Eyelash growth drug

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34 Responses to “Eyelash growth drug”

  1. RationalPragmatist says:

    See, all you naysayers? Science will resolve all of our problems (with priority given to pointless, and possibly dangerous, “cures” for superficial issues). So, just sit back, relax, and enjoy progress. All hail Science!

  2. foxtails says:

    My eyelashes have always been significantly longer than normal. Maybe I should submit a sample of my DNA for testing to aid in the development of a designer gene therapy, and charge royalties.

  3. zuzu says:

    All the recent cool-yet-legal lifestyle drugs are accidental side-effects that marketing departments live for.

    * Minoxidil was originally developed a vasodilator medication for high blood pressure.
    * Sildenafil was originally developed as a medication for hypertension and angina.
    * Finasteride was originally developed as a medication for enlarged prostate.
    * Bremelanotide (PT-141) originates with synthetic hormone for tanning without UV exposure.

    Sometimes this gets a little silly (as marketing departments are wont to do), such as with Restless Leg Syndrome.

    (Also, notice the seemingly male-slanted FDA approval of lifestyle drugs.)

    Now, imagine if drug companies had the will (and legal latitude) to pursue development of recreational drugs directly.

  4. Antinous says:

    If it works on eyebrows, I’m in.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I have glaucoma, and while this stuff did thicken and lengthen my lashes, it also made some of them curl backwards, which meant they poked me in the eyeball, and the skin around my eyes was noticeably darker. I had to switch to a different medication.

    I couldn’t figure out from the article how this drug is administered. As a glaucoma medication it comes as an eye drop, but I wonder if this will be a cream or something.

  6. Takuan says:

    hmm, ever seen a ingrown nostril hair sprout on the outside? I’d be cautious with this.

  7. arkizzle says:

    If they don’t even know whether this drug makes your hair and eyebrows grow too, how has it gotten through FDA approval? I thought they held new medicines for years, doing all the tests under the sun..

  8. arkizzle says:

    Now, imagine if drug companies had the will (and legal latitude) to pursue development of recreational drugs directly.

    Oh. My. God.

  9. AirPillo says:

    Zuzu:

    but doesn’t laser hair removal require multiple treatments over a period of time to remove large patches?

    … and doesn’t it leave sensitive burns?

    Considering the time investment and the expense, I bet a lot of people would prefer a pill.

  10. Pauliebaby says:

    I think I’ll go droog and just use the stuff on one eye.

  11. Tenn says:

    If I’d lost my eyelashes when my eyebrows and bangs singed off, I’d definitely be in the market.

    But as I didn’t, I can’t find any reason which would ever compel me to purchase such a thing at such a price (and I’m talking about ingrown eyelashes here more than money.)

  12. arkizzle says:

    Paulie: WIN!

  13. claud9999 says:

    #30: organic soylent green, made from the best folks on earth.

  14. Anonymous says:

    RE: Myostatin — Heart attack city. The problem I’ve read about with this is that the heart, itself being a muscle, will also increase in size, which is the quickest route to an aortic aneurysm, especially if your combining your iron pumping with even moderate cardio — which you should be. Not too cool.

  15. yrogerg says:

    So, all the lifestyle drug snark aside, isn’t this actually great news for sufferers of alopecia?

    I mean, I work at a cancer hospital, so I’m perfectly aware that alopecia is one of the most distressing side-effects of chemotherapy, and I’m pretty sure that this drug has the potential to be a godsend for people struggling to cope with or recover from total hair loss due to their cancer treatment.

    Of course, treatment for prostate cancer almost invariably causes ED, so one could (and many *do*) make the same argument for Viagra. Still, it doesn’t change the fact that people seem to jump to snark at “lifestyle” drugs awful quickly, when there are real people suffering from *very* real conditions that certainly warrant treatment.

  16. akb says:

    I’ll stick to mascara.

  17. Jerril says:

    @25: I’m not sure if this would conquer alopecia, at least while the patient is still on radiation or chemo therapy. If your hair follicles are being killed off, they’ll never get a chance to grow long and lush (or ingrow, small benefit there).

    It could be a potential boon to help the patient recover quicker, but considering that (usually) the patients hair starts regrowing on their own, I’m not sure the 2-4 month start-up time is going to be helpful. How much would the p/t’s hair already have recovered in that time, and if started immediately after the cessation of therapy, how responsive is their hair going to be anyways?

    Which is unfortunate, I’ve watched both my parents go through acute chemo and radiation therapy, and I’m basically looking at a guarenteed future of cancer somewhen in the next 30 years. I’m going to be totally disturbed every time I pass a mirror, and see a total stranger staring back at me. Hopefully before I have to do the rounds, they’ll have improved the treatments so it doesn’t happen in the first place, rather than having to dump even MORE chemicals in my body while it’s struggling to get over the first invasion.

  18. harkinna says:

    My grandmother (with glaucoma) uses this stuff every day…it does increase eyelash length…but also increases the number of ingrown eyelashes. Talk about NO fun…The eye dr. has to pull them out of her eye at least once a month.

  19. Daemon says:

    So, wait a minute… does this mean that the treatment of glaucoma is now a side-effect?

    #4 – No, they just test them to make sure they don’t kill more people than the rules permit. I mean, hell, they allow acne medication that lists suicide as a side effect…

  20. nanite2000 says:

    I look forward to the day when our desires for longer eyelashes are finally realised! I have a vision of the future where all women have a clearance zone of at least 4 metres in front of them so they can blink without their eyelashes engulfing some poor unsuspecting soul…

  21. devophill says:

    I know something else that’s a good treatment for glaucoma…

  22. yrogerg says:

    I honestly don’t have an answer for the question of whether it’s necessarily “worth it” for chemotherapy-induced alopecia, honestly, it was just that alopecia was where my thoughts first went when I read the article. It *is* true, however, that there are other causes of alopecia out there, and I wouldn’t be terribly surprised if this drug *could* be effective for some. I was mainly trying to make a point about peoples’ assumptions and lifestyle drugs, though.

    As far as your family history, youch. That’s got to be really tough. The doctor I work most closely with is a geneticist with the gyn service, so he sees a lot of screening patients and patients who have gotten prophylactic surgery. The certainty, or near-certainty, of cancer must be really tough to live with; I can’t imagine what it’s like for some of the younger women to come through our service, who are basically told that they need to have children by the time they’re 30, or not at all.

  23. Anonymous says:

    I am very happy with LashMantra. It is an organic lash growth serum and not a drug so I am not worried about its side effects.

  24. Glossolalia Black says:

    Takuan: YES! It happened to my ex-boyfriend. Freakish!

  25. Antinous says:

    At least interferon can cause spontaneous orgasm as well as freaky eyelash growth.

  26. ian_b says:

    @#1: “Also, notice the seemingly male-slanted FDA approval of lifestyle drugs.”

    No, I didn’t notice. Is there a list somewhere that supports this? The one you gave is a pretty small sample, where 2 are for men. I would say eyelash drugs appeal to women, so that’s only 1 less than men. Are you seriously suggesting the FDA is sexist?

  27. Anonymous says:

    I wonder if it works on pubic hair… side effect? lols

  28. Anonymous says:

    “If they don’t even know whether this drug makes your hair and eyebrows grow too, how has it gotten through FDA approval? I thought they held new medicines for years, doing all the tests under the sun..”

    Patent laws…
    If someone develops a drug, then later develops another use for said drug, they can maintain patents on the original drug.
    So it’s in the best interest of whatever drug company to actually NOT investigate uses of drugs. They’ll “discover” them later when the patents are about to expire.

  29. angryhippo says:

    #22: For those looking to have their Soylent Green “all-natural”, no plastic surgery, drug-free?

  30. claud9999 says:

    Brought to you by the company that brings you Botox (seriously!)

    Ugh. I had a fantasy this morning about having a certification program for folks who are “all-natural”, no plastic surgery, drug-free, etc. Ah, pure fantasy…

  31. AirPillo says:

    How about a drug that’ll make all the hair below your neck fall out?

    That’d sell like hotcakes… unless it made the hair above your neck fall out too. Patients would look like the movie version of Voldemort, sans the freaky nose.

  32. zuzu says:

    How about a drug that’ll make all the hair below your neck fall out?

    Laser hair removal already exists for that market. Sorta like how breast implant surgery significantly reduced the market for a possible breast enlargement drug. If there was a viable penis enlargement surgery, guys wouldn’t be duped by all those spamvertisements either.

    Myostatin blockers are an interesting drug / gene therapy in development for people desiring bigger muscles, though.

    So, wait a minute… does this mean that the treatment of glaucoma is now a side-effect?

    I know something else that’s a good treatment for glaucoma…

    Treatment of glaucoma is is now a side-effect of that something else. :p

  33. zuzu says:

    I’ll add that the really interesting field for drug development is biologics, such as insulin, EPO, HGH, MSH, and anything else derived from isomers and metabolites of hormones.

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