brimonidine, (Alphagan, Alphagan P - Discontinued in the US)

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    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

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    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

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PRESCRIPTION: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Ophthalmic solution: 0.1%, 0.15%, and 0.2%.

STORAGE: Brimonidine should be kept at room temperature, 15 C to 30 C (59 F to 86 F) and protected for direct light.

DOSING: The usual dose is one drop into each affected eye three times daily with each application approximately 8 hours apart.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: In theory, monoamine oxidase Inhibitors (for example, tranylcypromine, selegiline, linezolid) may interfere with the metabolism of brimonidine, increasing the occurrence of low blood pressure.

PREGNANCY: It is not known if brimonidine passes from the mother into the fetus.

NURSING MOTHERS: It is not known if brimonidine is secreted in breast milk.

Medically reviewed by Eni Williams, PharmD

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/6/2015
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