Unknown / Multiple | Brimonidine (Medication)


Ophthalmic brimonidine is used to lower pressure in the eyes in patients who have glaucoma (high pressure in the eyes that may damage nerves and cause vision loss) and ocular hypertension (pressure in the eyes that is higher than normal but not high enough to cause vision loss). Brimonidine is in a class of drugs called alpha adrenergic agonists. Brimonidine works by decreasing the amount of fluid in the eyes. ...

Side Effect:

Stop using brimonidine and get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction:hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:slow or uneven heart rate; pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest; shallow breathing, feeling like you might pass out; severe swelling, redness, or discomfort in or around your eye; eye pain or increased watering; or numbness or tingly feeling in your hands or feet.

Less serious side effects may include:burning, stinging, or itching of your eyes; feeling like something is in your eye; blurred vision; redness of the eye or eyelid; mildly swollen or puffy eyes; sensitivity to light; nausea, upset stomach; headache, dizziness; muscle pain; tired feeling; sleep problems (insomnia); dry nose or mouth; or unusual or unpleasant taste in your mouth. ...


Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it or if you have any other allergies. Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of:blood vessel diseases (thromboangiitis obliterans), blood circulation disorders (cerebral or coronary insufficiency), depression, severe heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, Raynaud's disease, low blood pressure upon standing (orthostatic hypotension).

This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy or cause blurred vision. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness or clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Alcoholic beverages should be limited.

Caution is advised when using this medication in children because they may be more sensitive to its side effects, especially drowsiness. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Breast-feeding is not recommended while using this medication.