Amongst the various medications that we use to treat glaucoma, a class of drugs called prostaglandin analogs are used specifically for their side effects.  Latisse (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) is a prostaglandin analog available by prescription to grow longer, thicker, darker and more eye lashes.  This FDA approved treatment is brushed on to the base of the upper eye lashes with an applicator.

Allergan, the company that makes Latisse, is currently undergoing clinical trials to see if the same benefits will help with male and female pattern baldness.  They are looking to see if the same benefits of hair growth will work on the scalp hair follicles as they do on eyelash follicles.  Theoretically it should work as both follicles are quite similar.  They currently have 220 men and 172 woman with pattern baldness in their Phase II clinical trials to see if a solution of bimatoprost will stimulate hair growth.

Keep your eyes open for future posts regarding glaucoma drops and hair loss as results are published from this and other studies.

( NBC / Associated Press )

( NBC / Associated Press )

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