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Alphagan (Brimonidine Tartrate) - Side Effects and Adverse Reactions



Adverse events occurring in approximately 10-20% of the subjects included: allergic conjunctivitis, conjunctival hyperemia, and eye pruritus.

Adverse events occurring in approximately 5-9% of the subjects included: burning sensation, conjunctival folliculosis, hypertension, oral dryness, and visual disturbance.

Events occurring in approximately 1-4% of subjects included: allergic reaction, asthenia, blepharitis, bronchitis, conjunctival edema, conjunctival hemorrhage, conjunctivitis, cough, dizziness, dyspepsia, dyspnea, epiphora, eye discharge, eye dryness, eye irritation, eye pain, eyelid edema, eyelid erythema, flu syndrome, follicular conjunctivitis, foreign body sensation, headache, pharyngitis, photophobia, rash, rhinitis, sinus infection, sinusitis, stinging, superficial punctate keratopathy, visual field defect, vitreous floaters, and worsened visual acuity.

The following events were reported in less than 1% of subjects: corneal erosion, insomnia, nasal dryness, somnolence, and taste perversion.

The following events have been identified during post-marketing use of ALPHAGAN® ophthalmic solution in clinical practice. Because they are reported voluntarily from a population of unknown size, estimates of frequency cannot be made. The events, which have been chosen for inclusion due to either their seriousness, frequency of reporting, possible causal connection to ALPHAGAN®, or a combination of these factors, include: bradycardia; hypotension; iritis; miosis; skin reactions (including erythema, eyelid pruritus, rash, and vasodilation) and tachycardia. Apnea, bradycardia, hypotension, hypothermia, hypotonia, and somnolence have been reported in infants receiving ALPHAGAN® ophthalmic solution.


Below is a sample of reports where side effects / adverse reactions may be related to Alphagan. The information is not vetted and should not be considered as verified clinical evidence.

Possible Alphagan side effects / adverse reactions in 72 year old female

Reported by a consumer/non-health professional from United States on 2011-11-17

Patient: 72 year old female

Reactions: Eye Irritation, Psoriasis, Eye Allergy

Suspect drug(s):
    Dosage: unk
    Indication: Glaucoma
    Start date: 2011-03-02
    End date: 2011-03-16

    Dosage: 1 gtt, bid
    Indication: Glaucoma
    Start date: 2010-04-30
    End date: 2011-03-02

Other drugs received by patient: Travatan

Possible Alphagan side effects / adverse reactions in 53 year old male

Reported by a consumer/non-health professional from United States on 2011-11-17

Patient: 53 year old male

Reactions: Eye Irritation, Abnormal Sensation in Eye, Vision Blurred, Lacrimation Increased, Eye Pain

Suspect drug(s):
    Dosage: unk
    Indication: Intraocular Pressure Test
    Start date: 2011-05-20

    Dosage: 1 gtt, single
    Indication: Intraocular Pressure Increased
    Start date: 2011-05-12

Other drugs received by patient: OTC EYE Drop

Possible Alphagan side effects / adverse reactions in female

Reported by a physician from France on 2011-11-23

Patient: female

Reactions: Hypotonia, Wrong Drug Administered, Coma, Apnoea

Adverse event resulted in: life threatening event, hospitalization

Suspect drug(s):

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Drug label data at the top of this Page last updated: 2006-02-02

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