What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Report any serious side effects right away. Stop using this medicine if your eyes get swollen, painful, or have a discharge, and see your doctor or health care professional as soon as you can.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this drug affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol can make you more drowsy and dizzy. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
If you wear contact lenses, take them out before putting drops in the eye. Contact lenses may be put back in 15 minutes after putting the drops in your eyes.
Wear dark glasses if this medicine makes your eyes more sensitive to light.
Common and Rare Side Effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine 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:
For 0.5% apraclonidine
Blurred vision or change in vision
clumsiness or unsteadiness
eye discharge, irritation, or pain
numbness or tingling in the fingers or toes
raising of the upper eyelid
rash around the eyes
redness of the eyelid or inner lining of the eyelid
swelling of the eye, eyelid, or inner lining of the eyelid
swelling of the face, hands, or feet
For 1% apraclonidine
feeling cold or sleepy
redness, swelling, or whitening of the eyelids
stuff or runny nose
swelling of the eyelid
unusual taste in the mouth
watering of eye
Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur:
Some side effects 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:
For 0.5% apraclonidine
Dryness of the mouth
Change in taste or smell
crusting or scales on the eyelid or corner of the eye
discoloration of white part of the eye
drowsiness or sleepiness
dry nose or eyes
general feeling of discomfort or illness
increased sensitivity of the eyes to light
paleness of the eye or inner lining of the eyelid
tiredness or weakness
trouble in sleeping
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.