Drugs A - Z

Brinzolamide, Brimonidine Tartrate Ophthalmic drops, suspension

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

Generic Name:

What is this medicine?

BRIMONIDINE; BRINZOLAMIDE (bri MOE ni deen; bryn XOE la mide) is used 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
-an unusual or allergic reaction to brimonidine, brinzolamide, 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. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash hands before and after use. Shake well before using. Tilt your head back slightly and pull your lower eyelid down with your index finger to form a pouch. Try not to touch the tip of the dropper or tube to your eye, fingertips, or other surface. Squeeze the prescribed number of drops into the pouch. Close the eye gently to spread the drops. Do not use your medicine more often than directed. Finish the full course of medicine prescribed by your doctor or health care professional even if your condition is better. Do not stop using except on the advice of your doctor or health care professional.


Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 2 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.


Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

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
-aspirin and aspirin-like medicines
-certain medicines for blood pressure, heart disease, irregular heart beat
-certain medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
-MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
-medicines that cause drowsiness or tiredness

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Report any serious side effects right away. Stop using this medicine if your eyes get swollen, painful, or have a discharge, and see your doctor or health care professional as soon as you can.

If you wear contact lenses, take them out before using this medicine. Wait 15 minutes before putting them back into your eyes.

If you are using another eye medicine, wait at least 5 minutes in between using each medicine.

Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy, and drinking plenty of water may help. Contact your doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

-allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
-bleeding in your eye
-changes in vision
-fever
-infected, swollen eyes or eyelids
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):

-bitter taste
-burning, stinging, or discomfort immediately after using
-dry eyes
-headache
-increased flow of tears


Last Updated: April 26, 2013
Licensed from
The Healthline Site, its content, such as text, graphics, images, search results, HealthMaps, Trust Marks, and other material contained on the Healthline Site ("Content"), its services, and any information or material posted on the Healthline Site by third parties are provided for informational purposes only. None of the foregoing is a substitute for professional medical advice, examination, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on the Healthline Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Please read the Terms of Service for more information regarding use of the Healthline Site.
Advertisement