How Does Alphagan P Work?
belongs to a group of drugs called alpha adrenergic agonists (often known as just "alpha agonists"). Alphagan
P binds to and activates alpha receptors in the eye, causing two important effects. It decreases the amount of fluid (known as aqueous humor) produced by the eye and increases the rate of drainage. These two effects result in lowered eye pressure.
Can Children Use It?
Alphagan P is approved for children as young as two years old. However, studies have suggested that young children (between the ages of two and seven years old) are especially likely to experience drowsiness due to the medication. Make sure to ask your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of any medication recommended for your child, including Alphagan P.
Off-Label Uses for Alphagan P
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend using Alphagan P for something other than high eye pressure or open-angle glaucoma
(this would be known as an "off-label
" use). At this time, using Alphagan P to treat angle-closure glaucoma
would be an off-label use.