Alphagan Warnings and Precautions
Before you start using Alphagan eye drops, make sure your healthcare provider is aware of any other medical conditions you may have. It is important to know that this eye medication can make some medical conditions worse, including depression, heart disease, and low blood pressure. Other safety precautions with Alphagan include warnings on using this eye medication with certain other drugs, as negative interactions may occur.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Using Alphagan?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Alphagan® (brimonidine tartrate) if you have:
- Raynaud's disease
- Had a stroke
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Heart disease
- Thromboangiitis obliterans
- Liver disease, such as liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Warnings and Precautions With AlphaganSome warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using the eye drops include the following:
- Alphagan should be used with caution in people with depression, heart disease, Raynaud's disease, a history of a stroke, low blood pressure, or thromboangiitis obliterans, as there is a small chance that Alphagan could worsen such conditions. However, many people with these medical conditions can safely use Alphagan with no problems whatsoever.
- Alphagan has not been adequately studied in people with liver or kidney problems.
- For some people, Alphagan will work very well initially but will gradually become less effective. It is important that you are regularly monitored to make sure that this eye medication is still working for you.
- Alphagan can potentially interact with some other medications (see Alphagan Drug Interactions).
- Alphagan can sometimes cause drowsiness. Make sure to see how the medication affects you before driving or operating heavy machinery.
- If you use other eye drops, make sure to separate your dose of Alphagan and your dose of the other drops by at least five minutes.
- Alphagan is considered a pregnancy Category B medication. This means that it is probably safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not currently known (see Alphagan and Pregnancy).
- It is unknown if Alphagan passes through breast milk in humans. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to using the drug (see Alphagan and Breastfeeding).