There are some conditions that can cause eye lashes to shed faster than they can grow back. Some of these conditions might be temporary, such as stress or thyroid disorder that has not been treated. Or maybe you or someone you know just wants longer and thicker eyelashes. There is a prescription medication available at some compounding pharmacies called latanaprost which can increase the growth and thickness of eyelashes. Recent studies have shown that latanaprost also helps thicken head hair and may be a good option for those experiencing pattern hair loss. Since compounding pharmacies are still somewhat unknown in conventional medicine, the medications they offer are also unknown. The compounders who offer latanaprost usually supply it in 3ml-5ml applicators for around $60-$90. If applying to eye lashes 3.5ml lasts 3 months aprox. This is a much better price than the commercially available Latisse. You can fill out the pharmacy referral form on ExcelMale.com to receive a list of compounders who offer latanaprost. Most compounding pharmacies can provide an order form to make it easy to request a prescription from your doctor, don't hesitate to ask for assistance.
Here is some basic info regarding latanaprost
Latanaprost is a prescription medication which contains the active ingredient of the same name. Originally approved to treat glaucoma, it is also prescribed off-label to promote the growth of eyelashes. Similar to the active ingredient found in the popular eyelash medication Latisse, latanaprost is found to be more tolerable to the eye therefore reducing the chance of experiencing the side effects commonly associated with Latisse (bimatoprost). Latanoprost has recently been discovered to stimulate eyelash growth and is also used as treatment for alopecia of the eyelashes. Eyelash growth enhancers not only lengthen lashes, they make them thicker as well. Additional rows of hair grow and the color becomes darker. What once were vellus hairs now become terminal hairs. Vellus hair refers to the ones that are thin and barely noticeable; with prostaglandin analogs like latanoprost and bimatoprost, these become terminal, meaning, thicker and longer. Latanoprost stimulates resting hair (resting hair is in the phase called telogen) to re-enter the anagen or growth phase of hair. To give you a better understanding, there are actually 4 phases of hair growth; namely, anagen (3-6 years), catagen/transition phase (1-2 weeks), telogen (5-6 weeks) and return to anagen. Latanoprost works on the dermal papilla and boosts the return to anagen phase. Scientists have also observed that hair follicles become bigger and the growth phase is prolonged.
What are the Side Effects?
If latanaprost accidentally comes in contact with your eyeball, it may irritate and cause it to redden which medical professionals call conjunctival hyperemia. Your iris and nearby skin can get darker, too. The discoloration of nearby skin usually reverses when the medication is discontinued. Latanaprost can be compounded with additional ingredients which aid in reducing eye redness and irritation commonly associated with other eyelash medications.
For eyelash growth, latanaprost will be applied to the upper eyelid directly above the eyelashes. Be sure to review and follow the instructions provided by your doctor and pharmacy.
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