|(bri MOE ni
Alpha2 Agonist, Ophthalmic; Ophthalmic Agent, Antiglaucoma|
|Reasons not to take this medicine|
- If you have an allergy to brimonidine or any other part of the
- If you are taking a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (phenelzine,
|What is this medicine used for?|
- This medicine is used to lower intraocular pressure in patients with
glaucoma or high pressure in the
|How does it work?|
- Brimonidine decreases intraocular pressure in patients with elevated
or normal pressures. The patient may not have glaucoma. Some surgical procedures
may increase the pressure in the eye. This medicine brings the pressure
|How is it best taken?|
- For the eye only.
- Shake well first.
- Take out soft contact lenses before using medicine. Lenses can be
replaced 15 minutes after medicine is given.
- After using medicine keep your eyes closed. Apply pressure to the
inside corner of the eye. Do this for 3-5 minutes. This keeps medicine in the
- Separate each eye medicine by 5 minutes. Give one and wait 5 minutes
before using the next.
- Do not touch the bottle tip to eye, lid, or other
|What do I do if I miss a dose?|
- Instill a missed dose as soon as possible.
- If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one. Return to
your regular schedule.
- Do not instill a double dose or extra
|What are the precautions when taking this
- Avoid alcohol (includes wine, beer, and liquor) and other medicines
and herbs that slow your actions and reactions. This includes sedatives,
tranquilizers, mood stabilizers, or pain medicine. Talk with healthcare
- Do not use these medicines with monoamine oxidase inhibitors. These
include isocarboxazid, phenelzine, and tranylcypromine. Separate use by 2 weeks.
- This medicine should be used for less than 1 month.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make
sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling
about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of
face, lips, tongue, throat; or any other symptoms involved.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting
- Tell healthcare provider if you are
|What are the common side effects of this
- Redness, itching, tearing, discomfort, and lid swelling.
- Dry mouth. Frequent mouth care, sucking hard candy, or chewing gum may
- Feeling tired or lightheaded. Avoid driving, doing other tasks or
activities that require you to be alert until you see how this medicine affects
|What should I monitor?|
- Check eye pressures regularly. Talk with healthcare provider.
- Check blood pressure and heart rate regularly if you have a history of
high blood pressure or other heart disease.
- Follow up with healthcare
|Reasons to call healthcare provider
- Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing;
tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits;
swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Low blood pressure or heart rate.
- Any rash.
|How should I store this medicine?|
- Store at room
- Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
- Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements,
vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider
(doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
- Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine,
including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs,
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