Brimonidine (Into the eye)
Antiglaucoma (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
Brimonidine ophthalmic (eye) drops is used alone or together with other medicines to treat increased pressure in the eye that is caused by open-angle glaucoma or a condition called hypertension of the eye (ocular hypertension). This medicine is an alpha-adrenergic agonist.
This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to use. Do not use more than directed.
Shake the eye drops well just before each use.
Lie down or tilt your head back. With your index finger, pull down the lower lid of your eye to form a pocket.
To use the eye drops: Hold the dropper close to your eye with the other hand. Drop the correct number of drops into the pocket made between your lower lid and eyeball. Gently close your eyes. Place your index finger over the inner corner of your eye for 1 minute. Do not rinse or wipe the dropper or allow it to touch anything, including your eye. Put the cap on the bottle right away. Keep the bottle upright when you are not using it.
If you think you did not get the drop of medicine into your eye properly, repeat the directions with a second drop.
If your doctor ordered two different eye drops to be used together, wait at least 5 minutes after you put the first medicine in your eye to use the second medicine. This will prevent the second medicine from “washing out” the first one.
The eye drops will normally be a clear liquid with a greenish-yellow color. If the color changes or the liquid becomes cloudy, do not use the medicine. Get a new bottle from the pharmacy.
If a dose is missed:
Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of the used medicine container and any leftover medicine after you have finished your treatment. You will also need to throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed.
Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Make sure your doctor knows if you are using digoxin (Lanoxin®) or medicine for blood pressure (such as hydrochlorothiazide [HCTZ], lisinopril, quinapril, Accupril®, Cozaar®, Diovan®, Lotrel®, Norvasc®, or Zestril®), Tell your doctor if you are using an MAO inhibitor for depression (such as isocarboxazid, phenelzine, selegiline, tranylcypromine, Eldepryl®, Marplan®, Nardil®, or Parnate®).
Do not drink alcohol while you are using this medicine.
Tell your doctor if you use anything else that makes you sleepy. Some examples are allergy medicine, narcotic pain medicine, and alcohol.
When Not To Use
You or your child should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to brimonidine. This medicine should not be used in children younger than 2 years of age.
Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you or your child have heart disease, orthostatic hypotension (low blood pressure when standing up), Raynaud phenomenon (blood vessel disorder), thromboangiitis obliterans (blood vessel disorder), depression, or have had a heart attack or stroke.
If itching, redness, swelling, or other signs of eye or eyelid irritation occur, stop using this medicine and check with your doctor. These symptoms may mean that you or your child are allergic to this medicine.
This medicine may make you or your child lightheaded, dizzy, or drowsy. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert.
If you hurt your eye, develop an eye infection, or need to have eye surgery, talk with your doctor right away. You may need to change your medicine or stop using it.
You or your child will need to have your eyes checked by an eye doctor on a regular basis while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Blurred vision or other changes in vision.
Burning, stinging, dry, or itching eyes.
Eye discharge or excessive tearing.
Fast, slow, or pounding heartbeat.
Redness in the white part of the eyes or inside of the eyelids.
Red, painful, or swollen eyelids.
Severe eye irritation or pain.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Feeling tired or drowsy.
Sensitivity of the eyes to light.
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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