I place one drop of Latisse on it (lying flat on the counter) and use my fine brush for both upper lash lines. There is enough left to use in my eyebrows, so now my lighter spots are filled in there, too! I wash the brush after each use and rinse with hydrogen peroxide. I also practice basic good hygiene. Two years and NO infection. Maintenance: I sometimes skip a day or two, occasionally three. If I skip 3 days, use a day, skip 2-3 days again, I start losing the lashes. It's best if I use every other eve at the very minimum. What's sad is that I'll have to use this stuff forever to keep lashes! AND a concern I'm having now is whether Latisse causes blurry vision or not...checking into it...

  • Willow
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    I've used Latisse off and on for about two years, the first year because I used it on a consistent basis, my lashes grew very long, so long in fact it was annoying wearing my eyeglasses at work, because everytime I blinked my eyelashes were batting against the lenses. So, I had to lower the glasses down the nose. When they reached that lenghed I used the drops sporadically, to just maintain the lengh they were. I didn't notice any change in my iris since I have dark chocolate pupils and dark irises, as far as any darkening around the eye, because I work the night shift often anyway, as a result over the past three to four years I've been battling dark shadows at times anyway. There've been a few creams here and there that have worked unfortunately,the company discontinued the item. But, when it's all said and done, I really Love the effects of Latisse, there's nothing like having your own gorgeous lashes to bat.

  • anonymous
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    Don't confuse two different side effects: darkening of skin around the eye; change in color of the Iris. The skin color may go back to natural color after you stop using product. Iris color change is permanent. People with light colored Iris more at risk.

  • Amy
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    Jeanne From what I've read, the coloring of the iris should improve once you stop using Latisse. In your experience, did this not happen? I tried using it (on more than one occasion) however it irritated by eyes to the point where I could not put my contacts in each morning due to itchy, scratchy eyes. I stopped before I could see a difference in growth. Since then, I've started using RapidLash and I swear by it. It's on Haute Look often. Sign up and keep a look out. It's worth checking out.

  • Jeanne
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    I have been using Latisse on and off for almost 3 years. My eyes are blue green with a very light almost yellow center. I have experienced darkening of the iris. My eye color has significantly darkened. Very sad. My lashes are longer but was not worth it. I was told of possible darkening of iris, but was also told this was extremely rare. I also read the enclosed warnings. I am now reading that green is the most suseptable eye color for darkening of the iris.

  • Side Effects
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    I am very mixed. I have used Latisse for 11 days. I have enjoyed using it because I have been self-consious about having tiny lashes and yet just yesterday a family member who hasn't seen me in a few days commented on the dark circles around my eyes. He said it looked like I had been beat up! Sure enough, I do notice a pronounced darkening that has set in as though I am showing signs of being very tired looking. I look really depleted and exhausted (though I have to say I am actually much more rested than usual)! Apparently this side effect isn't often addressed. I have experienced a sudden loss of orbital fat from using latisse. My iris is the same hazel color and I have no change in pigmentation of my eyelids. This issue is simply a deep (almost black and blue looking) discoloration beneath my eye socket (towards the inside region where the crease is near my nose). NOT A BECOMING LOOK. I hope my coloration will return. I caked on makeup this morning and you can still see the darkness. Not good.

  • Elizabeth
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    I have been using Latisse since it came on the market several years ago. It worked great until this March when I developed severe dry eyes. I've only used it once or twice a week since the initial 8 week start up period. In March I noticed that on the next morning after applying it the night before, my eyes would be swollen and have a sticky substance that held my eyes shut until I washed it with a warm towel. In May I switched to Revitalash and the dry eye continued. I've tried using artificial tears and eye gel but they do not relieve the severe dryness. I am guessing that I have developed an allergy to one of the ingredients. I loved the long lashes but have to discontinue using these products.

  • Keely
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    I have been using Latisse for about 5 weeks now. I have been getting lash infections almost weekly. I have always followed directions to prevent contamination. I started over with a new bottle and still get the hard balls at my lash line. When I stop they go away. I haven't used the product for very long but I hope I'm not one that loses her lashes. This does happen to a few people, the FDA is acting appropriately on making sure the public is properly precautioned. I am one experiencing the issue recently brought about by the FDA. I choose to continue my use in hopes it will get better, but we'll see if it's worth it-or not.

  • pinky777
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    PLEASE READ THIS: I used Latisse for several months, as it is prescribed. I thought it really worked at first. I loved the innitial results and then I watched in horror, as my eye lashes began to slowly fall out. I started to have itching, redness and pain, that was causing me to look tired and my eyes to look "sick." My lashes started to fall out...more and more each day. I even got tiny white balls on the root area, where they grow out. I used it every three or four days for a tiny bit longer, in hopes of at least returning to the normal lashes I had. Then I stopped, after nothing was changing and I got scared they wouldn't grow back at all. I have not used it or worn any mascara for a month and I am trying to nurse them back to health. My lashes have not even grown to the normal length or thickness they had formerly been. How long whould it take? I actually had beautiful lashes before this and even received compliments on my natural lashes...before using this product. Now, my eye lashes are so thin. In some places, you can't even tell I have any. I am sick to my stomach and feel like I was tricked. Will my normal lashes ever return? Does anyonw know? This looks bad! Please email me at regencymgmt at gmail...if you have any idea that my natural lashes will ever return. I am saddened beyond belief that I used this product in fun, hoping to gain incredible lashes, for a special event...then to be left with stubbs and thinner than ever lashes, that don't even resemble what I had before. Please let me know if there is something I can do...anything to regain my normal, natural lashes. I will never try to improve them again and I will thank God for them daily. Does anyone have any advice. Please don't use Latisse and risk the side effects. It's not worth the temporary results, to suffer the possibility of perminent loss! At this point, my eyes and lashes look far worse than the short few weeks they loooked amazing...SO NOT WORTH IT!!!!! Tha

  • anonymous
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    I have been using Latisse for 3 weeks and noticed red eye irritation. Doctor told me to stop using the product. I was aware of the side effects but after using it for 3 weeks, I thought I was safe! Not 100% sure that this could be from Latisse. When my eyes clear up, I will try to use it again to see if I get the irritation! I was really looking forward to the end result and hopefully I can continue using it!

  • Jan
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    I have been using latisse for a year and a half now. Alhough my lashes did grow back beautifully (after they can out from wearing extentions for 3 years stright).I now noticed that I too have dark red circles around my eyes,that make me look years older and very tired.For months I couldn't figure out what the cause was, until I stopped using it for a week and noticed the reddness had eased up a little. I'm affraid if I stop using it my lashess will fall out so now I'm only using it twice a week.

  • Christy
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    I tried Latisse and did grow more lashes. However I also got dark circles under my eyes. Something I never had before. So I stopped using Latisse. Now several months later I still have circles just not as dark. I would tell people to be very careful. I am very unhappy about this.

  • J L
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    I used Latisse for about five weeks but noticed that, among other minor side effects (itchy and dry eyes), dark circles began to appear under my eyes. I stopped it about a month ago and the circles have lessened. I also noticed a few rogue hairs growing out of the inner corners of my eyes. Although there are some who feel the dark circles are worthy offset to have longer lashes, I'd prefer the normal colored skin since I don't always like wearing concealer.

  • loving my eyelashes
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    Karen, check iOffer, and eBay...there is a listing on ioffer for generic Latisse(bimatoprost ophthalmic solution for $28.00 and free shipping.

  • Loving my eyelashes
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    I have started about 7 weeks ago using Careprost, which is the generic form of Latisse. I am 57 years old and after menopause my eyelashes became fine and sparse. I am noticing an amazing difference ! Just seven weeks into the nightly regime, and my lashes are darker, longer and somewhat fuller. I can't wait to see how they look after the full 16 weeks. In fact, I am so excited about this product that I have purchased some extra and are selling "coupons" for it on a popular online auction website:) They have stringent listing rules! I have had no side effects and have only great things to say about this miracle beauty discovery.

  • karen esquirell
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    I would love to try Latisse but dont know where to go for a prescription. I dont have an eye dr. since I dont have any eye issues so I called my family dr. and they said they never really heard of Latisse. How could that be I thought. They called me back the next day and said I should call a dermatologist. I called my dermatologist and they also said they dont know about the product and they will ask the dr and call me back. Needless to say, I am still waiting for a call back. Why have I heard all about the product and none of these drs know anything about it?? So, does anyone have any suggestions? thanks, karen

  • sad in idaho
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    I started using this product about 18 weeks ago. At first I was jazzed as my lashes lengthened and darkened almost right away. They grew in unevenly at first but eventually filled in. I have noticed in the last 3-4 weeks that my lashes are now thinning and falling out. I have cut back my application to 4-5 times per week as I was not wanting to cut back to 2-3 times since they are so thin. I have an appt to see my doctor this week and will follow up.

  • anonymous
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    I purchase Latisse on June 9th and by August I had no eyelashes and this has totally devastated my life. Before i purchased this product I read everything i could possibly read but there were no warnings on your eyelashes coming out.I called Allergen and the person I spoke to said he had heard of this before if he had hear of this why didnt a warning come out that this ws a possibility of something like this happening? I went to the dermetoligist where I purchased this product and he took pictures but could tell me if they would ever grow back or not. I went to my eyedoctor and he said he had heard of this but hadnt seen any patients this had happen to untill he saw me today. I am considering filing a lawsuit over this because this has totally ruined my life.

  • Patsy
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    I am 58. Same as the other women my age, menopause had turned my eyelashes into thin, sparse, stubs of lashes. Have been using it for one month now. Slight darkening along edge of eyelid but that is covered by eyeliner/shadow. My eyes are my best facial feature and I always received compliments about my "beautiful eyes" - at least when I was younger. The compliments quit coming when my lashes got so skimpy. After one month, my lashes are longer and a little thicker and I am again receiving compliments about my "eyes".

  • Nicole
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    I purchased my Latisse from a plastic surgeons office in Columbus, and I was made aware of all the risks. I have had great results with the product!

  • laura
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    Before the product was available to the public. The allergin rep brought some in to our office. I am a nurse and started using it. It does exactly what it says. I have found that if you put the product on the very end of the brush, you don't waste it. When I am done with my lashes I put the remaining on my eyebrows. They have also thickened up. This product is great. I barely put on any mascara in the morning. Love It!

  • Amber
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    I use latisse and it works. This drug has been around for years. My brother has glaucoma, an eye disease that attacks peripheral vision. He takes Lumigan drops, just drops them right in, and his lashes are beyond belief At this point! Lash growth is a side effect and that is why they made it into a lash treatment. Things this good are not usually planned! There are no hArmful effects to worry about and allergan is marketing an old drug in a new way with much success and good for them. You are no more at risk here than you Are with a bottleof Visine. Personally I think the apicator tips waste the product- but I'll be back for more!

  • cheryl
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    I find that using a Q-tip, a clean new one for each eyelid,precisely captures and releases the eye drop much better than the applicator brush, which the drop seems to get lost or absorbed by. It also stays wetter longer, so you can swipe your eyebrows if you want. I love this product.

  • Iris In Missouri
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    Lumigan is same as Latisse but cheaper! My primary MD (Internal Medicine)prescribed, after I had used trial bottle given to me by my dtr, an attorney(specialty:Products Liability!) I am 69 and had few and short lashes-Even worse,many years ago I had plucked and shaved my eyebrows til they were virtually gone. I started 6 mos ago.For about 3 weeks I had irritated eyes and that red-eye look.That disappeared and have had no problems since,I use eyeliner brush. CAVEAT: I learned the hard way! It IS true that it will grow hair elsewhere (witness the brow resurgence).If you are sloppy and consistently drop it or in case of brows,"paint" in too-wide strokes, hair WILL grow there.Stop that!My eyelids close to lash line have darkened slightly.I like the effect and do not at all try to cover it. To have the compliments from my hairstliI love thsi stuff and will never stop.Have bought stock in company and in examining info find that it will eventually be marketed to men as hair-regrow

  • Michelle
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    I have been using Latisse since it first came out and I LOVE IT!!! People constantly ask me if I have extensions or false lashes on. I think the FDA is making a big tado about nothing. All the information was clear to me with all possible side effects. Now I see it as late breaking news that full disclosure was not given to people. I think that is simply not true. I was clear on all "possible" side effects and the only thing I have experienced was a little darker pigment on the eye lid. This is always covered by make-up so I do not see a problem there. I can not recommend this product enough! I think Allergan has done a great job with all the information put out there! I know a lot of people who are now using this product and none have experienced iris change. GO get it girls you won't be dissapointed!!

  • justwondering
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    Lumigan eye drops are exactly the same formula? can anyone actually verify this? WOuld be a great find if true, but hard to believe since Latisse is a prescription....

  • anonymous
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    Latisse is a great product! If you follow the instructions, you should not have any problems.

  • athena
    Posted on

    wonderful product - no side effects and since I have very dark brown eyes, am not concerned over potential for iris darkening. I even use it a bit "off product"- on light and thin eyebrows - Wonderful results there that negate the need for eyebrow makeup of any kind! The Government should really stop over regulating everything!!

  • nazani14
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    I lost most of my lashes after a strange infection (there's all sorts of crap in the windblown sands of Iraq), and this has been a big help to me. I may never have "lush" lashes, but the bald eyelid look was pretty scary. I already have dark eyes, so the pigmentation thing is not an issue. I think you just have to be careful with the application. I also washed my eyelids morning and evening with baby shampoo, and always washed my hands before getting them near my eyes.

  • gourmetbadgirl
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    After much research and a suggestion from another user, I purchased Lumigan eye drops which are the exact same formula as Latisse, from a pharmacy on the web that I have been using for years; so I know it is reliable. I got three bottles for the price of one bottle of Latisse, plus I didn't need to go to a Doc to purchase. I use a eyeliner brush that I got from a beauty supply store to apply, rinse the brush and store it upright. I have been using it for 13 weeks now and have not had any problems. There is some reddish brown darkening of the eyelids, but is easily covered with my makeup. My eyes are almost black in color so I wasn't worried about that. I can now see my eyelashes without looking in the magnifying mirror, they are much darker, longer and fuller. They make me look younger, (I'm 51), and even without makeup I look better than I have in a long time. I also don't have to wear as much makeup as I have been doing, to look good. I never want to give it up. Thanks, Allergan.

  • anonymous
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    I just started using Latisse, After about 3 weeks, I have notised a differense. Has anyone had any blurry vision? I have blurry vision, but, I really like the product!!! I think they should make the applacater softer and shorter, also thinner. I find it very stiff. But, I will take one of the above comments, and cut it down. I also use the excess on my very light and thinning eye brows. We'll see it it works. I'm 58 and loving my eye lashes so far.

  • Kate
    Posted on

    I have used Revitalash successfully for over 2 years and had to trim the outer corners of my lashes! It is great, friends that tried Latisse later switched since Revitalash is cheaper and we have not experienced any side effects. I am sure anyone is at risk for side effects depending on how sensitive. Fortunately we have experienced amazing results and no challenges at all! I now purchase online at theskinspecialist website as they are quite helpful. Latisse sounded similar but more expensive.

  • Edwina
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    My Dermatologist recommended LATISSE. I am 74 and have blue eyes and a fair complexion. I have been using it for 4 months on both my eyelashes and my eyebrows.. My eyelashes have become noticibly thicker, longer, and darker. My eyebrows have not changed much, so I no longer use it on my brows. I followed my Dr.'s instructions regarding application- use the provided applicators, and always, always practice extreme cleanliness. Blot the excess. I also wear contacts. LATISSE has not interfered with their use. I have noticed a slight darkening on my lids, at the lashline, but it isn't offensive, and can be camouflaged with a small amount of concealer if I chose to do so. As for dry eye, I use the proper eye drops if needed. I have not experienced any excessive issues here or with redness. I would give LATISSE my vote.

  • Connie
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    I have been using Latisse for 5-6 months. LOVE IT! I am doing the maintenance of every other day. I also use it on my thin eye brows and have seen great results there as well, both darker and thicker. I have had a darkening of the eyelid and some redness but no darkening of my blue eyes. I was aware of the possible side effects before using the product.

  • anonymous
    Posted on

    I first purchased 7 mon ths ago. I just made my second purchase. I was very clear of potential side effects per the ads and literature on container. I had no problems some darkening of lid (which was temporary) and not an issue with by using a base eye shadow. I am in my late 50s. I am thoroughly pleased with lash growth (tremendous) and confident in product. I have recom to friends

  • anonymous
    Posted on

    I have been using Latisse for 4.5 months and I love it! The 1st week I experienced some itchiness and redness but that was gone by week 2. My lashes r amazing & quite long, really into my eyebrows. I dye them & no longer need mascara except 4 going out @ night. No problems w/ contact lenses. After I got the length & fullness I wanted I went on maintenance. Applying only 1 or 2x per wk. This works very well. Have not experienced any thinning. I use an eyeliner brush 2 apply & this saves product. I am very careful 2 keep things clean. As a contact lens wearer for 35 years I know how important hygeine is & what I can get away with. My eyes r a gray-aqua color and irises have not darkened. There is a tiny area on 1 lid that seems 2 have darkened slightly, but, I'm getting age spots in a few places on my face and who's 2 say what is causing this tiny 1 near my lashline (which is covered w/ eyeshadow anyway). I'm not naive, it's probably Latisse, but w/ results like

  • Donna
    Posted on

    BACTERIAL RISK IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM My first bottle of Latissue proved to grow my lashes full and long, I was pleased with the results. I did experience slight itching and noticed darkening skin color above the lash line. My second bottle of Latisse PROBLEMS STARTED. I developed a bacterial infection,inflamed red and puffy lids. I stopped using the product until the eye problem cleared. Since I wasn't fully convinced it was Latisse causing the problem (mainly because my first bottle did not cause this problem), I tried it again. And AGAIN I eperienced the bacterial inflamation along with white pustules...so I no longer use Latisee. While I loved the longer, fuller lashes............the bacterial inflamation is NOT WORTH THE RISK.

  • Dakotah
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    I have been using Latisse for over 5 months, Love it!!! Question, I was told after about 3 months (per my doc) you can use every other day, as a maintenance, has anyone done this??? I am afraid to since it is not mentioned anywhere. I do miss a day now and then. And good tip about the brush (it is too fat) someone also suggested getting the small sponge type applicators. Has anyone done anything like that??

  • Suzanne
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    I too was afraid of the color change of the iris. I have deep green eyes and have been using the product for 3 months. My eyelashes are amazing! Since I work in a MedSpa, my clients are constantly asking me about them. I have been having Latisse fly off of our shelves! From what I understand the clients are supposed to use Latisse for a full 16 weeks before they switch over to maintenance so they experience the full effect of the product. I have tried several other products on the market and by far this is the best one on the market to date!

  • holly
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    I am 26 and have been using latisse for almost 6 months. A friend, who also uses latisse gave it to me as a gift (she got it from her doctor). i dont use a fresh applicator every time and i only use it about 1-2x a week now. i have had no problems and ABSOLUTLY LOVE the results. its amazing. i have people comment all the time on how long they are. My eye lids did darken a little but dosent bother me

  • Linda
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    I have been using Latisse for 8 months and it is WONDERFUL! It is the only product I have ever used that actually delivers EXACTLY what it promises; longer fuller lashes!!!! I love it, I will not give it up. My eyes are a little itchy in the morning before I wash my face. Just a simple splash or 2 solves the problem. No discoloration, no pigmentation. AWESOME!!!

  • anonymous
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    I have been using Latisse for about 9 months and use my own thin eye-liner applicator (from Revitalash) brush to save product. I have seen fabulous results and after 4 months have reduced usage to about 3 applications per week. I have blue eyes and have seen no change in iris color. I don't even use a full drop for both eyes and I try not to get it in my eyes. My lashes are almost double in length! Love it!

  • Sue Wakeman
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    I am on my third bottle of Latisse and I love the effect. My plastic surgeon's rep explained the useage, etc.

  • Question for you:
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    Has anyone experienced darkening of green/hazel eyes?? This is my BIGGEST concern with the product because it is said to be irreversible...

  • Sarah
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    I am 28 years old and have been using Latisse for 4 months. My eyelashes are so long now people ask me whether I have extensions. It's amazing and looks fantastic in pictures! I have light blue eyes, so I was concerned about any pigment change. I was told there has never been a single known case of pigment change in the eye with this product, though there has been in the original glaucoma medication this was derived from (which patients dropped directly into their eyes). But I was also told that for light eyes especially, there should be no concern at all since blue eyes lack pigment altogether. I have noticed darker eyelids and an even darker pigment change along my lash line- a reddish brown color. but I put eyeliner and eyeshadow on anyway so it's not a big deal. Plus I was told the eyelid darking is only temporary while using the product. Also during the first 2 weeks, my eyelids were a bit irritated, but that went away. Overall, it's an amazing product!

  • Kimberly
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    I have been using Latisse since it came on the market and I have had itchy eyes one or two times. The product works great I only use it one or two times per week the bottle lasts me for six months. I have also used other lash growth products this one works the best. I will keep using it.

  • anonymously
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    I love this product! I do notice dryness & slight itchiness on my eyelid. But not enough to give it up. I also still have blue eyes - no change in color. I do hope that the price eventually comes down. I saw that someone commmented that you can use just once a week for maintenance. DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THIS IS TRUE?

  • Anonymously
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    I used it and it worked beautifully. My eyelashes are longer and they look amazing when I put mascara on them. As to side effects, I have experienced just the darkening of the area close to the eyelashes, but when you put make up on, you put your concealer first and the darkening is not noticeable. I am a very allergic person and experienced no allergy reactions. I felt it was completely safe... oh well..., but I will keep reading about side effects, just in case, because I am ready to continue the usage, once a week to maintain my beautiful eyelashes. It is so much fun to put mascara and eye liner now.

  • Marilynn
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    I have been using Latisse since April - 5 months. I have had no problems. I have always had long lashes but at 56 years old I was losing fullness. Strangers remark on my lashes EVERY day. My 22 year old daughter said they are almost freakishly long but I love them. Hardly need a flick of mascara and they have gotten thicker and darker. I love this product and I will always save up to buy it somehow. I am addiicted. The brushes that come with this product need to be thinner, so I cut them down to almost the size of a fine eyeliner brush and it doesn't absorb so badly into the brush.

  • Vickie
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    I have been using Latisse for about 3 months. I researched the product on the internet, weighed the possible side effects against the possible results and decided to try it. I am thrilled with the results and have not noticed any side effects to date. I will contine to use the product.

  • anonymous
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    My eye lid became red and I experienced ichy eyes. Stop using it after a couple of days. Would these side affects have subsided.

  • anonymous
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    I do notice some darker pigment on my eyelid but so what because are we not using shadow/liner/etc? the product really does grow longer lashes.

  • Janie
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    I have used Latisse since March. Being in my late 50's, I had very short and thin lashes that soared in growth within about 8 weeks of usage. As a nurse, am very aware of adverse drug effects, and have experienced some dry eyes, however, I simply use eye moisturizing drops to offset this effect. I am so elated with the results that I will continue the applications. My eyelashes are so long that people have asked me if I have lash extensions!

  • Amy
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    Anyone using Latisse should be properly advised of all risks prior to their doctor writing the prescription for the product. I started using Latisse approximately three months ago and agree, the results are remarkable. The only downfalls I have personally experienced are extremely dry eye with irritation (my eyes look blood shot) and the inability to put in my contacts in the morning (when in doubt, wear a pair of trendy glasses). Despite the minor side effects which only last a small amount of time, I would still recommend this product to any friends or colleagues who complain about their lashes not being "up to par" and do not want to go the route of having to deal with fake extended lashes. Just my thoughts but hope this helps anyone who is on the fence on whether or not they should use this product!

  • Kristin
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    I bought Latisse after a visit to my plastic surgeons office. Some of the staff was using it as was the doctors wife and I noticed the difference right away, if they aren't concerned or worried about the potential risks, then neither am I. I've tried similar products in the past and Latisse is by far the best!

  • Samantha
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    I have been using Latisse for almost 3 months and the results have been AMAZING! My doctor explained the risks, so I am very careful when applying and I do not re-use the applicator. this is one of the greatest inventions ever! I do wonder what will happen if I stop using it though...

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