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Are there any medications for glaucoma that you should take before flying?

Are there any medications for glaucoma that you should take before flying?

Flying eye pressure: The eye is filled with water and water is essentially non-compressible. The cabins are also pressurized.... Therefore, unless you have a gas in the eye (such as after a retinal detachment repair) then air travel is not an issue for eye pressure. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Chang
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Glaucoma (Definition)

A condition that causes damage to your eye's optic nerve and gets worse over time. It's often linked to a buildup of pressure inside your eye. Without treatment, glaucoma can cause total permanent blindness ...Read more


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I have regular glaucoma but I don't know what kind of medication I can take someone please help me?

See eye doctor: Since uncontrolled glaucoma can lead to blindness or significant vision loss , I urge you to see an eye doctor ASAP. The blindness can come on at any time. In the meanwhile, avoid all 1st generation antihistamine (Benadryl (diphenhydramine) etc), any drug with anti-cholinergic activities, and oral or injected steroid just to name a few until your eye doctor tells you otherwise. ...Read more

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Is there a drug for anxiety that I can take with narrow angle glaucoma?

Is there a drug for anxiety that I can take with narrow angle glaucoma?

Anxiety & glaucoma: Anxiety is a serious disorder. Treatment should be carefully monitored by a physician. A "quick fix" is not wise. Probably the safer group of anxiety drugs would be the beta blockers, but they are best indicated for phobias, fears and frights. They make work for a while but tend to be less effective with time. The moral is simple, your doctor can help better with a more comprehensive approach, . ...Read more

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Will latisse have interactions with other medications i take? I'm on an oral carbonic anhydrase inhibitor for glaucoma. Will using latisse have any adverse affect or interaction? Are there other medications or ointments that might be a problem if used tog

Should : Should not have any adverse affect but may result in an even lower eye pressure. You may see if you eye doctor can switch you form the carbonic anydrase inhibitor to Lumigan eye drops which will help the glaucoma and your lashes at the same time (lumigan and Latisse (bimatoprost) are the same medicine). ...Read more

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Is there a non-surgical option for glaucoma treatment? I have been gradually losing my peripheral vision and just found out I have glaucoma. Is there an option for glaucoma treatment other than surgery? I would rather take medication than have surgery on

YES: There are many different classes of eye medications that are typically used to treat glaucoma without surgery. Most physicians reserve glaucoma filtering surgery to cases were medication fails to lower the intraocular pressure adequately to prevent ongoing optic nerve damage. Alternatively, laser treatment can be used to lower iop much more safely than trabeculectomy surgery if appropriate. ...Read more

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What sleeping medication is safe to take if you have glucoma?

What sleeping medication is safe to take  if you  have  glucoma?

Few exceptions: Most commonly, glaucoma is an open angle form and there are no contraindications to sleep aides. Exceptionally are narrow angle glaucoma, neovascular glaucoma, and rarely forms of anterior segment dysgenesis. ...Read more

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Taking librax (clinidium and chlordiazepoxide) 2x/day. in past took Xanax before flying. is it still safe to take Xanax before my flight if I'm still on the librax (clinidium and chlordiazepoxide)?

Taking librax (clinidium and chlordiazepoxide) 2x/day. in past took Xanax before flying. is it still safe to take Xanax before my flight if I'm still on the librax (clinidium and chlordiazepoxide)?

Librax, (clinidium and chlordiazepoxide) Xanax: I understand your concern. Librax contains a Chlordiazepoxide which is a Benzodiazepine Xanax also is a Benzodiazepine Either medication can be used for Anxiety about flying. Both Medications combined can have side effects Drowsiness Confusion and Lack of coordination. Please see a Psychiatrist for Assessment of Anxiety, and management including monitoring of medication and dosage ...Read more

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I have intermittent AFIB and want to know if I should take more than low dose aspirin before flying.

I have intermittent AFIB and want to know if I should take more than low dose aspirin before flying.

Atrial fibrillation: the reason for the a-fib should be investigated, a-fib can lead clot formation with the atrium and clot embolism leading to a stroke, aspirin alone may not be sufficient, see a doctor for further evaluation ...Read more

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During upper respitory infection, is it helpful to take docongestant before flying to avoid ear pain upon decent?

During upper respitory infection, is it helpful to take docongestant before flying to avoid ear pain upon decent?

Yes, that can be: helpful, if you have no medical contraindication to doing so. The other, even more helpful thing to use, is Afrin nose spray, one spray each nostril 1 hour before landing (again, if there is no medical issue that would make this contraindicated). ...Read more

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I'm not taking medication for glaucoma. What will happen?

I'm not taking medication for glaucoma. What will happen?

Blindness?: If you have been diagnosed with glaucoma & your Eye MD has recommended treatment to preserve visual function, your eyesight will gradually diminish if you are not adherent to the recommendations. Up to 30-40% of patients don't properly use their eye medications & consequently their glaucoma progresses. Vision is a precious special sense & unfortunately often taken for granted. Why not protect it! ...Read more

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I'm out of glaucoma meds, is it safe to take expired drops?

I'm out of glaucoma meds, is it safe to take expired drops?

Of course: Hi. Yes, it's safe. Nothing magical happens on the expiration date. That's a time the company shows the FDA there is still drug activity; if the drug is stored properly, all drugs maintain activity beyond the exp. date. When you get a chance, refill the prescription. Good luck! ...Read more

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If I'm out of glaucoma meds, is it safe to take expired drops?

If I'm out of glaucoma meds, is it safe to take expired drops?

No: It is generally not advisable to use expired medications. Call you eye doctor for a refill. Ask them for a sample. Don't stop treatment. ...Read more

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I'm using allergan (combigan and ganfort) for an advanced glaucoma. Are these the best drugs for treating glaucoma, or are there better ones?

Glaucoma: Both combigan and ganfort are combination drops. Both contain timolol which would be unnecessary duplicate therapy with potential for side effects. This maybe something to address with your eye doc. However, it is often difficult to suggest alternatives in advanced glaucoma if a regimen is already working for you...a sort of ' don't fix what's not broken' approach. Good luck ...Read more

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Can cholesterol drugs cause glaucoma?

Benefit greatest: The greatest benefit for protection against glaucoma was in men with cardiovascular disease and high cholesterol. The authors believe statins might lower the risk of glaucoma by reducing atherosclerosis in the optic nerve, or by improving blood flow in the eye. Statins might also enhance the ability of cells just in front of the iris to drain excess fluid. ...Read more

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Can I take Excedrin if I have glaucoma?

Yes: There is no interaction between excedrin and glaucoma. If the excedrin can relieve your pain, then go for it. ...Read more

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