Apraclonidine

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Generic Name: Apraclonidine Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Uses

What is Apraclonidine used for?

Apraclonidine is commonly used to lower high eye pressure.

How should I take Apraclonidine?

Use apraclonidine as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • For the eye only.
  • Take out contact lenses before using this medicine. Lenses may be put back in 15 minutes after apraclonidine is given. Do not put contacts back in if your eyes are irritated or infected.
  • Do not touch the container tip to the eye, lid, or other skin.
  • Tilt your head back and drop drug into the eye.
  • After use, keep your eyes closed. Put pressure on the inside corner of the eye. Do this for 1 to 2 minutes. This keeps the drug in your eye.
  • If more than 1 drug is being used in the same eye, use each drug at least 5 minutes apart.

How do I store Apraclonidine?

Apraclonidine is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Apraclonidine in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Apraclonidine that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Apraclonidine down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Apraclonidine?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Apraclonidine or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
  • You are taking certain drugs used for depression like isocarboxazid, phenelzine, or tranylcypromine, or drugs used for Parkinson’s disease like selegiline or rasagiline.

Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.

Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert or have clear eyesight until you see how apraclonidine affects you.

Do not use longer than you have been told by the doctor.

Have your eye pressure and eyesight checked as you have been told by the doctor.

Talk with your doctor before you drink alcohol or use other drugs and natural products that slow your actions.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this medicine while you are pregnant.

Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Apraclonidine during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Apraclonidine. Apraclonidine is pregnancy risk category C, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk
  • B=No risk in some studies
  • C=There may be some risk
  • D=Positive evidence of risk
  • X=Contraindicated
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Apraclonidine?

Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Change in eyesight, eye pain, or very bad eye irritation.
  • Eyelid swelling.
  • Eye discharge.
  • Feeling that something is in the eye.
  • Blurred eyesight.
  • Eye irritation.
  • Dry eyes.
  • Dry mouth.
  • More tears.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Apraclonidine?

Apraclonidine may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Apraclonidine?

Apraclonidine may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Apraclonidine?

Apraclonidine may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Apraclonidine.

What is the dose of Apraclonidine for an adult?

Usual Adult Dose for Glaucoma

0.5% solution: 1 to 2 drops should be instilled in the affected eye(s) 3 times per day.

Usual Adult Dose for Postoperative Increased Intraocular Pressure

1% solution: 1 drop should be instilled in the scheduled operative eye one hour before initiating anterior segment laser surgery and a second drop should be instilled to the same eye immediately upon completion of the laser surgical procedure.

What is the dose of Apraclonidine for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is Apraclonidine available?

Apraclonidine is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

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What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

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 take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: November 17, 2017 | Last Modified: November 20, 2017

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