Mirvaso Gel 30g

Mirvaso Gel 30g

Mirvaso Gel is a topical gel used to treat rosacea. Rosacea is a long-term skin condition affecting the face, resulting in swelling, pimples and redness. Mirvaso Gel works by reducing infection and inflammation, relieving the symptoms of rosacea.

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Mirvaso Gel is a topical gel used to treat rosacea. Rosacea is a long-term skin condition affecting the face, resulting in swelling, pimples and redness. Mirvaso Gel works by reducing infection and inflammation, relieving the symptoms of rosacea.

What is Mirvaso Gel?

Mirvaso Gel is a topical gel used to treat symptoms of rosacea. Rosacea is a long-term skin condition affecting the face, characterised by recurrent bouts of swelling, pimples and redness. Mirvaso Gel works to relieve the symptoms of rosacea.

Mirvaso Gel is applied to the face to treat redness of the skin, caused by rosacea in adults. The redness that is commonly seen with rosacea occurs due to high levels of blood flow to the facial skin, resulting in swelling (dilation) of the blood vessels.

For more information about Mirvaso Gel, consult the patient information leaflet.

How it works

Mirvaso Gel contains the active substance brimonidine which belongs to a group of medicines commonly referred to as “alpha agonists”. It works by stimulating alpha receptors found on the muscle in the walls of blood vessels. When applied, Mirvaso Gel acts to contract these blood vessels which reduces the excess blood flow and redness of the face.

Before you take it

Do not use Mirvaso Gel if you are allergic to brimonidine or any of the other ingredients of this medicine. Do not give this medicine to children and adolescents under the age of 18 years because the safety and efficacy has not been established for this age group. This is particularly important in children under the age of 2 years, who may be at greater risk of side effects from any of the medicine absorbed through the skin.

Mirvaso Gel may interact with other medications and must not be used if you are taking medication for depression or Parkinson’s disease, such as:

  • Monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors (for example selegiline or moclobemide)
  • Tricyclic antidepressants (such as imipramine)
  • Tetracyclic antidepressants (such as maprotiline, mianserin or mirtazapine)

Use of Mirvaso Gel when taking these medicines may result in a fall in blood pressure.

The use of this medication is also not advised if:

  • Your face or skin is irritated or has open wounds
  • You have problems with your heart or circulation
  • You have depression or blood flow problems
  • You have kidney or liver problems or have had them in the past
  • You have had, or plan or have any laser procedure on your skin

Also, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following:

  • Medicines used for the treatment of pain, sleep disorders, or anxiety disorders.
  • Medicines used for the treatment of psychiatric disorders (chlorpromazine) or used for hyperactivity (methylphenidate)
  • Medicines which act in the same way as Mirvaso Gel, such as other alpha agonists (e.g. clonidine); alpha blockers or alpha antagonists, (e.g. prazosin and isoprenaline)
  • Cardiac glycosides (e.g. digoxin), used to treat heart problems.
  • Blood pressure lowering medicine such as beta-blockers or calcium channel blockers (e.g. propranolol, amlodipine).

If any of the above applies to you, or if you are unsure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Mirvaso Gel should not be used during pregnancy or breast-feeding. This is because its effects on your unborn baby are unknown. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or just want more information, ask your doctor for advice before using this medicine.

Mirvaso Gel has no significant influence on the ability to drive and use machines.

Up to 1 in 6 patients may find that their redness gets worse than it was initially after using Mirvaso Gel. Such worsening of redness is common and usually develops within the first 2 weeks of treatment. Generally, it resolves quickly after treatment is stopped and the effect should gradually disappear within a few days in most cases. Before you restart the treatment, test it on a small area of the face on a day when you can stay at home. If you do not experience worsening of redness or burning, continue with the treatment as usual.

Dosage Instructions

Always use this medicine exactly as instructed on the packaging. Mirvaso is intended for adults and only for use on the skin of the face. Do not use this medicine on other parts of your body and do not swallow it. Always wash your hands before and after applying Mirvaso Gel. You must avoid use on the eyes, eyelids, lips, mouth, and the inside of the nose. Should any gel get onto these areas, wash them immediately with water.

Apply a thin layer once daily to the face. Spread Mirvaso Gel smoothly and evenly across your face. During the first week, start the treatment with a small amount of gel. If your symptoms remain the same or improve, you can gradually increase the amount of gel.

It is important not to exceed the maximum daily dose of 1g. If your symptoms worsen during treatment with Mirvaso Gel (increased redness, or burning), stop treatment and make an appointment to see your doctor .

Keep this medicine out of sight and reach of children and store in a cool, dry place. Do not use this medicine after the expiry date.

Common Side Effects of Mirvaso Gel

Like all medicines, Mirvaso Gel can cause side effects, although not everybody will experience them. Side effects are typically mild to moderate and only last a short period of time. The most common side effects may include:

  • Flushing
  • Excessive whitening (pallor) where the gel is applied
  • Skin redness, burning feeling of the skin or itching

More serious side effects can occur in rare cases. You should seek medical attention if you experience any of the following:

  • Angioedema (a serious allergic reaction usually with swelling of the face, mouth or tongue). Stop treatment and seek immediate help if this occurs.
  • Hypotension (blood pressure decreased)
  • Heart rate decreased (slow heart rate, known as bradycardia)

This is not an exhaustive list of warnings or interactions. For more information, consult your doctor or pharmacist before using Mirvaso Gel, or see the patient information leaflet.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use Mirvaso Gel while pregnant?

You should not use Mirvaso Gel during pregnancy or during breastfeeding as the affects on your unborn baby are unknown. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Can I still wear makeup with Mirvaso Gel?

In clinical studies, subjects were allowed to use makeup after Mirvaso Gel had dried.

Can I use Mirvaso Gel every day?

Yes, use Mirvaso Gel every day for as long as your doctor prescribes.

What happens if you forget to use Mirvaso?

Mirvaso works on a daily basis, starting with the first day of treatment. If you miss a daily dose, your redness will not be reduced for that day. Do not use a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.

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