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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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A condition of increased pressure in the eyes that leads ...Read more


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Can tricor (fenofibrate) cause glaucoma?

Not usually: The side effects could be any from tricor (fenofibrate) but tthe glaucoma is not a known side effect. ...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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Can statins cause blindness?

Can statins cause blindness?

Contraversial: “the news that a cholesterol-lowering drug could provide protection from the irreversible sight loss caused by glaucoma will be welcomed by those of us at risk of developing the condition in later life. However, further investigation is urgently needed before statins could be used in the future treatment of glaucoma.”. ...Read more

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Which drugs reduce cholesterol levels?

Which drugs reduce cholesterol levels?

Cholesterol Meds: Medications that lower cholesterol well include Simvastatin, Atorvastatin, Rosuvastatin. These medications also have benefit in reducing the risk of heart disease. Zetia (ezetimibe) is decent in combination with one of the aforementioned medication, but not by itself. Niacin helps too. ...Read more

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Can fanapt (iloperidone) cause high cholestorol?

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Can fanapt (iloperidone) cause high cholestorol?

Fanapt (iloperidone): In susceptible individuals, although very infrequent, dose-related & depends on length of time being on it. Same for all other new generation antipsychotics. ...Read more

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Which meds besides statins and fibrates to treat high cholesterol?

It's not a statin.: Zetia (ezetimibe) is a cholesterol absorption blocker. By itself, it can lower LDL levels by 18%, which is relatively weak compared to some statins. However, when combined with a statin, it can give much more significant LDL lowering. Ask your doctor if this medication is right for you. Welchol (colesevelam) is a cholesterol absorption blocker of a different type, which may also be effective. ...Read more

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Can carbamazepine cause glaucoma?

Can carbamazepine cause glaucoma?

Maybe: Tegretol is an anti-cholinergic medication and may cause acute pressure increases in those with narrow anatomical drainage angles (closed angle glaucoma). It is generally safe in patients with open-angle glaucoma but should be observed closely. ...Read more

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Does mevacor (lovastatin) for high cholestorol cause eye symptoms or blurred vision?

Does mevacor (lovastatin) for high cholestorol cause eye symptoms or blurred vision?

Generally not: Mevacor (lovastatin) or Lovastatin is a very popular cholesterol lowering medication and has been around for many years. It was previously thought to increase the rate of cataract formation but studies in the early 90s essentially disproved this. In large studies, approximately 1% of patients note blurry vision, but it's not clear whether this is related to use of Mevacor (lovastatin) or some other unrelated cause. ...Read more

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Can high cholesterol cause heart disease?

Can high cholesterol cause heart disease?

Yes: High cholesterol (mainly the ldl) is a risk factor for development of coronary artery disease. It is most important in patients with other "risk factors" like diabetes, smoking, hypertension, family history & obesity. ...Read more

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Can glaucoma drops such as Combigan and lumigan cause ed.

Can glaucoma drops such as Combigan and lumigan cause ed.

Not likely: Ed can be a troubling, and exacerbated by some medications. Beta blockers have this warning in the labeling of the medication. Taking beta blockers orally has a significantly higher chance for this side effect than taken topically, as in combiganLumigan doesn't have this side effect. If ed is significant problem and the Combigan is the last thing on the potential list, have doc stop, then ??. ...Read more

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Can statins or any diabetic medication cause pulptation?

Not generally.: Statins and antidiabetic meds are not generally associated with palpitations. Very high ( uncommon) or low blood sugars ( more common) could cause palpitations. ...Read more

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Can alcohol cause high cholesterol?

Can alcohol cause high cholesterol?

Sometimes: Actually, low doses of alcohol (1-2 drinks/day in men, 1 drink/day in women), and especially if the drink is red wine, actually raises the good cholesterol. If the good cholesterol (HDL) goes way up, that can raise total cholesterol, but if the bad cholesterol (ldl) remains less than 180 or so, the overall effect on health is positive. Exercise and health eating is a better way raise hdl. ...Read more

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Can statin drugs increase creatinine level?

Can statin drugs increase creatinine level?

Yes: While very uncommon, all of the statin drugs have been known to cause muscle injury. The release from injured muscle of a substance called myoglobin can plug up the kidneys and cause the creatinine to rise. However, under those circumstances there is usually significant muscle pain or weakness and often the urine has a reddish appearance. Also a muscle enzyme (CPK) will be strikingly elevated. ...Read more

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Is glaucoma related to diabetes?

Is glaucoma related to diabetes?

Yes: Uncontrolled diabetes can cause neovascular glaucoma, but not in everyone. There may be an association between primary open angle glaucoma and diabetes but there is conflicting evidence. ...Read more

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Is smoking marijuana dangerous for eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusion or any other eye disorder?

Is smoking marijuana dangerous for eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusion or any other eye disorder?

YES: Smoke contains particulate matter ; is the residue of something burning or being burned. Smoke gets into the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, mouth, lungs, hair, pores of the skin etc. Sulfur and carbon monoxide are prominent elements of smoke along with 3000 other chemicals which likely cause cancer or are toxic to tissues. So, smoking anything is bad for your health if healthy let alone if ill. ...Read more

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Can blood pressure medications cause certain sexual side effects?

Can blood pressure medications cause certain sexual side effects?

Talk to your Doctor: If you have problems with erections during sex, talk with your doctor. Some high blood pressure medications can cause this problem. Reducing the dose or changing to another type of medication may help. But high blood pressure itself can also cause erectile dysfunction. ...Read more

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Will cholesterol meds cause bowel issues?

Will cholesterol meds cause bowel issues?

Some of them: There are several kinds of medicines for lowering bad cholesterols. The meds that prevent the intestines from absorbing fat from the food will leave some fat in the intestines. Undigested fats go out in the stool, so can cause some gassiness, loose stools, and / or worse smelling stools. The doctor can adjust the med doses or change the combination of meds, to keep side effects at a minimal. ...Read more

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Lipitor (atorvastatin) and statins. Are there other statins, which is clinically proven not to cause adverse effects in liver? .

Lipitor (atorvastatin) and statins.  Are there other statins, which is clinically proven not to cause adverse effects in liver? .

All statins: Can have liver effects...Uncommon but this is why liver function tests are monitored with statin therapy. ...Read more