Brimonidine eye solution
What does brimonidine eye solution do?
BRIMONIDINE (Alphagan(R), Alphagan(R) P) helps to reduce pressure in the eye for patients with increased pressure or open-angle glaucoma. Generic brimonidine eye solution is not yet available.
What should my health care professional know before I use brimonidine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
• eye infection or damage
• wear contact lenses
• closed-angle glaucoma
• heart disease
• kidney disease
• liver disease
• an unusual or allergic reaction to brimonidine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
• pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?
Brimonidine eye solution is only for use in the eye. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash hands before and after use. Tilt the head back slightly and pull down the lower lid with the index finger to form a pouch. Try not to touch the tip of the dropper to your eye or any other surface. Squeeze one drop into the pouch. Close the eye gently; do not blink or rub your eyes. Apply pressure to the inside cornor of your eye for a few minutes after placing the medicine to help it stay in your eye longer. Use your doses at regular intervals. Do not use your medicine more often than directed.
Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.
What other medicines can interact with brimonidine?
• medicines that cause drowsiness or tiredness – brimonidine may increase these effects
• medicines for high blood pressure or other heart problems – brimonidine may have additional effects.
Tell your prescriber or other health care professional about all other medicines you are taking including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also, tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check before stopping or starting any of your medications.
What side effects may I notice from using brimonidine?
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
• inflamed or infected eyes or eyelids
• bleeding in your eye
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
• dry mouth
• blurred vision
• bitter taste in the mouth
• burning, stinging, or discomfort immediately after using the solution
• dry or itchy eyes
• sensitivity of the eyes to light