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    Information about Brimonidine

    Brimonidine uses

    Brimonidine is used in the treatment of glaucoma and ocular hypertension.

    How brimonidine works

    Brimonidine is a sympathomimetic. It works by decreasing the production of aqueous humour (fluid in the eye), thereby lowering the increased eye pressure.

    Common side effects of brimonidine

    Erythema, Foreign body sensation in eyes, Blurred vision, Dryness in mouth, Dermatitis, Burning sensation in eye, Ocular hyperemia, Skin burn, Stinging in the eyes, Flushing (sense of warmth in the face, ears, neck and trunk), Eye itching, Allergic reaction in eye
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    Written By
    Dr. Betina Chandolia
    MDS, BDS
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Shilpa Garcha
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    16 Oct 2019 | 01:30 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Brimonidine

    • Brimonidine helps lower high pressure in the eye and reduces the risk of vision loss.
    • For best results, put one drop 2-3 times daily in the affected eye(s).
    • Apply pressure on the corner of the eye (close to the nose) for about 1 minute, immediately after instilling the drop.
    • Remove contact lenses before using Brimonidine and allow at least 15 minutes before re-inserting them.
    • Do not touch the tip of the dropper to any surface, or to your eye, to avoid contaminating the eye drops.
    • Wait for at least 5-10 minutes before delivering the next medication in the same eye to avoid dilution.
    • It may cause short term blurring of vision when first used. Use caution before driving or using machines.
    • It may cause temporary burning or itching sensation in the eye. Inform your doctor if this does not go away.
    • Make sure to use within 4 weeks of opening the bottle.

    Frequently asked questions for Brimonidine


    Q. Is Brimonidine the same as Alphagan?

    Yes, Alphagan is a trade name of drug Brimonidine

    Q. Is Brimonidine or Brimonidine tartrate a beta blocker/steroid?

    Brimonidine or Brimonidine tartrate is a sympatomimetic drug and not a beta blocker/steroid

    Q. Does Brimonidine cause fatigue?

    Yes, feeling fatigue is a very common side effect of Brimonidine. Always consult your doctor if you experience such type of side effect

    Q. Why does Brimonidine cause miosis?

    Brimonidine causing this side effect is very rare. It may be because of overdose of other alpha2-agonists. Always consult your doctor if you experience such type of side effect

    Q. How does Brimonidine lower intraocular pressure (iop)?

    It reduces the intraocular pressure by reducing the amount of fluid in the eye.

    Content on this page was last updated on 16 October, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)