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Brimonidine +Timolol

Brimonidine +Timolol

Brimonidine

Brimonidine is available as an eye drop to treat glaucoma. The gel form is used to treat facial redness due to rosacea. Follow the instructions on how to properly use this medication.

How to use Brimonidine

This medication may come with a Patient Information Leaflet. Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using this product and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

To apply eye drops, wash your hands first. To avoid contamination, do not touch the dropper tip or let it touch your eye or any other surface.

The preservative in this product may be absorbed by contact lenses. If you wear contact lenses, remove them before using the eye drops. Wait at least 15 minutes after using this medication before putting in your contact lenses.

Tilt your head back, look up, and pull down the lower eyelid to make a pouch. Hold the dropper directly over your eye and place 1 drop in the pouch, usually 2 times daily (12 hours apart) or as directed by your doctor. Look down and gently close your eyes for 1 to 2 minutes. Place one finger at the corner of your eye (near the nose) and apply gentle pressure. This will prevent the medication from draining away from the eye. Try not to blink and do not rub your eye. Repeat these steps for your other eye if so directed.

Brimonidine Dosage

Use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully.

The dose your doctor recommends may be based on the following:

  • the condition being treated
  • how you respond to this medication

The recommended dose of brimonidine eye drops for lowering intraocular pressure is 1 drop in the affected eye(s) 3 times daily.

The recommended dose of brimonidine gel for redness associated with rosacea is a pea-sized amount of gel applied to each of the five areas of the face (forehead, chin, nose, and each cheek) once daily.

Precautions

Before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to brimonidine or timolol; or to apraclonidine; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: lung disease (e.g., current or past asthma, severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD), certain types of irregular heartbeats (sinus bradycardia, second- or third-degree AV block), certain types of heart disease (severe heart failure, cardiogenic shock).

Brimonidine Interactions

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you take:

medicines to lower blood pressure, including clonidine (Catapres), metoprolol (Toprol XL, Lopressor), carvedilol (Coreg), bisoprolol (Zebeta), betaxolol (Kerlone), nebivolol (Bystolic), propranolol (Inderal), and digoxin (Lanoxin)

barbiturates including phenobarbital, pentobarbital (Nembutal), and secobarbital (Seconal)

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