What does Brimonidine treat?
Brimonidine is a medication that lowers intraocular pressure in patients suffering from open-angle glaucoma or high fluid pressure in the eyes. This is an alpha agonist. It works by allowing the fluid to drain better from the eye and also reduce the amount of fluid from the eye. This reduces the pressure.
Follow the Brimonidine dosage prescribed by your physician. The dosage could vary based on individual patient requirements. Always follow your physician’s instructions or go by the directions on the prescription drug label.
Missed a dose?
Take it immediately once you remember. In case, this time falls close to the next dosage, skip it and get back to the prescribed schedule. Never take a double dose unless your physician specifically directs you to do so.
Don’t waste any time and seek immediate medical attention.
Drug interactions must be considered before starting to take any kind of drug. Drug interactions might happen either when Brimonidine is taken along with another drug or with particular foods. To prevent any kind of negative interaction, make sure you inform your doctor of any drugs you are taking including non-prescription medication, OTCs, health supplements like vitamins, minerals, herbal medicine, drinks with caffeine and alcohol, illegal drugs, smoking habits and so on which may interfere or increase the effect of Brimonidine.
It may interact with:
It could also interact with monoamine oxidase inhibitors, muscle relaxants, narcotic pain relievers, antihistamines, high blood pressure medication, anti-anxiety medicines, antiseizure medication, tricyclic antidepressants, beta blockers and cold medications. This is not an exhaustive list though.
Appraise your doctor of any medical conditions that you are suffering from and your family history of medical ailments. It’s important that you do not stop or start taking any medicine without the consent of your physician.
Possible Side Effects
Brimonidine might have some side effects but it’s not possible to anticipate them. It does not have any major side effects and the minor ones that may occur are temporary. In rare cases, there might be major side effects and immediate medical attention must be sought.
Some of the side effects could be puffy eyes, dizziness, headache, blurred vision, burning, dry mouth, stinging, nausea, insomnia or itching of eyes. Serious side effects are rare but one may encounter eye pain, fainting, eye discharge, irregular heart rate, dizziness, breathing problems and severe swelling in or around your eyes. This is not the complete list though.
In case, there is a change in intensity of side effects or if any new side effects develop, make sure you consult your doctor.
What to ask your doctor before you start on Brimonidine
- Can I take Brimonidine along with other drugs?
- Are there certain foods, beverages and products to be avoided while on Brimonidine?
- What is the dosage of Brimonidine to be consumed?
- How should I use Brimonidine?
- How will Brimonidine work on my body?
- How can the drug interactions and side effects of Brimonidine be minimized or completely avoided?
The health and medical information that we have provided are meant to supplement and not substitute the advice of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professionals. This does not suggest that usage of Brimonidine is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always ensure that you take this or any other drug only after consulting your physician.