Compare Travatan vs. brimonidine

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Travatan (travoprost)

Prescription only

Alphagan P (brimonidine)

Prescription only
Lowers eye pressure and controls glaucoma.

Travatan (travoprost) is a first-choice treatment to prevent and treat glaucoma because it's effective and has few side effects.

Lowers high eye pressure.

Alphagan P (brimonidine) is an effective medication for treating high pressure in the eyes, but it can cause some bothersome effects such as dry mouth, eye burning, and stinging upon administration.

Upsides
  • It's easy to use, with one drop every evening.
  • Travatan (travoprost) can be used with other eye drops for better results.
  • The new formulation of Travatan (travoprost) is less irritating and can be stored at room temperature.
  • Alphagan P (brimonidine) is a good medication for reducing high eye pressure and helping prevent development of glaucoma.
  • It is available as a cheaper, generic form.
Downsides
  • Travatan (travoprost) can permanently darken your eyes and eyelids, even after you stop using it.
  • Travatan (travoprost) can temporarily cause your eyelashes to grow longer, darker, and thicker – which may irritate your eyes.
  • You'll need to wait 15 minutes after applying Travatan (travoprost) to put your contacts in.
  • There's no generic option available, so it can be expensive.
  • Even though it's administered in the eye, Alphagan P (brimonidine) can make you feel fatigued and drowsy.
  • You must wait 5 minutes before using another eye drop in the same eye.
  • You have to remove contact lenses and leave them out for 15 minutes after using the eyedrops.
  • Alphagan P (brimonidine) can't be used in children under 2 years of age.
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Used for
  • Elevated intraocular pressure
Dosage forms
  • Eye drops
  • Eye drops
Price
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Side effects
12possible side effects
  • Red, dry eyes
    40%
  • Eye pain
    7%
  • Changes in eyesight
    7%
  • Eye irritation
    7%
  • Feeling like there's something in your eye
    7%
  • Itchy eyes
    7%
  • Eye/Eyelid inflammation
    2%
  • Cataract
    2%
  • Eye infections
    2%
  • Darkening of the eyes/eyelids
    2%
  • Dry eyes
    2%
  • Increased sensitivity to light
    2%
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The Alphagan P (brimonidine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Darkening of the eyes
    • Long-term use
  • Darkening of lashes
    • Long-term use
  • Darkening of contact lenses
    • (Re)inserting contact lenses too soon after applying Travatan (travoprost)
  • Eye injury or infection
    • Sharing eye drops with others
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  • Contact lens use
  • Contamination of eye products after use
    • Corneal disease
    • Disruption of the ocular epithelial surface
  • Severe heart disease
  • CNS depression (sleepiness and fatigue)
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