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can i take excedrin if i have glaucoma?

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Dr. Robert Sterling
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If YouCanSeeThePills: Sure! But you shouldn't have glaucoma if you take Excedrin :) There is scant evidence of an association, let alone a causal relationship. In fact it is recommended for headache in one Glaucoma Journal! Of course, being the tender age that you are, be sure to take it in moderation and check to see if it interacts with any other medications you are taking. And get regular eye exams and all that...
Answered on Dec 19, 2016
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Dr. Jon Fishburn
29 years experience Ophthalmology
Regular excedrin: Yes, if it's regular excedrin. Consult with your eye physicianif you are considering excedrin PM. The latter has diphenhydramine, which is contraindicated in narrow angle glaucoma.
Answered on Oct 25, 2017
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Yes: There is no interaction between excedrin and glaucoma. If the excedrin can relieve your pain, then go for it.
Answered on Jul 31, 2018
Dr. Constance Okeke
20 years experience Ophthalmology
Open angles are okay: Excedrin contains phenylephrine, which has a potential effect on patients with NARROW angle glaucoma. The effects can transiently dilate the pupil, which in turn can congest the angle where the natural drainage system is. This effect can be too much in a narrow angle eye where the angle is already compromised. This can lead to acutely increased eye pressures and worsen glaucoma. Good luck!
Answered on May 29, 2015

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