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Brimonidine is a prescription medication used to lower eye pressure. Specifically, these eye drops are approved for treating high eye pressure in people with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension. This medicine works by decreasing fluid production in the eye and increasing the rate of drainage from the eye. Potential side effects include eye redness, dry mouth, and headaches.
What Is Brimonidine?Brimonidine tartrate (Alphagan®) is a prescription eye drop. It is approved to treat high eye pressure in people with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension. There are two different formulations of brimonidine -- original Alphagan and the newer Alphagan P. The two formulations are different in terms of their strengths and the preservatives they contain.
Are There Side Effects?As with any medicine, brimonidine can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience side effects. Most people tolerate it quite well.
- Dry mouth
- Eye redness
- Burning and stinging