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Alphagan Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Alphagan eye drops contain the active ingredient brimonidine, which is a type of medicine known as an alpha agonist.

The pressure within the eyeball is naturally maintained by a continuous flow of liquid known as aqueous humour through the eyeball. Aqueous humour is produced by a part of the eye known as ciliary body.

Alphagan Dosage

  • The usual starting dose is 1 drop in the affected eye(s) 3 times daily.

Uses of Alphagan

  • It is used to reduce the production of fluid inside the eye.
  • Alphagan is used to treat open-angle glaucoma or ocular (eye) hypertension (high pressure).

Side Effects of Alphagan

Before taken Alphagan medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor. If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Alphagan. Side effects may include:

  • Abnormal vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness
  • Eye pain or irritation
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Inflamed or swollen eyelids
  • Itchy eyes
  • Loss of tissue or staining of the cornea
  • Muscle pain

Warnings and precautions before taking Alphagan:

  • After taken this medicine, then you may feel dizzy, or drowsiness. So you should not participate in any activities that require alertness such as driving and operate machinery.
  • This medicine may cause Blurred vision. So you should be used this medicine with extra caution.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Alphagan with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Alphagan with the following:

  • Barbiturates such as phenobarbital and Seconal
  • Other sleep medications such as Ambien and Sonata
  • Narcotic painkillers such as Darvon, Percodan, and Vicodin
  • Drugs classified as beta blockers
  • Other high blood pressure drugs
  • Heart drugs such as Isordil, Lanoxin, and Nitro-Dur
  • Tricyclic antidepressant drugs such as Sinequan, Surmontil, and Vivactil
Overdose

Symptoms of a Alphagan overdose is unlikely to occur. But after taken Alphagan if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect.


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