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Can you contract cataracts from Flonase

A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Steroids & cataracts: Flonase is one of the inhaled steroid medications. In general, chronic (more than several months) use of steroids can be associated with cataract for... Read More
Dr. George Yang
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Steroids + cataracts: Long term steroid use is known to cause cataract formation. A cataract is essentially a cloudy lens, and occurs in everyone if you live long enough. ... Read More

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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Azelastine is an antihistamine and fluticasone is a steroid. Fluticasone has a potential to induce cataract when used for a prolonged period. However... Read More
Dr. Daniel Schainholz
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
For chronic allergies, azelastine is a lot safer. Fluticasone is a potent steroid that should not be used for more than six weeks continuously. The ri... Read More
A 74-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anthony Fritz
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Continue: If your fluticasone nasal spray is working well for you then keep taking it. There is no evidence yet that it has an affect on cataracts.
Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Yes: I agree with Dr. Fritz. No increased incidence of cataracts was shown in a fairly large study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2868867/ ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Risky: Starting just prior to 1900, topical anesthesia was available so cataract surgery could be performed painlessly. The procedure at the time involved o... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Layne Hermansen
Specializes in Family Medicine
Easily treated : Cataracts come in all sizes. They are easily treated by an opthalmologist. Help her reduce her worry. Very simple thing to have and to treat. The op... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Get second opinion: Cataracts that need surgery is a rare thing in this age range. I suggest a second opinion if surgery has been recommended.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Yes: All medications have an expiration date. Typically 12 months but check to make sure. An albuterol inhaler does have a two year expiration date and oth... Read More
A 75-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jay Bradley
LASIK Surgery 18 years experience
No: No. Cataracts can be removed surgically but cannot be reversed.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Perry
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Not recommended: It's probably safe to use, depending on how old it is--however, if the medication is expired, i would recommend getting a new nose spray.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Rosenfeld
Ophthalmology 41 years experience
Absolutely not: Marijuana has no effect on stopping the progression of cataract formation. It may be of benefit in lowering intraocular pressure and treating glaucom... Read More

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