Alpha agonists are used for pupil dilation and the treatment of hypotension, adrenal insufficiency, glaucoma, nasal congestion, allergic rhinitis, eye inflammation, and dry eyes. They work by reducing swelling in the nasal passages, removing excess fluid in the eyes, and reducing inflammation.

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Alpha Agonists
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This chart is created by aggregating the total number of claims for the drugs in this class divided by the # of drugs with a specific indication. It is meant to be representative but may not accurately reflect the actual # of prescriptions written to treat a specific condition.

Prices for Popular Alpha Agonists

Popularity Brand Name (Generic Name) GoodRx Fair Price Price Trend
Alphagan P
(brimonidine)
10
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BRIMONIDINE is used to to treat open-angle glaucoma and high pressure in the eye.
Proamatine
(midodrine)
56
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MIDODRINE is used to treat low blood pressure in patients who have symptoms like dizziness when going from a sitting to a standing position.
Sudafed
(pseudoephedrine)
N/A N/A See Prices
Sudafed (pseudoephedrine) is an alpha agonist used to treat nasal congestion and sinus pressure. It works by restricting the blood vessels in the nose and sinuses. Sudafed doesn't require a prescription, but there are restrictions on its purchase and it is only available at the pharmacy counter. Generic pseudoephedrine is available, and Sudafed PE is another over-the-counter alternative with a different active ingredient (phenylephrine) that has no restrictions.
Mirvaso
404
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BRIMONIDINE is used on the face to reduce redness caused by rosacea.
Afrin
(oxymetazoline)
N/A N/A See Prices
Oxymetazoline is a nasal decongestant. This medicine is used to treat nasal congestion or a stuffy nose. This medicine will not treat an infection.
Iopidine
(apraclonidine)
69
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APRACLONIDINE is used to lower pressure in the eye caused glaucoma, eye surgery, or other conditions.
phenylephrine
5
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PHENYLEPHRINE acts as a decongestant for the eyes. It is used to treat several different eye problems. This medicine is also used in the eye to widen your pupils, so they won't respond to light during diagnostic procedures.
naphazoline
8
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NAPHAZOLINE is a decongestant. It is used in the eyes to treat redness caused by minor eye irritations.
Sudafed PE
(phenylephrine pe)
N/A N/A See Prices
PHENYLEPHRINE is a decongestant. It is used to relieve a stuffy nose from allergies, colds, or sinus problems.

Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

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