Combigan (Brimonidine Tartrate/Timolol)
What is Combigan (Brimonidine Tartrate/Timolol) used for?
Combigan (Brimonidine Tartrate/Timolol) is an ophthalmic medicine prescribed to patients who are suffering from open angle glaucoma or elevated pressure within the eye. It operates by reducing the amount of pressure within the eye to relieve pain, loss of vision, or to prevent possible damage to the optic nerve. Your physician may also prescribe it for other unlisted purposes.
How should I use Combigan (Brimonidine Tartrate/Timolol)?
Use Combigan (Brimonidine Tartrate/Timolol) according to your physician's directions to get the most effective results from treatment. The typical dosage is one drop administered once or twice daily, but your individual instructions will be determined by the condition being treated, your health, and the severity of your symptoms. Wash your hands before application to remove any dirt or contaminants. Gently shake the bottle before each use to mix its contents and observe the solution to make sure it is not discolored or cloudy as this may indicate contamination. To use the medicine tilt your head back, gently pull down the lower lid of the eye, and dispense one drop into the eye. Slowly close the eye to spread the medicine over the surface of the eye and keep it closed for ten seconds to allow it to be absorbed. Never stop using the medication, even if your symptoms seem to have disappeared, as the infection may not be gone and can return stronger and more resistant to medication. Always wash your hands after each application to prevent the drops from contacting areas not being treated or mucous membranes. Ask your physician any questions you have about using the medicine to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Combigan (Brimonidine Tartrate/Timolol)?
Combigan (Brimonidine Tartrate/Timolol) may cause side effects in some patients such as:
More serious side effects that may appear include slowed heart rate, trouble breathing, dizziness, irregular heartbeats, numbness or tingling in the hands or feet, intense eye pain, severe swelling, or discomfort around the eye. Immediately inform your physician about any symptoms you experience that are intense or worrying. It may be necessary to reduce your dosage, frequency of administration, or even seek emergency medical assistance in more serious cases.
Remove your contact lenses before using Combigan (Brimonidine Tartrate/Timolol) to get the most effective results from treatment. Do not use the eye drops if you are breastfeeding, the patient is under the age of seventeen, or if you have asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), uncontrolled heart failure, 2nd or 3rd degree heart block, severe circulation problems, or if you are taking other MAOI medications. Also inform your physician if you have diabetes, depression, heart failure, angina, cardiovascular disease, circulation disorders, hypoglycemia, a history of allergies, psoriasis, myasthenia gravis, metabolic acidosis, chronic pain in the hands or fingers, hypotension, angina, decreased kidney function, or decreased liver function. These conditions may cause problems during treatment requiring reduced doses or other alterations to your regimen.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Combigan (Brimonidine Tartrate/Timolol). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.