Alphagan P (brimonidine tartrate) is an ophthalmic solution indicated to reduce intraocular pressure (IOP). This medication is usually prescribed to adults and children 2 years of age and above, with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension.
This eye drops is an alpha-2 adrenergic receptor agonist that can lower the pressure inside the eye. It has two mechanisms of action – to reduce aqueous humor production and to increase uveoscleral outflow.
Read the medication or prescription guide thoroughly before starting this medication. Keep in mind the instructions provided. Do not increase or decrease your Alphagan dose unless advised by your doctor. Alphaganeyedrops are available in 1 mg/mL and 1.5 mg/mL solution.
Directions on using Alphagan P Eyedrops:
- Wash and dry your hands thoroughly to prevent contamination.
- Open the ophthalmic solution.
- Slightly lean your head back and gently pull down your lower eyelid.
- Hold the eye drops with the dropper right above your eye.
- Look up and squeeze out a single drop.
- Close your eyes for not less than 1 minute and tip your head down. Do not blink or squint.
- For about 1 minute, gently press the inner corner of the eye to prevent the medication from draining into the tear duct.
- Put the cap back and ensure that it is properly closed.
If you are prescribed with other eye medications, you may apply them 5 minutes after administering Alphagan P Eyedrops. Note that eye drops should be applied first before eye ointments to allow absorption.
Some of the common Alphagan P Eyedrops side effects you may experience are:
-eye discomfort (itchiness, redness, burning, stinging)
-redness of the eye or eyelid
-unusual taste in the mouth
Most people using this medication experience mild to no side effects. On the other hand, if these side effects get worse, you have to contact your physician or healthcare provider right away. Other severe adverse reactions to watch out for are fast or pounding heartbeat, persistent headache, eye pain or swelling, fainting, and vision changes.
Do not use Alphagan P Eyedrops if you have a known allergy to brimonidine, apraclonidine, or any inactive ingredients this medication may have. Signs that you are developing an allergy are severe dizziness, skin rash, hives, swelling of the face, and breathing difficulty. Seek emergency attention right away if you observe any of these reactions.
Talk to your doctor about any medical conditions you currently have or if you have a history of blood vessel diseases, blood circulation disorders, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, Raynaud’s disease, or depression. Some conditions and medications you are taking may affect how you respond to Alphagan P Eyedrops.
This eyedrops may cause dizziness, drowsiness, and blurred vision. Avoid alcohol and other substances that could aggravate these side effects. Be careful when doing activities that require alertness, such as the use of machinery and driving.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can children use Alphagan P Eyedrops?
Children may use this eyedrops but with caution as children are more sensitive to its side effects,
Should I remove my contact lenses before administering Alphagan P Eyedrops?
You have to remove your contact lenses before using this eye drops. You may put it on again after 15 minutes.
How long could I use Alphagan P Eyedrops after opening?
You may use it within 4 weeks after opening the bottle.
How should I store Alphagan P Eyedrops?
Store it in a cool (<25 degrees Celsius) and dry place. Place it in an area where children cannot reach it.
How much does Alphagan P Eyedrops cost?
You may check the prices of Alphagan P Eyedrops at the top portion of this page.