Understanding Glaucoma Medications (cont.)
IN THIS ARTICLE
Other Adrenergic Agents
Other adrenergic agents became available in the 1960s and are rarely used today, having been largely supplanted by alpha adrenergic agonists. These drugs lower intraocular pressure by reducing the amount of aqueous humor produced and also reduce resistance to outflow of aqueous humor. This class of eye drops includes epinephrine (Eppy, Eppy-N) and dipivefrin (AKPro, Propine). Adrenergics may cause swelling of the macula (the center part of the retina) and eye irritation. They also may cause black deposits of the lining of the inside of the lids with extended use.
These drugs should not be used by individuals allergic to adrenergic eye drops.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/23/2014
YOU MAY ALSO LIKE
Must Read Articles Related to Understanding Glaucoma Medications
Patient Comments & Reviews
The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Glaucoma Medications:
Glaucoma Medications - Side Effects
Do you experience troubling side effects from your glaucoma medication?
Eye Health Resources
- Early Care for Your Premature Baby
- What to Eat When You Have Cancer
- When to Take More Pain Medication
Health Solutions From Our Sponsors
Read What Your Physician is Reading on Medscape
While any type of glaucoma can be unilateral, primary open-angle glaucoma, primary angle-closure glaucoma, primary infantile glaucoma, juvenile-onset glaucoma, and pigmentary glaucoma are generally bilateral diseases, the severity of which may be asymmetric in the two eyes.