Alfadrops 0.5% Eye Drop

Cipla Ltd

Composition for Alfadrops 0.5% Eye Drop

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Primarily used for

5 ml in 1 packet

Medicine Overview of Alfadrops Eye Drop


Uses of Alfadrops Eye Drop

Alfadrops 0.5% Eye Drop is used in the treatment of glaucoma.

Side effects of Alfadrops Eye Drop


Headache, Eye itching, Dry mouth, Dermatitis, Conjunctival hyperemia , Conjunctival inflammation, Rhinitis, Altered taste, Nasal dryness.


How to use Alfadrops Eye Drop

This medicine is for external use only.Take it in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Check the label for directions before use. Hold the dropper close to the eye/ear without touching it. Gently squeeze the dropper and place the medicine inside the lower eyelid or ear. Wipe off extra liquid.

How Alfadrops Eye Drop works

Alfadrops 0.5% eye drop decreases the pressure in the eyeball by decreasing the formation of aqueous humor (clear watery fluid filling the space in front of an eyeball ).

In Depth Information on Alfadrops Eye Drop

Expert advice for Alfadrops Eye Drop

  • Episodes of sudden fainting (vasovagal attack) during laser eye surgeries should be monitored in patients with a history of such episodes.
  • You should be monitored for exaggerated reductions in fluid pressure inside the eye.
  • Apraclonidine should be used cautiously in patients with a history of chest pain (angina), severe coronary insufficiency (condition in which the heart is unable to pump blood sufficiently), recent heart attack (myocardial infarction), heart failure, diseases of blood circulation to the brain (cerebrovascular disease), long-term kidney failure (chronic renal failure), liver failure, disorders of blood vessels (Raynaud's disease or thromboangitis obliterans) or depression.
  • Frequent monitoring of heart rate and blood pressure is recommended in patients concomitantly receiving medications for heart problems (beta-blockers [eye drops or orally], antihypertensive, and cardiac glycosides [e.g. digitalis]) and patients undergoing eye surgeries.
  • Do not touch the tip of eye drop bottle to your fingers, eyes or surrounding areas to avoid contamination. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
  • Leave an interval of at least 5 min if you have to use another eye drop, after instilling apraclonidine eye drops.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Take precautions while driving or operating machinery as apraclonidine is known to cause dizziness and sleepiness (somnolence).
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Special precautions for Alfadrops 0.5% Eye Drop
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Alfadrops 0.5% Eye Drop may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.

Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.
Alfadrops 0.5% Eye Drop is probably safe to use during lactation. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent a significant risk to the baby.

To reduce the amount of Alfadrops 0.5% Eye Drop that reaches the breastmilk, place pressure over the corner of the eye for 1 minute or more, then remove the excess solution with an absorbent tissue.
Alfadrops 0.5% Eye Drop may make you feel dizzy, sleepy, tir
ed, or decrease alertness. If this happens, do not drive.
There is limited information available on the use of Alfadro
ps 0.5% Eye Drop in patients with kidney disease. Please consult your doctor.
There is limited information available on the use of Alfadro
ps 0.5% Eye Drop in patients with liver disease. Please consult your doctor.

Missed Dosageuses

If you miss a dose of Apraclonidine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

Patient Concerns

Frequently asked questions for Alfadrops 0.5% Eye Drop

Frequently asked questions for Apraclonidine

Q. What is apraclonidine ophthalmic solution?
Apraclonidine is used to control or prevent elevations in fluid pressure inside the eye (intraocular pressure) following laser eye surgery (anterior segment laser ophthalmic surgery)
Q. What is it used for?
It is also used as a short-term treatment to delay laser or surgical treatment for glaucoma (a condition characterized by increase in pressure inside the eye causing gradual loss of vision if left untreated) in patients not adequately controlled by similar medications. It is also useful in the diagnosis of Horner's syndrome
Q. How does apraclonidine work?
Apraclonidine belongs to a class of drugs called alpha agonists. The exact mechanism for its clinical effects is not clear, however, it is known to act on some naturally occurring substances in the eye muscles and reduce the formation of fluid (aqueous humor) in the eye, thereby lowering the intraocular pressure.

Substitutes for Alfadrops

No substitutes found for this medicine
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