Combigan (Brimonidine/Timolol)

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What is Combigan prescribed for?

Glaucoma is a condition that damages your eye optic nerve, which is the nerve that sends images to your brain.  And unfortunately the condition only worsens over time. It is often linked to a buildup of pressure inside your eye. While glaucoma tends to run in families, you usually don’t get it until later in life.

Brimonidine and Timolol combined created a medication called Combigan.  This drug is used as a treatment towards high pressure inside the eye due to glaucoma and other various eye diseases. But lowering the high pressure within the eye, it will in the long term, prevent blindness.

Brimonidine functions by allowing better fluid drainage from within the eye, as well as decreasing the amount of fluid that forms within the eye.  Timolol is also a medication that is known to help decrease the amount of fluid formed in the eye.

This medication comes in a singular dose, which is 0.2%/0.5%. Remember your dose is based on your medical background and your overall response to the treatment. If your doctor or pharmacist has given you some information in the form of a pamphlet, take the time to read up on this drug, and if you have any questions or concerns regarding this medication, please consult your doctor.

Make sure to avoid contamination, do not touch the dropper tip, or let it touch your eye or any other surface.  And make sure to wash your hands before you proceed.

The preservation in this product may be absorbed by any contact lenses you may wear. Therefore, it is best to remove them. After using the medication it is best to wait about 15 minutes before placing your lenses back in.

When ready to use, tilt your head back, and look up. Pull your lower eyelid down to create what appears to be a pouch. Hold the dropper directly over your eye and place 1 drop into the pouch.  Then look down and gently close your eyes for about 1 to 2 minutes. Place one finger on eye to gently apply pressure.  This will prevent any of the liquid from escaping.  This medication is usually taken 2 times a day, once every 12 hours.

If you are using other eye medication alongside Combigan, it is best to wait 10 minutes in between your other medication doses and your Combigan dose.

Before taking this medication, inform your doctor if you are allergic to either Brimonidine or Timolol; or to apraclinidine; or if you have any other allergies in general.

Before using this medication it is always best to go over your medical history with your doctor, especially if you have had the following;  kidney disease, liver disease, heart disease, blood vessel disease (e.g., thromboangiitis obliterans, Raynaud's phenomenon), blood circulation disorders (cerebral/coronary insufficiency), dizziness after standing (orthostatic hypotension), diabetes, depression, overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), muscle weakness disorders (e.g., myasthenia gravis), severe allergies.

However, for certain medication conditions, this drug should not be used. Inform your doctor if you have had or have any of the following; lung disease (e.g., current or past asthma, severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD), certain types of irregular heartbeats (sinus bradycardia, second- or third-degree AV block), certain types of heart disease (severe heart failure, cardiogenic shock).

Temporary blurred vision, temporary burning/stinging/itching/redness of the eye, watery eyes, dry eyes, dry mouth, feeling as if something is in the eye, headache, dizziness, or drowsiness may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor promptly.

There is some serious side effects to this medication, and if you are encountering any of them, notify your doctor right away. These side effects are listed below; vision changes, eye sensitivity to light, eye pain/swelling/discharge, slow/irregular heartbeat, muscle weakness, unusual tiredness, mental/mood changes, coldness/numbness/pain in the hands or feet, swelling ankles/feet, sudden unexplained weight gain, shortness of breath.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

If you are experiencing any of the following, then you need to seek medical attention right away; trouble breathing, chest pain, weakness on one side of the body, slurred speech, confusion, persistent dizziness, fainting.

What is Combigan?

This medication treats glaucoma, which is a condition that creates a high pressure inside the eye. It also treats a variable of other eye diseases. Combigan is a combination of two medications in one. Which are Brimonidine and Timolol.

 

 Why is Combigan so expensive?

While Combigan can be quite expensive for a monthly supply, you can find more affordable options on an approved online Canadian pharmacy, such as My Drug Center. This offers an array of options to buy Combigan online.

 

What are the side effects of Combigan eye drops?

Some of the most common side effects for Combigan include the following; blurred vision, temporary burning/stinging/itchy/redness of the eye, watery eyes, dry eyes, swollen or puffy eyes, dry mouth, and the feeling as if something is in the eye.  While these side effects are common, if they do persist or worsen, you should consult with your doctor. Keep in mind that these are not the only side effects listed for Combigan.

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