What is brimonidine ophthalmic prescribed for?

What is brimonidine ophthalmic prescribed for?

What is brimonidine ophthalmic prescribed for?

Ophthalmic brimonidine is used to lower pressure in the eyes in patients who have glaucoma (high pressure in the eyes that may damage nerves and cause vision loss) and ocular hypertension (pressure in the eyes that is higher than normal but not high enough to cause vision loss).

How long is brimonidine used for?

Use this medication in the affected eye(s) every 6 to 8 hours as needed. Do not use more than 4 times a day. To apply eye drops, wash hands first. To avoid contamination, do not touch the dropper tip or let it touch your eye or any other surface.

How does brimonidine ophthalmic work?

Brimonidine reduces the body’s production of aqueous humor and increases the flow of aqueous humor out of the eye, resulting in a decrease in pressure. It accomplishes this by stimulating alpha type 2 receptors selectively in the eye with less effect on alpha type 2 receptors elsewhere in the body.

What is the brand name for brimonidine eye drops?

BRAND NAME(S): Alphagan P. USES: This medication is used to treat open-angle glaucoma or high fluid pressure in the eye.

Does brimonidine raise blood pressure?

Severe cardiovascular (heart) disease: Although brimonidine typically has little effect on blood pressure and heart rate, it may lower blood pressure and heart rate (pulse) if you have severe heart disease.

What are the ingredients in brimonidine?

Each mL of ALPHAGAN® contains the active ingredient brimonidine tartrate 0.2% (2 mg/mL) with the inactive ingredients benzalkonium chloride 0.005% (0.05 mg/mL) as a preservative; citric acid; polyvinyl alcohol; sodium chloride; sodium citrate; and purified water.

Does brimonidine lower blood pressure?

Blood pressure and heart rate decreased significantly in the brimonidine group compared with placebo.

What medications interact with brimonidine?

Some products that may interact with this drug include: beta-blockers (e.g., atenolol, metoprolol, timolol eye drops), digoxin, high blood pressure medications (e.g., clonidine, terazosin), tricyclic antidepressants (e.g., amitriptyline).