This medicine is an adrenergic agonist used to lower eye pressure in patients with open angle glaucoma or increased pressure in the eye (ocular hypertension). It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. SOFT CONTACT LENSES should be removed before using some brands of this medicine; they may be placed back in the eye 15 minutes after use. Check with your doctor or pharmacist to see if you should remove your contacts before using this medicine. TO USE THIS MEDICINE: first, wash your hands. Tilt your head back and with your index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch. Drop the medicine into the pouch and gently close your eyes. Immediately use your finger to apply pressure to the inside corner of the eye and continue to apply pressure for 1 or 2 minutes after using the medicine. Do not blink. Remove excess medicine around your eye with a clean tissue, being careful not to touch your eye. Wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them. TO PREVENT GERMS from entering your medicine, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface including your eye. IF YOUR MEDICINE COMES WITH A SPECIAL CAP (C-Cap), follow the directions provided in the patient information leaflet from the manufacturer on how to use this properly. IF YOU USE other medicines in your eye, wait at least 5 minutes between using this medicine and your other eye medicines. IF THIS MEDICINE changes color or becomes cloudy, do not use it. Do not use this medicine after the expiration date on the bottle. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature between 59 and 77 degrees F (15 and 25 degrees C) in a tightly-closed container, away from heat and light. KEEP THIS MEDICINE out of the reach of children and away from pets. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE, 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.
Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with this medicine. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE if you are also taking furazolidone or a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) (eg, phenelzine). ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE OR CONDITION may be needed if you also take barbiturates (eg, phenobarbital), opiate pain medicines (eg, oxycodone), linezolid, tricyclic antidepressants (eg, amitriptyline), digoxin, or medicine for high blood pressure. DO NOT START OR STOP any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, including heart, kidney, or liver problems; circulation problems (eg, Raynaud phenomenon); blood vessel problems (eg, in the brain, heart, or legs); low blood pressure, especially upon standing; allergies; pregnancy; or breast-feeding. TELL YOUR DOCTOR if you have a history of depression. Tell your doctor if you wear contact lenses. Use of this medicine in newborns or children younger than 2 years old is not recommended. Discuss with your doctor the risks and benefits of giving this medicine to your child. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about taking this medicine.
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while using this medicine include dry mouth; dry eyes; increased tear production; mild burning or itching of the eye; blurred vision; feeling of something in the eye; dizziness; drowsiness; runny or stuffy nose; or cough. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience depression; difficulty breathing; eye irritation, swelling, pain, or discharge; eyelid pain, redness, scaling, drooping, crusting, or swelling; fainting; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or persistent sore thoat; sensitivity to light; severe or persistent headache or dizziness; severe or persistent feeling that something is in your eye; shortness of breath; or vision changes. AN ALLERGIC REACTION to this medicine is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your healthcare provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. This medicine may be harmful if swallowed. Contact your doctor at once if you think you have used too much of this medicine.
DO NOT SHARE THIS MEDICINE with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE for other health conditions. IF USING THIS MEDICINE FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, obtain refills before your supply runs out. CHECK WITH YOUR PHARMACIST about how to dispose of unused medicine.