A 32-year-old member asked:
why shouldnt valium be used if you have narrow angle glaucoma?
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Dr. John Jarstad answered
36 years experience Ophthalmology
Could cause pressure: Valium is a muscle relaxant which selectively affects skeletal muscle fibers more than smooth muscle fibers found in the iris and pupil. The thinking would be that if Valium or diazepam relaxes the iris muscles it could trigger angle closure glaucoma -a medical emergency. I've never seen that happen to a patient on Valium and if you have a laser iridotomy it will prevent this.
Answered on Nov 14, 2020
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