Available by prescription only, brimonidine gel is applied on the face once daily to help reduce redness caused by rosacea. This medication works by constricting the blood vessels, which immediately diminishes the redness. Although many people tolerate the medicine well, side effects are possible and include flushing and a burning sensation.
Brimonidine gel (Mirvaso®) is a prescription rosacea medication. It comes as a gel that is applied to the skin once a day. This drug specifically addresses the redness that most people with rosacea experience.
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Just like any medicine, brimonidine gel may cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious reactions are less common.
The most common side effects seen with brimonidine gel include:
- Burning sensation.