What Is Brimonidine Used For?

How Does Brimonidine Work?

Brimonidine belongs to a group of drugs called alpha adrenergic agonists (often known as just "alpha agonists"). This eye medication 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.

Is It Safe for Use in Children?

Brimonidine is approved for use in 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 brimonidine.

Are There Off-Label Reasons to Use Brimonidine?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend brimonidine for something other than high eye pressure or open-angle glaucoma (this would be known as an "off-label" use). At this time, using brimonidine to treat angle-closure glaucoma would be considered an off-label use.

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