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Beta Blockers Glaucoma
Systemic effects: Beta blocker drugs are effective agents to lower the internal eye pressure in treating glaucoma. There is some systemic absorption and in sensitive individuals non-selective blockers can lower the maximum heart rate, cause lung spasms and elevate the blood sugar. Selective blockers have less tendency to do these but if you are taking these agents, report changes to your ophthalmologist. ...Read more
One is more safe: Beta blockers can either block beta1 or beta2 receptors. Beta 1 receptors are in the heart and blocking them can cause the heart to slow down causing tiredness, irregular heart beat and shortness of breath....One of the drawbacks of timolol. Selective beta blockers such as betoptic (betaxolol) are supposed to have less of an effect of this type but are best avoided if a patient is sensitive to beta blockers. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Need advice on what is the the difference between selective and non selective beta blockers for glaucoma treatment?
My Mom has Graves' disease, acute glaucoma & had 1/2 a lung removed to cancer. She is allergic to beta blockers. What else can she use for glaucoma?
Glaucoma: There are several medication classes beside beta blocker that can be used to treat glaucoma. Plus depending on the severity and how acute the symptoms your mother suffers from, treatment can vary. It is best to have you mom seen by a local Opthalmologist since untreated glaucoma can lead to blindness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Since bystoilc is selective beta blocker(works on the heart only), can it still lower ocular pressure in glaucoma or does non selective bb is better ?
Yes: Systemic beta blockers(bb) can lower iop, but not as effectively as when a topical ophthalmic preparation is used. Selective vs non- selective bbs very in their potency at blocking beta receptors in the eye & heart. Non-selective bbs block both types of receptors(b1 & b2) and lower iop more than selective type( b1). The later type is thought to be a safer medication with less pulmonary side effect. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Which one is better to lower ocular pressure in open angle glaucoma. 5 mg amlodipine (calcium channel blocker) or 5 mg bystoilc ( beta blocker).?
How do high blood pressure medications (beta blockers) affect the course of glaucoma treatment with eye drops? My medication regimen consists of beta blockers for high blood pressure and anxiety-related chest pains. Recently, I have been diagnosed with mi
Beta-blockers: Beta blockers is a class of drugs that affect beta-adrinergic receptors. There are at least two of those that beta-blockers block, known as beta-1 and beta-2. They are found in different body tissues and blocking beta-1 and beta-2 receptors exercises certain effect on the tissues where those are located. Beta-blockers are frequently used in people with high blood pressure, arrhythmia, heart issues. ...Read more
Beta blockers: Beta blockers block beta receptors. Beta receptors are molecular structures on certain cells which when beta agonists attach to them cause effects like increased heart rate and blood pressure. The beta blockers attach and the beta agonists can't hook up and cause the increase in heart rate and blood pressure ...Read more
Receptor Blockers: Beta is short for beta adrenergic receptor and beta blockers inhibit these receptors that are stimulated primarily by epinephrine and norepinephrine, our "fight or flight" hormones. The importance in heart disease is that many disorders like a failing heart or heart attack are worsened by increased heart rate and demand on the heart. Beta blockers reduce this effect and help improve outcomes. ...Read more
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