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Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: 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.
Seek immediate medical attention if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: trouble breathing, chest pain, weakness on one side of the body, slurred speech, confusion, persistent dizziness, fainting.
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: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Read the Combigan (brimonidine tartrate, timolol maleate ophthalmic solution .2%/.5%) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
PRECAUTIONS: Before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to brimonidine or timolol; or to apraclonidine; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: 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).
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: 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.
If you develop an eye infection or injury, or have eye surgery, check with your doctor about whether you should continue to use your current bottle of this medication. You may be advised to start using a new bottle.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication.
If you have diabetes, this product may prevent the fast/pounding heartbeat you would usually feel when your blood sugar level falls too low (hypoglycemia). Other symptoms of low blood sugar, such as dizziness and sweating, are unaffected by this drug.
This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy or cause temporary blurred vision. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness or clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit alcoholic beverages.
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
This medication passes into breast milk, but is unlikely to harm a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
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