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Alfadrops 0.5% Eye Drop

Manufacturer: Cipla Ltd
Medicine composition: Apraclonidine
Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required
Last Updated: November 29, 2019

Alfadrops 0.5% Eye Drop is used to treat glaucoma, a condition which can cause damage to the optic nerve and also vision loss due to high pressure in the eye. It is generally used in combination with other medications to help prevent eye surgery. This medicine works by decreasing the amount of fluid in the eye.

Possible side effects of this medicine include eye discomfort, eye redness, burning eye, blurred vision, dry mouth or nose, dizziness, upset stomach, and tiredness. It is advised to consult your doctor or health care provider immediately. There are few side effects which are very unlikely but might be serious. Some severe side effects include mood swings, depression, irritability, and slow or irregular heartbeat. If you observe any of these side effects, seek medical help right away. This medication may also have symptoms of an allergic reaction such as eye watering, itching or swelling, rash, dizziness and breathing problems. If any of these allergic reactions worsen, inform your doctor or health care professional right away.

If you are allergic to this medication or the ingredients of the medicine, inform your doctor or health care provider about the same. Also, tell your doctor or pharmacist about your current medication and medical history of high blood pressure, heart problems, kidney disease and mental disorders before using this medicine.

Information given here is based on the salt content of the medicine. Uses and effects of the medicine may vary from person to person. It is advisable to consult a Ophthalmologist before using this medicine.
  • Is It safe with alcohol?

    No interaction found
  • Are there any pregnancy warnings?

    Alfadrops 0.5% eye drop may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
    Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.
  • Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

    Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.
  • Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?

    Patients may experience drowsiness, and they should avoid driving or operating machinery.
  • Does this affect kidney function?

    There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
  • Does this affect liver function?

    There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
  • Are there any missed dose instructions?

    If you miss a dose of Apraclonidine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

This medication falls under the category of an adrenergic receptor agonist, belonging to alpha 2 class of drugs and also triggers alpha 1 receptors moderately. This medication is primarily used to treat glaucoma. This medicine decreases aqueous humour generation by tightening the afferent ciliary process vessels and enhances uveoscleral drainage.

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