Glaucoma is one of the most prevalent eye diseases worldwide. Glaucoma is caused by the increased level of fluid in eyes resulting in severe pain and discomfort and could gradually leads to impaired vision of eyes. Such eye condition is called open angle glaucoma, which is successfully treated by Brimonidine tartrate. It comes in a form of liquid solution. Brimonidine Tartrate reduces the pressure on eyes by removing the excess fluid from eyes. It checks the further deterioration of eye sight and also stops any further damage caused to the eye nerves. However it is important to know that you are not sensitive to Benzalkonium chloride or Brimonidine Tartrate as it instead of benefitting can cause you severe side effects.
Way to use
It is important to know the correct handling of the drug to get the maximum benefit. One should check with the physician the correct dosage of the drug and how to take it. You should use Brimonidine Tartrate as per direction and as suggested by the physician. Do not go for self medication. As eyes are very sensitive we suggest that you use the dropper very carefully so that it does not contaminate at all. Wash your hands properly before touching the dropper to put the drops in eyes. Before using Brimonidine Tartrate solution please shake the bottle to mix the solution properly. Put the drops in the eyes with the help of the dropper. To instil the drops, make a pouch of your eyes gently with your fingers and put the drops in the middle of the eyes. Make sure that dropper doesn’t come in contact with any other object. Close the cap of the bottle tightly and do not share your dropper and eye drops with any other person. In case you forget to take your dose, please take it whenever you remember but make sure that it should not overlap with your second dose. Always remember not to overdose yourself.
How to store the eye drops?
Storing any drug in a proper way will not only last longer but prevent it from any contamination. We suggest you to store Brimonidine Tartrate in a cool dark place away from direct sunlight heat and moisture. As the drug is meant only for adults it should be kept in safe distance from pets. It should be kept in room temperature of 15 to 25 degree Celsius. Keep it in a clean place and not in any unhygienic place. Please check the expiry date of the drug and if expired then dispose it off in a proper way, or as directed in the instruction booklet.
Side effects of the medicine
Like every other medicine there are certain side effects of Brimonidine Tartrate which could be severe if avoided. Some of them are very mild in nature like tiredness, drowsiness, itching, blurred vision, eye discomfort, redness in eye and dry mouth. Though they are not serious in nature, still if persisted for a longer time, one must check with the doctor and take further action accordingly. Some serious side effects, which need immediate attention, are continuous headache, heavy breathing, and swelling of tongue and around mouth, severe dizziness. In such cases it is important to visit the doctor and inform him of your condition
Interaction with other drugs (Precautions to be taken)
This drug Brimonidine Tartrate can react with other drugs and food items. It could react with certain food and drugs so you got to be careful and take it under proper guidance of your physician. In case you are taking herbal product or any other health supplement, please inform your doctor. In case you are taking any drugs which make you sleepy like tranquilizers, allergy drugs, sleeping pills or pain relief medicine, make sure that you check with your doctor before using this drug. In case you are taking alcohol then taking this drug will make you further drowsy. In case you are using any beta blockers or any Blood pressure medicine like Digoxin or you are taking any anti depressant like clomipriine, amitriptyline, imipramine then check with your doctor that how safe it is for you to take Brimonidine Tartrate. In case you are using any other eyedrops like propranolol, timolol, nadolol, metoprolol then use of Brimonidne Tartrate may not be advisable. Please check with your doctor for its safe consumption.
It is important to inform your doctor if you are taking treatment for any other medical condition. In case you are suffering from heart disease, liver and kidney ailment, low Blood pressure, high Blood pressure, in such cases we suggest that you check with your doctor before using this drug. There is a strong possibility that both the medicines react with each other and could pose threat for your health. Women who are pregnant or planning to conceive should consult their doctor before using it. Do not take any medicine after using Brimonidine Tartrate as it could make you more lethargic.