Mirvaso

1 What is Mirvaso?

Brand: Mirvaso

Generic: Brimonidine

Mirvaso, also known and sold under the trade name of Brimonidine, is a product which is used in the treatment of facial redness, caused by a certain skin disease – known as rosacea. This medication is available in the forms of a gel and jelly.

2 What to Know Before Using

If you are about to start using Mirvaso, speak with your doctor about what you need to know. It is essential to get informed about the expected beneficial effects, as well as, about the potential side effects and risks. 

For this decision to be made, the beneficial effects must outweigh the potential risks. This is a decision that you and your doctor, together, will have to make.

During the consultations, it is important to inform the doctor about:

  • Allergic reactions – Inform the doctor about any allergic reactions to any kind of medications, prescribed or not prescribed. Also, inform the healthcare professional about any allergic reactions to any specific kind of food, dye, fabric and etc.
  • Pediatric – There are no studies done that would confirm the safety of this medication to be used in pediatric patients. This medication is not recommended to be used in pediatric patients. However, it could be used only in cases where the beneficial effects outweigh the potential risks. 
  • Geriatric – Proper studies done have confirmed that there are no age-related risks and side effects when this medication has been used in geriatric patients. However, due to the increased sensitivity in geriatric patients, this medication must be used with extra cautions during the treatment. 
  • Pregnancy – Inform the doctor if you are currently pregnant or have any plans about pregnancy in the near future. There are no studies done that would confirm the safety of this medication to be used during pregnancy. It is unknown if it will affect the fetus. This medication is not recommended to be used during pregnancy. However, it could be used only in cases where the beneficial effects outweigh the potential risks.
  • Breastfeeding – There are no studies done that would confirm the safety of this medication to be used in nursing mothers. It is unknown if it is extracted in the milk or if it would affect the infant. This medication is not recommended to be used in nursing mothers. However, it could be used only in cases where the beneficial effects outweigh the potential risks.
  • Drug interactions – Inform the doctor if you are currently using any other medications, prescribed or not prescribed, even vitamins and herbal tea. This is important because certain medications are not recommended to be used a certain combination, due to the possibility that certain interactions could occur. However, sometimes the doctor may decide to use a certain combination, including two or more medications, to treat your condition, if he or she considers that combination to prove as beneficial regarding your condition.
  • Other interactions – Certain medications are not recommended to be used in a combination with the specific type of food, tobacco, and alcohol. Because of this, it is important to get informed if there is a need for you to follow a specific diet and discontinue your use of tobacco and alcohol during the treatment. 
  • Other medical problems – Inform the doctor about your medical history, any other medical problems and conditions from the past or at the moment. Especially, inform the doctor if there are any of the following conditions present – cerebral or coronary insufficiency, circulation problems, depression, heart or blood vessel disease, orthostatic hypotension, Reynard’s phenomenon, scleroderma, or stroke.

3 Proper Usage

For proper use of Mirvaso, follow the directions given by your doctor. This medication is available in the forms of gel and jelly, for the topical route. This medication is for external use only. 

Do not apply this medication near on in your eyes, nose, mouth, or vagina. Apply a thin layer of the medicine on the affected area and do not cover up the area afterward, in order to let the medication get absorbed in the skin. 

The dose is individual for every patient, prescribed by the doctor and based on your condition and the prognosis of the treatment. In order to get the most beneficial effects from its use, remember to use it regularly. 

If you forget a dose, apply it as soon as you remember. Do not double to catch up. This medication is harmful if swallowed and overdosed. If an overdose is suspected, contact your doctor as soon as possible.

4 Precautions to Take

Before using Mirvaso, there are some precautions you must take. Visit your doctor regularly, at your scheduled appointments, so that he or she would be able to track your condition and make any adjustments if needed. 

These adjustments may refer to the dose – e.g. the doctor may decide to increase or decrease the dose, or to the treatment itself – the doctor may decide to discontinue the treatment, if there are any serious side effects present that would worsen your condition, or if your condition does not improve. 

Inform your doctor about any allergic reactions to any kind of medications, prescribed or not prescribed. This is important because this product may contain inactive substances that could cause certain interactions to occur. Inform the doctor if you are currently pregnant or have any plans about pregnancy in the near future. 

This medication is not recommended to be used during pregnancy, due to the lack of studies that would confirm the safety of this medication to be used during pregnancy. At least two proven forms of birth control should be used during the treatment. 

Inform the doctor if you are currently breastfeeding. This medication is not recommended to be used in nursing mothers, due to the lack of studies that would confirm the safety of this medication to be used in nursing mothers.

5 Potential Side Effects

Along with Mirvaso expected beneficial effects, there are potential side effects that could occur. But these side effects do not occur within all patients, also they could be mild or more serious.

However, it is essential to get informed about the potential side effects so that you would be able to notice their presence and inform the doctor as soon as possible for further directions.

Common side effects:

  • flushing/redness of the skin
  • feeling of warmth of the skin

These are common side effects that are not considered as serious. However, if their presence persists or worsens, inform the doctor as soon as possible.

A very serious allergic reaction to this medication is not common. However, if you notice any of the following symptoms, contact your doctor as soon as possible – skin rash, itching/swelling of the face/tongue/hands/feet, trouble breathing, or severe dizziness

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