- Generic drugs are chemically identical to brand-name drugs in terms of active ingredient(s), intended use, quality, dosage, safety, bioavailability and effectiveness.
- Generic drugs are cheaper than brand-name drugs.
What is Generic for Alphagan* used for?
Alphagan* (Brimonidine) is prescribed to lower intraocular pressure in patients with open-angle glaucoma or high fluid pressure in the eyes. It reduces the amount of fluid produced by eyes, thereby decreasing the pressure inside the eyes. This eye drops is an alpha adrenergic receptor agonist that can lower the risk of blindness and nerve damage. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Generic for Alphagan*?
The dosage of Alphagan* prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
What if you miss a dose of Generic for Alphagan*?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to apply Alphagan* medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Generic for Alphagan*?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Alphagan*, seek medical attention immediately. However, overdose of this drug may not cause serious side effects.
What other drugs could interact with Generic for Alphagan*?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Alphagan*.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Alphagan*, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Alphagan* can interact with monoamine oxidase inhibitors, narcotic pain relievers, anti-anxiety medicines, antiseizure medicines, tricyclic antidepressants, anti-histamines, high blood pressure drugs, beta blockers, muscle relaxants, and cold medications.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Generic for Alphagan*?
Like other medicines, Alphagan* can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Alphagan* are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Alphagan* cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Alphagan* develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Alphagan* can cause side effects such as puffy eyes, headache, blurred vision, nausea, insomnia, and burning, stinging, or itching of eyes. Some of the serious side effects of this drug are eye pain, eye discharge, irregular heart rate, dizziness, and severe swelling in or around your eyes. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are using Alphagan*.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Generic for Alphagan*?
Is it possible for me to apply Alphagan* with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I apply Alphagan*?
What are the possible drug interactions of Alphagan*?
How will Alphagan* work in my body?
How should Alphagan* be applied?
How to reduce the risk of Alphagan* drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. Before using Alphagan*, inform your doctor if you are suffering from high blood pressure, kidney or liver disease, and heart disease. It is important to inform your doctor if you are pregnant or nursing your baby. If you are wearing contact lenses, then it should be removed prior to the application of the eye drops. Caution should be exercised when you engage in activities that require mental alertness.