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Latisse eyelash growth product gets FDA warning

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Reviewed by Marta September 20, 2009 32 Comments
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned Allergan, the makers of Botox, that the website for its eyelash growth product, Latisse, is misleading because it avoids or downplays risks associated with the product.

The FDA said that Latisse, a prescription only product, either doesn't mention potential side effects including bacterial eye infection, allergic reactions, excess hair growth outside the intended treatment area, and permanent changes in iris and eyelid pigmentation, or presents them in small text that is much less prominent than statements about the product's effectiveness. In some cases, pages on the Web site leaves out information that is included in Latisse packaging.

The FDA approved Latisse as an eyelash growth product last December.The active ingredient, bimatoprost, is a drug that is used for the treatment for glaucoma. Some users of rival over the counter eyelash growth products such as LiLash, which also use a glaucoma drug, have told Truth In Aging that they have suffered side effects such hair growing on their cheeks.

I just checked out the Latisse site and it seems to have responded rapidly to the FDA's complaints. There is a clearly positioned 'about safety' tab on the home page and the potential side effects, including permanent change of eye color, are set out in full.
  • March 11, 2016

    by Louise

    I used lilash and unfortunately got a major eye infection from it. It has been 5 months since I first got the infection, and I'm still having major issues, including being unable to wear my contact lenses. Be careful. I'd hate for someone else to have the same issues as I have had.

  • November 17, 2014

    by Cheryl

    For Nancy in this discussion. I have tried the younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes and I do like how they make my eyelashes fuller! But after they are on for awhile...I have black black eyes under my lower eyelashes! Not sure if it is because of my cream I use under my eyes or the oil is use before I moisturize! Hope other people have better luck then I do with those fiber lashes!

  • July 8, 2014

    by gloria

    For Brandy June 13,2013. Lite rings? I'm curious. Were you diagnosed with ocular migraines? I'm having a similar thing happening to me and my Dr assured me the Latisse has nothing to do with it. But now I'm wondering.

  • July 8, 2014

    by Nancy

    Why not try the newest ALL NATURAL mascara instead??? There are no chemicals, no animal testing, it's gluten free, vegan, hypoallergenic and produces the most awesome results!!! Only a year and a half old, Younique 3D Mascara is sweeping the country! The look of extensions without the expense and time. The fibers are green tea leaves!!! Seriously. You can go here and check out the ingredients. No need for any risky lash lengthening serums. Just use this mascara. Would be happy to send before and after shots and more info to you -- send email to

  • June 11, 2014


    I have been using this product for almost 2 years. The first year no problems no itching, redness or irritation but I believe it is like any other product excessive use can cause complications, of any product. By the second year I would notice if I applied at night after my shower by the next morning i would naturally wake up and rub my eyes well that lead to a red line where I applied the Latisse the night before. I, at that time spoke with my plastic surgeon would sold it to me over a year prior of starting this and he stated that it can happen in the eye, I told him it isn't in the eye the irritation but on the eye line above the lash he said that can happen, from there I did my own experiment because I am so happy with the results that I went to using every 3rd night and I must say that was the trick. I saw amazing results the first 3 months and from there it kind of seemed like maintenance because I had finally got the lashes I wanted, so by reducing the usage of application to twice a week my lashes are still full and beautiful without the excessive use of a product near my eye. I could not be happier. As for women who are finding that it is not for them I believe it is like any other product you can use on your body some people just have reactions just as they do to aspirin, hair color, bleaching, etc.

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