Alphagan Eye Drop

Alphagan Eye Drop is used in the treatment of ocular hypertension (pressure in the eye) and glaucoma. It helps to lower high pressure in the eye and reduces the risk of vision loss. This medicine may be used alone or in combination with another eye drop that reduces pressure in the eye.

Alphagan Eye Drop is for external use only. Use it in the dose and duration as advised by the doctor. If you wear contact lenses, remove them before using the medication. Avoid touching the tip of the dropper to any surface as it may contaminate the eye drop. For best results, use it daily in the evening or at night.

The common side effects include allergic conjunctivitis, burning sensation, conjunctival inflammation, conjunctival hyperemia, eye itching, high blood pressure, allergic reaction in the eyes, dry mouth, and visual disturbance. If they persist or worsen, inform your doctor.  If these side effects persist for a longer duration, please inform your doctor. Caution is advised for driving after administration of this injection if your eyes are not able to concentrate and react. click here: Alphagan Eye Drop

USES OF ALPHAGAN EYE DROP

  • Ocular hypertension
  • Glaucoma

BENEFITS OF ALPHAGAN EYE DROP

In Ocular hypertension

Ocular hypertension is a condition where the pressure inside the eye is higher than normal eye pressure. This may occur due to an injury, certain diseases or as an adverse effect of certain medications. Alphagan Eye Drop reduces the fluid accumulation of the eye and facilitates draining of the fluid from the eyes. This helps treat ocular hypertension and prevents further damage or complications such as vision changes or even vision loss.

In Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve, the health of which is vital for good vision. This damage is often caused by an abnormally high pressure in your eye. Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness for people over the age of 60 or older. Alphagan Eye Drop is used to reduce swelling and pressure inside the eye. This helps to prevent complications of glaucoma such as blindness and improves the vision.

SIDE EFFECTS OF ALPHAGAN EYE DROP

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Alphagan

  • Eye itching
  • Allergic reaction in eye
  • Conjunctival hyperemia
  • Follicular conjunctivitis
  • Dryness in mouth
  • Allergic conjunctivitis
  • Burning sensation
  • High blood pressure

HOW TO USE ALPHAGAN EYE DROP

This medicine is for external use only. Use it in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Check the label for directions before use. Hold the dropper close to the eye without touching it. Gently squeeze the dropper and place the medicine inside the lower eyelid. Wipe off the extra liquid.

HOW ALPHAGAN EYE DROP WORKS

Alphagan Eye Drop is a sympathomimetic. It works by decreasing the production of aqueous humour (fluid in the eye), thereby lowering the increased eye pressure.

SAFETY ADVICE

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Alcohol

No interaction found/established
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Pregnancy

Eye Drop is generally considered safe to use during pregnancy. Animal studies have shown low or no adverse effects to the developing baby; however, there are limited human studies.
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Breast feeding

Alphagan Eye Drop is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.
To reduce the amount of Alphagan Eye Drop that reaches the breastmilk, place pressure over the corner of the eye for 1 minute or more, then remove the excess solution with an absorbent tissue.
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Driving

Eye Drop may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
Eye Drop may cause blurred or abnormal vision. This effect may seem worse at night or in reduced lighting and this may affect the ability to drive.
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Kidney

No interaction found/established
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Liver

No interaction found/established

WHAT IF YOU FORGET TO TAKE ALPHAGAN EYE DROP?

If you miss a dose of Alphagan Eye Drop, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

Quick tips

  • Eye Drop helps lower high pressure in the eye and reduces the risk of vision loss.
    For best results, put one drop 2-3 times daily in the affected eye(s).
  • Apply pressure on the corner of the eye (close to the nose) for about 1 minute, immediately after instilling the drop.
  • Remove contact lenses before using Alphagan Eye Drop and allow at least 15 minutes before re-inserting them.
  • Do not touch the tip of the dropper to any surface, or to your eye, to avoid contaminating the eye drops.
  • Wait for at least 5-10 minutes before delivering the next medication in the same eye to avoid dilution.
  • It may cause short term blurring of vision when first used. Use caution before driving or using machines.
  • It may cause temporary burning or itching sensation in the eye. Inform your doctor if this does not go away.
  • Make sure to use within 4 weeks of opening the bottle.

FAQs

Q. Is Alphagan Eye Drop a beta blocker?

No, Eye Drop is not a beta blocker. It is an alpha adrenergic agonist which means it acts on alpha adrenergic receptor present in the eye. This medicine reduces the high pressure in the eye by decreasing the amount of fluid in the eyes. It has minimal effect on heart and lungs.

Q. Do Alphagan Eye Drop make you sleepy?

Yes, Alphagan Eye Drop may cause drowsiness and may also cause fatigue which may impair the ability to drive or use machinery. It may also cause blurred or abnormal vision which could cause difficulty in driving or using machinery, especially at night or in reduced lighting. You should avoid driving or using machinery until these symptoms have subsided.

Q. Does Alphagan Eye Drop lower blood pressure?

Alphagan Eye Drop may cause low or high blood pressure. Before taking Alphagan Eye Drop, inform your doctor if you are already taking any medicines to lower blood pressure. Moreover, keep a regular check on your blood pressure while you are taking Alphagan Eye Drop.

Q. Does Alphagan Eye Drop cause pupil dilation?

No, Alphagan Eye Drop does not cause pupil dilation. On the contrary, in very rare cases, it may cause pupil constriction, also called miosis. If you experience miosis, you may have night vision difficulty, halos and glare. Contact your doctor if you experience these symptoms.

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