Alphagan- P is used for reducing eye pressure in people with wide-angle glaucoma or increased blood pressure of the eye. Alphagan belongs to the group of alpha-3 adrenergic agonists and acts by reducing the blood pressure inside the eye and improving the fluid drainage from the eyeball.
Use Alphagan according to the doctor’s prescriptions.
Never stop the treatment with Alphagan or change the dose without your doctor’s approval.
Remove the contact lenses before using Alphagan P, as they can be placed back in the eyeballs 15 minutes after the intake.
Before using Alphagan in the eye, carefully wash your hands. Bend your head back. Using your forefinger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to create a pouch. Drop the medication into the pouch and close your eyes. Using your finger, put the pressure on the inside corner of the eye for about a minute. Avoid blinking. Eliminate excess medication around your eye with a clean, dry tissue; avoid the area around the eyes. Wash your hands properly to remove excess medicine.
To avoid contamination, avoid touching the applicator tip to any surface (even the eye). Always keep the container closed.
Introduce 1 drop into the treated eye 3 times a day with an interval of 8 hours (or according to your doctor’s prescription).
You can use more than 1 eye medication to reduce the eye pressure. In this case, use the medicines with an interval of about 5 minutes.
Never exceed the dosage without the doctor’s approval.
Contact your health care provider at once if you feel you have used too much of Alphagan.
If you miss a dose of Alphagan, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Alphagan.
Avoid using Alphagan if:
you have allergy to any components of Alphagan
you’re using furazolidone or a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (for example, phenelzine).
Consult your doctor if you’re using any of them.
Certain health conditions can interact with Alphagan. Inform your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:
if you’re pregnant, planning a pregnancy, or lactating
if you are taking any prescription or over-the-counter drug, herbal or food supplement
if you’re allergic to some drugs or foods
if you have serious cardiovascular disease, kidney or liver dysfunction
if you suffered from depression
if you have Raynaud’s diseases
if you have hypotension, blood vessel inflammation or insufficient blood flow to the brain.
Ask your doctor if this medicine can interact with other drugs you’re taking. Don’t stop the treatment or change the dosage without consulting your doctor.
The drug can cause sleepiness, vertigo and vision impairment. Drinking alcohol or taking certain drugs may increase the risk of these adverse effects. Use Alphagan very carefully. Avoid driving or engaging in any dangerous tasks until you know you reaction to the medicine.
Do the laboratory tests and eye exams during the treatment with Alphagan to check your health condition.
Alphagan must be used with great caution in kids under the age of 2, as safety and efficiency in this category of patients in unknown.
If you become pregnant during the treatment, inform your doctor to make sure that the benefits of the drug outweigh the risks. It is still unknown if Alphagan can get into the breast milk. If you’re breastfeeding during the treatment, inform your doctor and ask him/her about any possible risks to your child.
All drugs may cause adverse effects, but many patients have no or minor adverse effects.
Inform your doctor if any of the following adverse effects persist:
Vision impairment; cough; vertigo; sleepiness; dryness in the eyes and mouth; eye problems; influenza; unusual feeling in the body; head pain; eye inflammation; irritation near the eyelashes; pain in the muscles; hives; eye reddening; head cold; photosensitivity; sinus infection; pain in the throat; indigestion; swelling of the conjunctiva; tearing; fatigue; diseases of the upper respiratory tract; weakness.
Seek medical assistance at once if any of these serious adverse effects occur:
Serious allergic reactions (rash; itching; breathing problems; pain in the chest; face swelling); anxiety; increased heart rate; eyelid crusting; loss of consciousness; dryness in the nose; increased heart rate.