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Can cholesterol drugs cause glaucoma?

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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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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78 y/o mother had TIA while prescribed Cardizem. BP still 220/125. Cholesterol was 262 untreated. Was cholesterol the cause? why didn't BP drug work?

78 y/o mother had TIA while prescribed Cardizem. BP still 220/125. Cholesterol was 262 untreated. Was cholesterol the cause? why didn't BP drug work?

Risk factors: The elevation of cholesterol is not directly the cause of the TIA, as a different lipid, triglycerides, is more closely related to cerebrovascular disease. However, the blood pressure is a risk factor for cerebral hemorrhage and must be better controlled. There are multiple medications which help, so, have an internist address this looming problem ASAP!!! ?Start an anti platelet agent? ...Read more

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Do cholesterol lowering drugs cause muscle atrophy?

Do cholesterol lowering drugs cause muscle atrophy?

Muscle effects: The effect on muscle tissue depends on the the particular cholesterol lowering drug. Drugs like statins(Lipitor, etc) can cause muscle aches(myalgias) to as severe as myopathy(muscle dysfunction/injury). The myopathy can lead to atrophy. Fibric acid derivates can do this too. Remember though, the more severe muscle issues are very rare on the order of 1-5%. ...Read more

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I have moderately elevated cholesterol levels, and am prescribe statin drugs. Which control it nicely, but cause erectile dysfunction. Alternatives?

Different dose or me: Compliance with medication is affected when problems arise, especially ed. Try switching to a different statin, lower the dose & combine with another cholesterol medication. Consider a stress test b/c ED and coronary artery blockage are connected. Decrease your animal fat including dairy and eat more plants. Add coq10 200mg to help with statin side effects and fish oil to help with triglyceride. ...Read more

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What can cause the blurriness in glaucoma?

Vision loss: Blurriness can also be caused by extremely high eye pressure and corneal edema, inflammation, side effects from medications or surgery. If your vision has become blurry you should definitely consult with your eye physician asap. It may be reversible. ...Read more

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Can liquor cause your cholesterol to increase?

Can liquor cause your cholesterol to increase?

Triglycerides: Depending on the type of alcohol, the sugar content may raise your triglycerides, which would then raise your total cholesterol. Alcohol is a carb, not a fat. ...Read more

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What are the possible causes of lower than normal cholesterol?

What are the possible causes of lower than normal cholesterol?

Below: Look at the internet for complete answer, but here is a summary of possible causes. Possible causes of low cholesterol are:[citation needed] statins hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid gland adrenal insufficiency liver disease malabsorption (inadequate absorption of nutrients from the intestines), such as in celiac disease malnutrition abetalipoproteinemia - a rare genetic disease that causes cholesterol readings below 50 mg/dl. It is found mostly in Jewish populations.[2] hypobetalipoproteinemia - a genetic disease that causes cholesterol readings below 50 mg/dl[2] manganese deficiency Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome Marfan syndrome leukemias and other hematological diseases[3] ...Read more

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Can trauma cause glaucoma?

Can trauma cause glaucoma?

Yes: Damage to the lens of the eye, or damage to the fluid circulation system in the eye can lead to glaucoma. ...Read more

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