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The U.S Food and Drug Administration has approved the first prescription product for longer, thicker lashes. The eyelash-growing drug is made by Allergan Inc., best known for its wrinkle-smoothing hit Botox.

Named Latisse, this eyelash-thickening agent will hit the market by the end of March 2009 and is expected to top $500 million in annual sales.

The treatment is applied once a day to the base of the upper eyelash with a disposable applicator. A 30-day supply will cost $120. However, the results won’t be immediately visible. It may take up to three months for the benefits to show i.e. to develop thicker, longer and darker eyelashes.
This is not where the story ends. Once the treatment is stopped, the eyelashes return to their original state.

While some women are excited about the product, others are annoyed with the price as well as the fact that it is not a long-term solution.

Additionally, Latisse must be used with great care since it can cause hair growth on any skin it touches, and there’s no guarantee that both sets of lashes will grow the same way.

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sorry for my ignorance, but what possible medical condition would warrant a prescription for longer fuller eyelashes??? what a waste of time, money and resources that could have been spent on something useful. I hope all that use it get hair growing from all orifices of their body!! Then they'll need a prescription!
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What a mean-spirited thing to say that someone would have "hair growing from all orifices of their body"! Yes, you are ignorant, because there are definitely medical conditions (called alopecia- look it up before you embarrass yourself again next time) which cause women to lose their hair, including their eyelashes and eyebrows. You obviously have no compassion for these women, because they can look like chemotherapy patients without their eyelashes or eyebrows. Any product which can help these women is a blessing, and I don't think any of them would consider it a "wast of time, money and resources".
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Are there any studies on how this treatment might affect your eyes? I find it hard to believe that this treatment would not affect your eyesight because it is so close to the eye. There has got to be some contamination. This would be a serious question that should be included when these studies are published. Many women will unknowingly put their eyesight at risk by not checking into this. What do you think?
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F.Y.I. latisse is basically the prescription eye drops Lumigan used for the treatment of glaucoma. They both contain the same active ingredient and percentage. Lumigan was approved for use by the FDA before Lumigan and it just turns out that Lumigans active ingredient possessed eyelash growing ability. Although it is also quite expensive, it is actually cheaper to buy than Latisse. If it is an eye drop its most likely not going to harm your eyes or vision other than normal side effects such as darkening of irises. Other popular medications contain the same active ingredients but are used for different indications as well. For example, athe prescription med Revatio is used for pulmonary respiration purposes and it is chemically identical to the E.d. drug Viagra! Source: I work in a pharmacy.
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