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What Is Brimonidine Gel Used For?

If you have rosacea, using brimonidine gel once daily can help reduce skin redness. This prescription medicine is only approved for adults age 18 and older. Although it cannot help treat the bumps and pimples of rosacea, it reduces redness by constricting the blood vessels. Possible off-label uses include treating hemangiomas or other skin conditions that cause redness.

An Overview of Uses for Brimonidine Gel

Brimonidine gel (Mirvaso®) is a prescription medication licensed to treat rosacea. Specifically, it is approved to treat the redness caused by rosacea. It does not help with the bumps and pimples.  

Understanding Rosacea

Rosacea is a chronic disease that affects the skin and sometimes the eyes. Characteristics of the condition include redness, pimples, and, in advanced stages, thickened skin. Although rosacea usually affects the face, it can affect parts of the upper body. Despite how common the condition is, many people with it go undiagnosed.
Rosacea treatment may involve good skin care (see Rosacea Skin Care), medications (either applied directly to the skin, like brimonidine gel, or taken by mouth), and other treatments (such as laser surgery). Brimonidine gel is approved for treating rosacea in adults with persistent redness, not temporary redness in response to triggers.
Even for people using rosacea medications, it is important to try to avoid triggers such as alcohol, hot beverages, or spicy foods.

How Does This Medicine Work?

Brimonidine gel is an alpha-2 adrenergic agonist. It works by activating alpha-2 adrenergic receptors, causing blood vessels of the face to constrict (narrow). This constriction causes an immediate but temporary reduction in redness.  

Brimonidine Gel Information

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