Compare Lumigan vs. Zioptan

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Lumigan (bimatoprost)

Prescription only

Zioptan (tafluprost)

Prescription only
Lowers eye pressure.

Lumigan (bimatoprost) is an effective first-line treatment for high eye pressure, but it might cause changes to your eyelashes and eye color.

Lowers eye pressure and controls glaucoma.

Zioptan (tafluprost) is often a first choice treatment for lowering eye pressure to prevent and treat glaucoma, but is preservative-free so it has special storage instructions.

Upsides
  • Good at lowering eye pressure to help with glaucoma or ocular hypertension.
  • You only have to take Lumigan (bimatoprost) once a day.
  • Available as a generic.
  • Easy to use, with single-use containers and one drop daily in the evening.
  • Can use with other eye drops, if needed for better results.
  • Zioptan (tafluprost) is the only medicine in its class without preservatives, which may be less irritating to the eye.
Downsides
  • Can permanently change the color of your eyes and eyelids.
  • Can darken and increase the length, thickness, and number of eyelashes.
  • Zioptan (tafluprost) can permanently change your eyes and eyelids to brown, even after you stop using it.
  • Zioptan (tafluprost) may darken and increase the length, thickness and number of eyelashes, irritating the eyes.
  • No generic available, so can be expensive.
  • Is preservative-free so it should only be used 30 days after opening.
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Dosage forms
  • Eye drops
  • Eye drops
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Side effects
14possible side effects
  • Red eyes
    31%
  • Swollen eyes
    3%
  • Bleeding on the eye
    3%
  • Eye irritation
    3%
  • Eye pain
    3%
  • Itchy eyes
    3%
  • Swollen red eyelids
    3%
  • Itchy eyelids
    3%
  • Eyelash growth
    3%
  • More eyelashes
    3%
  • Inflamed, sensitive eyes
    3%
  • Darker eyelids
    3%
  • Blurry vision
    3%
  • Worse vision
    3%
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4possible side effects
  • Heache
    6%
  • Common cold
    4%
  • Cough
    3%
  • Blurry vision
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Darker eye color and eyelids
    • Long-term use of Lumigan (bimatoprost)
  • Changes to eyelashes
    • Long-term use of Lumigan (bimatoprost)
  • Eye swelling and inflammation
  • Eye infection
    • Sharing eye drops with others
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  • Darkening of the eyes
    • Long term use
  • Darkening of lashes
    • Long term use
  • Darkening of contact lenses
    • (Re)inserting contact lenses too soon after applying Zioptan (tafluprost)
  • Eye injury/infection
    • Sharing eye drops with others
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