Brimonidine topical Side Effects

Some side effects of brimonidine topical may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

For the Consumer

Applies to brimonidine topical: topical application gel/jelly

Along with its needed effects, brimonidine topical may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking brimonidine topical:

More common
  • Flushing or redness of the skin
  • unusually warm skin
Less common
  • Blemishes on the skin
  • blistering, burning, crusting, dryness, or flaking of the skin
  • itching, scaling, severe redness, soreness, or swelling of the skin
  • pimples

Some side effects of brimonidine topical may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Less common
  • Blurred vision
  • burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
  • fever
  • headache
  • muscle aches
  • sore throat
  • stuffy or runny nose
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to brimonidine topical: topical gel

General

The most common side effects included erythema, flushing, skin burning sensation, and contact dermatitis.

Dermatologic

Very common (10% or more): Erythema, flushing
Common (1% to 10%): Rosacea, skin burning sensation, contact dermatitis, dermatitis, warm skin, acne, skin pain

Hypersensitivity

Common (1% to 10%): Allergic contact dermatitis

Nervous system

Common (1% to 10%): Headache, paraesthesia

Ocular

Common (1% to 10%): Increased intraocular pressure, blurred vision

Respiratory

Common (1% to 10%): Nasopharyngitis, nasal congestion

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