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Alphagan P is an eye drop solution prescribed to patients with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension. This medication is also known by it's generic name Brimonidine Tartrate as an opthalmic solution 0.1% and 0.15%. Alphagan P works to reduce production of eye fluid between the back of cornea and the front of the gel tissue filling the eye behind the lens.
To use Alphagan P take one drop in the effected eye(s) three times a day eight hours apart. In some cases glaucoma patients use more than one opthalmic solution to reduce pressure in the eye. If more solutions are required or prescribed, give at least five minutes before applying a different solution to the effected eye(s). Take care to avoid contaminating the solution. Make sure to wash your hands before use, and do not let the tip touch the eye or any surface.
Alphagan P can interact with some MAOI's (antidepressants) and a variety of conditions. If you suffer from depression, cerebral or coronary insufficiency, kindey or heart disease, Raynaud's phenomenon, orthostatic hypotension, thromboangiitis obliterans, or low blood pressure, speak with your doctor to know if this medication is right for you.
For missed doses take your drops as soon as you remember. If the missed dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, skip it to avoid double dosing and continue your regular schedule.
This medication could cause drowsiness, dizzy spells, or blurred vision. Take caution with operating heavy machinery or vehicles until the effect of the medication is know the patient.
Common side effects are:
eye discomfort/itching/redness/burning/stinging, feeling like something is in your eye
redness of the eye or eyelid
swollen or puffy eyes
sensitivity to light
dry nose or mouth
sleep problems (insomnia)
unusual or unpleasant taste in your mouth.
In most cases there are few to no side effects felt, however, speak with your doctor if any side effects become severe enough to prevent use of this medication.
Q: How do I know if I am allergic to Alphagan P?
A: If you are allergic to apraclonidine you should avoid Alphagan P. Speak with your doctor about any other allergies that may prevent you from using Alphagan P.
Q: Can I use this when pregnant or breast feeding?
A: Caution should be advised if choosing this medication during pregnancy or the breast feeding. The best course of action is to speak with your doctor to understand the risk's involved during pregnancy and breast feeding.
Q: How do I store and dispose of Alphagan P?
A: Alphagan P is stored in room temperature and should be kept way from animals and children. Do no flush this medication down the toilet, and speak with a pharmacist on ways to safely dispose of the medication.
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