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Understanding Glaucoma Medications (cont.)

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 11/21/2012

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