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Generic: brimonidine ophthalmic
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It is used to to treat open-angle glaucoma and high pressure in the eye.
               



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What is this medicine?

BRIMONIDINE (bri MOE ni deen) is used to to treat open- angle glaucoma and high pressure in the eye.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • Buerger's disease
  • closed- angle glaucoma
  • depression
  • eye infection or damage
  • heart disease
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • Raynaud's phenomenon
  • wear contact lenses
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to brimonidine, benzalkonium chloride, Purite preservative, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is only for use in the eye. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash hands before and after use. Tilt the head back slightly and pull down the lower lid with the index finger to form a pouch. Try not to touch the tip of the dropper to your eye or any other surface. Squeeze one drop into the pouch. Close the eye gently. Do not blink or rub your eyes. Apply pressure to the inside corner of your eye for a few minutes after placing the medicine to help it stay in your eye longer. Use your doses at regular intervals. Do not use your medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • alcohol
  • certain medicines for blood pressure, heart disease, irregular heart beat
  • medicines that cause drowsiness or tiredness
  • MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
  • tricyclic antidepressants like amitriptyline, clomipramine, and desipramine

               
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