Alphagan (Brimonidine)

What is Alphagan?

An innovative composition of the medication is aimed at decrease of the fluid amount within the eyes, reducing pressure inside the eye. Generally, Alphagan is used to treat the symptoms of ocular hypertension and open-angle glaucoma. Additionally, the medication can be administered for other purposes, not listed in the safety guide. Contact your doctor to learn if the medication is safe for your health state and bothering issue.


Recommendations for Use

Take the medication in accordance with the doctor’s instructions and safety directions to maximize its effectiveness. Never use the drug in advanced or decreased doses, neither for a prolonged course. An average dose, sufficient for a positive effect is 1 drop Alphagan used 3 times daily. The treatment works best if used 8 hours apart, on a regular basis.

Wash your hands carefully before the medicine application. Follow the recommendations concerning the applicator use to avoid infections and other possible disorders. Tell your doctor if the drug intake has resulted in any complications or abnormalities.

Precautions and Contraindications

Do not start the medication intake unless you have consulted your doctor and made sure it is 100% safe for your overall health and accompanying conditions. Alphagan is not approved for patients, who are allergic to Brimonidine, other ingredients of the drug or similar pharmaceuticals. Despite the remedy is not expected to harm the health of an unborn and nursing child, it should not be administered by pregnant or breastfeeding women. Discuss the medicine use with your healthcare specialist for your own safety.

Alphagan can interfere with other health conditions, illnesses and disorders you have already had. It can worsen some of the conditions, increase the medicine effectiveness leading to overdose or trigger negative health consequences. That is why you need to provide the doctor with detailed information about all the accompanying or underlying problems, paying ultimate attention to allergy, congestive heart failure, depression, circulation disorders, coronary artery disease, low blood pressure, blood clots or stroke, glaucoma and others.

Drug Interactions

Taking Alphagan can add to your sleepiness and lead to certain breathing complications. Such symptoms may appear in case the medication is combined with other drugs. Never mix Alphagan with other prescription and OTC drugs, herbal supplements, minerals and vitamins without doctor’s permission. Striving to avoid undesirable reactions and health disorders, you need to inform your healthcare provider about the current therapies you have, paying due attention to narcotic pain killers, sleeping aids, seizure drugs, depression medications, anxiety remedies, blood pressure pills, MAOIs, antidepressants, Digitalis, Digoxin and others. The list is not full, so you need to mention all the medications you take.

Side Effects

Seek immediate medical assistance the moment you have noticed Alphagan-related complications. You need to stop the medicine intake and get emergency help if there are hives, swelling, breathing disorders or other symptoms of allergic reaction. Contact your doctor if devastating swelling, burning, discomfort or redness in the eyes has occurred. The most common adverse reactions possible after Alphagan use include mild burning or stinging, redness, eye irritation, mild itching, blurred vision, dry mouth, tiredness, drowsiness and others.