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The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.

Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.

Mirvaso Gel (Brimonidine)


Mirvaso Gel (Brimonidine)

Prescription Required

0.33% Gel 30g
0.33% Gel 30g

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  • Product Details


    Mirvaso gel is a topical medication applied to areas of the face. Your healthcare provider may prescribe it to treat rosacea.

    Rosacea is a skin condition with redness and visible blood vessels in the face. Other symptoms include red pus-filled bumps, dry skin, swollen nose, enlarged pores, and bumps on the eyelids. It can be mistaken for acne.

    The most common sufferers are women between 30-50 with light skin.

    Mirvaso contains the medication brimonidine, which is a selective alpha-2 adrenergic agonist. This type of medication constricts (tightens) the blood vessels of the face, treating rosacea.

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    5 ± 3%

    Legal status


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    Elimination half-life

    12 hours

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    No Known Risk


    Alphagan, Mirvaso

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    Apply a small (pea-sized) amount to the face once daily. Mirvaso gel should be applied to the forehead, chin, cheeks, and nose.

    Do not get Mirvaso in the eyes or on the lips.

    Wash hands thoroughly after using this medication. 


    Mirvaso gel contains brimonidine 0.33% as the active ingredient.

    Inactive ingredients of Mirvaso include carbomer homopolymer type B, glycerin, methylparaben, phenoxyethanol, propylene glycol, purified water, sodium hydroxide, and titanium dioxide.


    Mirvaso is a topical medication and does not have many interactions with other medications.

    However, since it constricts blood vessels, use caution with other medications that work the same way.

    Examples include:

    • Alpha agonists
    • Beta-blockers
    • Cardiac glycosides
    • Loop diuretics
    • Thiazide diuretics


    Mirvaso is only for use on the face. Do not use it in the eyes, mouth, or vagina.

    Tell your doctor if you have a history of cardiovascular issues. Brimonidine constricts the blood vessels and can cause vascular insufficiency.

    Side Effects

    Mirvaso gel side effects include:

    • Contact dermatitis 
    • Erythema
    • Flushing
    • Skin burning sensation


    1. Mirvaso Gel [package insert]. Fort Worth, TX: Galderma labs.; 2013.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Mirvaso Gel (Brimonidine)

    What is Mirvaso Gel, and what is it used for?

    Mirvaso Gel is a prescription medication containing brimonidine. It is primarily used to treat persistent facial redness (erythema) caused by rosacea in adults.

    How does Mirvaso Gel work to reduce facial redness?

    Mirvaso Gel works by constricting the blood vessels in the skin, which helps reduce redness and the appearance of flushing associated with rosacea.

    Is Mirvaso Gel suitable for all skin types?

    Mirvaso Gel is generally suitable for individuals with rosacea-related facial redness. However, it's essential to consult with a healthcare provider to determine if it's the right treatment for your specific skin type and condition.

    How should I apply Mirvaso Gel?

    Apply a thin layer of Mirvaso Gel to the affected areas of your face once daily, in the morning. Be sure to follow your healthcare provider's instructions carefully.

    When can I expect to see results with Mirvaso Gel?

    Mirvaso Gel can provide noticeable results in reducing facial redness within 30 minutes of application. However, individual responses may vary.

    Are there any potential side effects of Mirvaso Gel?

    Common side effects of Mirvaso Gel may include redness, flushing, and a burning or tingling sensation at the application site. It is essential to discuss potential side effects and any concerns with your healthcare provider.

    Can Mirvaso Gel be used with other skincare products or makeup?

    You can use skincare products and makeup after applying Mirvaso Gel once it has dried on your skin. Be cautious about products that may exacerbate redness or irritation and consult with your healthcare provider if you have questions.

    Is Mirvaso Gel safe for long-term use?

    Mirvaso Gel is generally safe for short-term use to manage rosacea-related redness. Long-term use should be discussed with your healthcare provider, as they can provide guidance based on your specific needs.

    Can Mirvaso Gel be used during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?

    It is essential to inform your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as the safety of Mirvaso Gel during these periods has not been adequately studied.

    Where can I obtain a prescription for Mirvaso Gel?

    A prescription for Mirvaso Gel can be obtained from a healthcare provider, such as a dermatologist or primary care physician. They will assess your condition and determine if this medication is appropriate for you.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 13279

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