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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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What allergy medicine is safe for glaucoma patients?

What allergy medicine is safe for glaucoma patients?

No risk: If you have been diagnosed with glaucoma, then all of the systemic allergy medications will not cause a problem. Any disclaimers relate to the uncommon angle closure glaucoma which your doctor has no doubt ruled out already if you have this diagnosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Essentially allergies occur when your immune system goes crazy and decides to has to fight against things it should be ignoring. The immune system of people without allergies simply ignores the pollen in the air or the dander on their cat while an allergic person's immune system creates cells to fight against the pollen or dander. The allergic reaction causes the ...Read more


Dr. Andrew Dahl
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
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What allergy medicine can glaucoma patients use.

What allergy medicine can glaucoma patients use.

All if open angle: Ppatients with open angle glaucoma can use all allergy medication. Allergy medications can rarely precipitate angle closure in patients with narrow or occludable angles. Ask you ophthalmologist whether you have open angles. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Dr. Michael Ham
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What if I have narrow angle glaucoma-- what allergy medications are safe?

Laser: Have you had laser peripheral iridotomy and/or goniotomy to prevent closure? The medications that can exacerbate angle closure are anything that dilates the eye, Antihistamines and decongestants; Asthma medicines; Motion sickness medicines, and some medicines used to treat depression (tricyclic antidepressants) ...Read more

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Dr. Doanh Nguyen
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
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Can you explain if it's safe to take pain medication and allergy medication at the same time?

Can you explain if it's safe to take pain medication and allergy medication at the same time?

Yes: Yes, you should be fine. Some pain medications make you drowsy as well as certain allergy medications. Just be careful if both cause drowsiness so taking them together might cause you to be very drowsy. ...Read more

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Dr. Susan Uhrich
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Dr. R. Wayne Inzer
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Is it safe to take allergy medication while pregnant?

Yes: Less is best, especially in 1st trimester. Benedryl and tylenol cold and sinus products are considered safe. ...Read more

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Dr. David Rosenthal
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Is it safe to take allergy medication if you're pregnant?

Is it safe to take allergy medication if you're pregnant?

See a physician: Different allergy medications have different risks, and they vary depending on when in your pregnancy you are taking them (1st trimester, 2nd trimester...). The reason why you are taking them also matters (life threatening allergic reaction, asthma, runny nose...). Don't decide yourself, ask your doctor what they recommend for your situation. Using nasal saline is always safe. ...Read more

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Dr. John Overholt
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Is it safe to mix nadolol (beta blocker) with allergy medication?

Is it safe to mix nadolol (beta blocker) with allergy medication?

Most: Beta blockers can sometimes make asthma worse and can also worsen nasal congestion, but there are no serious drug-drug interactions with allergy medications i'm aware of. ...Read more

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Dr. Dennis Clifford
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What allergy medication is safe to take if I am on diazepam and copd?

What allergy medication is safe to take if I am on diazepam and copd?

Several: Claritin, Allegra and zyrtec are safe and tend to cause less drowsiness than other antihistamines. Excessive drowsiness with diazepam can occur with chlorpheniramine or brompheniramine which are in many over the counter allergy medications. There is a theoretic concern of thickening sputum and causing more airflow obstruction. ...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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Hypersensitivity (Definition)

Hypersensitivity is a clinical term in which a normally tolerable trigger results in a larger than expected response. Examples include emotional responses to social situations, or sunburn from average amounts of sunlight that normally do ...Read more


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