Combigan eye drops
What should I tell my health care provider before I take Combigan ?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
eye infection or damage
lung disease like asthma or emphysema
wear contact lenses
an unusual or allergic reaction to brimonidine; timolol, benzalkonium chloride, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should Combigan be used?
Combigan is only for use in the eye. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash hands before and after use. Tilt the head back slightly and pull down the lower lid with the index finger to form a pouch. Try not to touch the tip of the dropper to your eye or any other surface. Squeeze one drop into the pouch. Close the eye gently. Do not blink or rub your eyes. Apply gentle finger pressure to the inner corner of the eye for 1 to 2 minutes. Use your doses at regular intervals. Do not use Combigan more often than directed. If you use other eye medicines, they should be used at least 5 minutes before or after Combigan.
Talk to your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of Combigan in children. Special care may be needed. While Combigan may be prescribed for children as young as 2 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
What drug(s) may interact with Brimonidine; Timolol?
Do not take Combigan with any of the following medications:
MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
Combigan may also interact with the following medications:
medicines for colds and breathing difficulties
medicines for diabetes
medicines for high blood pressure
medicines for mental problems and psychotic disturbances
medicines to control heart rhythm
medicines that cause drowsiness or tiredness
tricyclic antidepressants like amitriptyline, clomipramine, and desipramine
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way Combigan works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
What side effects may I notice from receiving Combigan?
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
bleeding in your eye
changes in blood sugar
cold hands or feet
difficulty breathing, wheezing
difficulty sleeping, nightmares
dizziness or fainting spells
inflamed or infected eyes or eyelids
irregular heartbeat, palpitations, chest pain
skin rash, itching, peeling skin
slow heart rate
swelling of the legs or ankles
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
bitter taste in the mouth
burning, stinging, or discomfort immediately after using the solution
dry or itchy eyes
sensitivity of the eyes to light
What should I watch for while taking Combigan?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Ask your doctor or health care professional if you should continue to use Combigan if you injure your eyes, get an eye infection, or need eye surgery. Report any serious side effects right away. Stop using Combigan if your eyes get swollen, painful, or have a discharge, and see your doctor or health care professional as soon as you can.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that requires mental alertness until you know how Combigan affects you. To reduce the risk of dizzy or fainting spells, do not sit or stand up quickly.
If you wear soft contact lenses, you should not put Combigan in your eyes while wearing the lenses. After using the eye drops, wait about 15 minutes before putting lenses in your eyes.
Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy, and drinking plenty of water may help. Contact your doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.
Wear dark glasses if Combigan makes your eyes more sensitive to light.