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Can people with acute narrow-angle glaucoma take xanax (alprazolam)?

Can people with acute narrow-angle glaucoma take xanax (alprazolam)?

Yes and no: After a thorough eye exam with gonioscopy, it my be determined by your ophthalmologist that a prophylactic laser iridotomy will free you to use medications that otherwise would be contraindicated with a narrow angle. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Chang
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Glaucoma (Definition)

Glaucoma refers to a group of eye conditions that lead to damage to the optic nerve, the nerve that carries visual information from the eye to the brain. In many cases, damage to the optic nerve is due to increased pressure in the eye, also known ...Read more


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Why can't people with acute narrow angle glaucoma take xanax (alprazolam)?

Why can't people with acute narrow angle glaucoma take xanax (alprazolam)?

Glaucoma and xanax (alprazolam): Xanax (alprazolam) may cause increased pressure in the eyes. This may make glaucoma worse. Ask your local ophthalmologist if it is safe to use this medicine if you have glaucoma or are a glaucoma suspect. ...Read more

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Why can't people with acute narrow-angle glaucoma take Xanax (alprazolam) at all?

Why can't people with acute narrow-angle glaucoma take Xanax (alprazolam) at all?

Can trigger episode: Xanax (alprazolam) can cause involuntary twitching of muscle fibers. If you have acute narrow angle glaucoma, where the fluid in your eye has trouble draining, an involuntary twitch of the iris dilator muscle can completely block your eye fluid from draining. This will cause your eye pressure to increase rapidly and cause severe glaucoma. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why can't people with acute narrow-angle glaucoma take xanax (alprazolam)?

May raise pressure: Xanax (alprazolam) can cause intraocular pressure in the eyes to go up. Even though it is generally a muscle relaxant, it may cause muscle spasms in the iris which controls the size of your pupil. If the iris contracts and blocks drainage of fluid in your eye, then pressure can build up and you may experience severe pain, blurry vision ; nausea/ vomiting. U should check w/ an ophthalmologist re: glaucoma tx. ...Read more

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Curious as to why can't people with acute narrow-angle glaucoma take xanax (alprazolam)?

They can: People who have narrow-angle glaucoma can be cured with a simple laser procedure, and then there is limitation on drug use. ...Read more

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Which antidepressant can someone take, if he has acute narrow angle glaucoma?

Which antidepressant can someone take, if he has acute narrow angle glaucoma?

Speak with your doc: Certain antidepressants have been associated with causing narrow angles to worsen. This can increase your risk of an acute narrow angle glaucoma attack, which is sight-threatening. An acute attack is incredibly painful and needs immediate treatment in order to prevent blindness. See an eye doctor to discuss your glaucoma and speak with your psychiatrist about medication choices as well. ...Read more

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Are there antidepressants you can take when you have acute narrow angle glaucoma?

Glaucoma: If the glaucoma has been treated with laser pi, and the eye pressure is ok, then it is ok to take the antidepressants, as long as your ophthalmologist is aware. ...Read more

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Define narrow angle glaucoma?

Narrow angle highiop: Narrow angle glaucoma is a condition where the eye pressure is elevated due to mechanical blockage of the trabecular meshwork by the peripheral iris. ...Read more

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What is narrow-angle glaucoma?

What is narrow-angle glaucoma?

Anatomical Proble: Angle closure glaucoma is far less common than open angle glaucoma. The pathology is based on an anatomical narrowing of the drainage site where fluid made inside the eye drains out. Think plumbing: a clogged drain backs up, and in the eye the pressure increases dramatically. Very painful and vision can be lost entirely in a few hours. High risk patients should be treated, but only if high risk. ...Read more

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