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Alphagan can be generically prescribed as brimonidine ophthalmic. It is usually prescribed to treat open angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension.A;phagan is designed to help fluid drain effectively from eye while averting more fluid from entering the eye, thus relieving high amounts of pressure within the eye.

Physicians should perform a thorough health examination with a complete health history before prescribing this medication. Patients with a history of kidney disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, liver disease, Raynaud’s disease, depression, dizziness, reduced blow flow in the neck or arteries, Buerger’s disease, or Winiwarter Buerger’s disease may not be able to tolerate this medication without careful monitoring, special dosing, and extra testing.

Alphagan has been rated by the American Food and Drug Administration as a pregnancy risk category B, which means that there is no expectation that this medication will cause harm to an unborn baby. It has not been determined whether or not Alphagan can be excreted through the mother’s breast milk and the effect it may have on a nursing baby. Women who are pregnant or nursing should discuss the risks and benefits before taking Alphagan.

To prevent potential infection, the sterilized dropper that the medication comes in should be kept sterile at all times. Should the dropper touch any surface, including and especially the hands, the patient should contact the pharmacy to inquire about proper sterilizing or replacement procedures.

Patients should never double up on medication, not even for a missed dose. If the dose is missed, it should simply be applied as soon as possible. If it is too close to the next dose, the missed dose can be skipped.

An overdose of Alphagan is not likely to require life saving medical procedures. However, medical attention should be sought in the case of ingestion or significant overdose. There are no known effects to overdosing or ingestion, but patients should be sure to be cleared by a physician.

Allergic reactions can be deadly and should be handled as a medical emergency. Sudden swelling of the face, lips, mouth, tongue, or throat, hives, itching, and respiratory distress are symptoms of a severe allergic reaction. Medical treatment is necessary promptly.

Side effects are common and require no significant medical treatment. However, side effects can be bothersome and should be reported to the prescribing physician. Most side effects, such as a change in taste perception, sensitivity to light, swollen or puffy eyes, headaches, fatigue, dizziness, dry mouth, dryness in the nose, discharge from the eye, redness of the eye, watery eyes, blurry vision, and stinging, burning or itching of the eye are quite common while taking Alphagan.

Patients should always consult with the prescribing physician before taking any additional medications including over the counter drugs, prescription drugs, herbal remedies, and vitamin supplements. If an MAO inhibitor has been used in the previous 14 days, Alphagan can not be started until after the drug has completely cleared from the body. Medications that cause drowsiness or dizziness (cold medicine, allergy medicine, sleep aids, narcotic pain relievers, etc) should never be mixed with Alphagan. Dysfunctional fatigue may result. Patients who take additional medication for high blood pressure may not be able to tolerate Alphagan.

Alphagan has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of alphagan


• Molecular formula of alphagan is C11H10BrN5
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 5-bromo-N-(4,5-dihydro-1H-imidazol-2-yl)quinoxalin-6-amine
• Molecular weight is 292.135 g/mol
Alphagan available : 10 ml bottle 15% solution, 5 ml bottle 15% solution, 0.1% solution 15ml bottle, 15 ml bottle 15%

Generic name: Brimonidine

Brand name(s): Bromoxidine

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