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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
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 combigan™ Lumigan 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
TravatanZ made my eyelashes grow against my eyeball. I've been changed to combigan. Will my new lashes go away?
Reversible: There is evidence that the changes in eyelashes induced by Travatan is reversible. This may take months unfortunately as it has to do with changes in the hair growth cycle. Good luck. ...Read more
Travastanz caused my eyelashes to grow against my eyeball. Recently changed to Combigan - will new lashes go away?
Travatan Z: (and other drops similar to that) commonly cause increased eyelash growth and thickening. These side effects will gradually resolve since you switched to a different class of eye drops. ...Read more
Been on combigan for years. Just added lantaprost. Eyes now dry. Pressure 12 in medicated eye. Can I stop lantaprost since it has made dry eye worse?
Ask your doctor: Your doctor obviously added latanaprost for a reason, probably because your eye pressure was too high. So, if you just stop it, you will be back where you started. Ask your doctor about maybe switching to another eye drop instead. ...Read more
Are their any drops I can take to decrease the redness in my eyes caused by Combigan and lumigan drops I take for my open angle glaucoma?
Lumigan: Is the most likely culprit. Sometimes it can get better over time, instilling at bedtime helps. Assuming that you are already doing that, the only other thing would be to discuss alternatives with your doctor. ...Read more
I take travatan, combigan, and Trusopt in eye. My eye is very red most of time. Anything I can do to lessen the redness? No pain in eye. Just red.
Alter medications: The most likely cause for the redness is the Combigan. Talk with your ophthalmologist (you are seeing an MD for this-yes?) and see if you can adjust the medication and still get pressure lowering to the proper level with less or no redness. ...Read more
There are none...: Even the strongest opiates only "take the edge off" for people in chronic pain. Meds are only one part of dealing with the pain. A useful tool, but pain is so necessary for survival that we are not "allowed" to monkey with it much. In acute pain, the transition from miserable to less miserable can be great. In chronic pain, it's just part of the plan. ...Read more
Sometimes: Sometimes they are. For the most part, expired drugs simply lose potency once past their expiration date. There are, however, some drugs that actually become harmful if taken after they expire. As such, it is best to throw out any medications you have after a year. ...Read more
ASPRIN: Actually no one has decided on 'safest'. Asprin has been around since before you were born and unless you take too much (yes, too much of anything isn't good) most people are okay with it. If the pain it too severe for asprin you need to know what causes it. Good diagnosis is called for. See the dr. ...Read more
Applies to skin: Topical just refers to how a medication is applied. In this case to the skin and is meant to treat local skin problems. Some meds are applied to the skin but are meant to be absorbed into the body in which case we use the term "transdermal" since it is meant to pass through the skin to affect the whole body. ...Read more
Why R you depressed?: If your depression is affecting your life and/or those around you and you have trouble dealing with it or not knowing how to etc. It is very reasonable to seek help, either from a therapist, your physician/nurse, or both. Psychotherapy may be adequate for some, others may need both meds (many choices, depending on your symptoms/needs) and therapy. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
RSD, or: Complex regional pain syndrome can be difficult to treat and each patient needs to be treated differently. Opioid medications are definitely not the first option. Consider medications that affect nerve pain most, like neuromodulators such as gabapentin. Clonidine has been found to help some as well. Stellate ganglion blocks can be diagnostic/therapeutic. Consider topical ketamine creams as well. ...Read more
Antacid: An h2 blocker (like Pepcid (famotidine) or its generic) once or twice daily, provides relief for many after about a week. If this fails, a proton pump inhibitor (ppi--like Prilosec or its generic) will often work where h2's have failed. If both fail after at least one week trial of each, see your dr or a GI dr for eval. ...Read more
Elimiron: Elmiron (pentosan) is a medication that is fda approved for ic (interstitial cystitis). The main way it works is not truly known, but it may help with coating the lining of the bladder. In ic, inflammation may be the main cause of pain. Have you seen a doctor in regards to this? Hopefully, you can get the proper testing and see if this med would work well for you. ...Read more
Some people do: ADD medications, stimulants in particular may change the way you feel. Some feel calmer or less restless or agitated. Some feel more focused. Some feel increased restlessness. But in short, yes, stimulants can make you feel differently than prior to taking them. ...Read more
Clarify, please!: Do you want to know how to treat addiction? There are many addicting drugs out there and the medical treatment is different for all of them. But for all of them Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous are extremely helpful and can often be the only treatment required. Often these programs, which are free, have success rates equal to many inpatient and outpatient costly rehab programs. ...Read more
Drug reaction: If you are having an adverse reaction to a medication, stop the medication and call your doctor. ...Read more
And: And that means what medication?Get a more detailed answer ›
Its one of:
Many anti-depressant medications with a low side-effect high therapeutic profile. It can be used ALONG WITH other anti-depressants (eg Trazadone) for a combined effect!
Its a good choice and has a fairly rapid response!
Hope this helps!
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Relatively safe: If used as prescribed, most pain medications are relatively safe. The danger comes when they are misused or abused for recreation. ...Read more
In general: Beta blockers.Get a more detailed answer ›
Semantics: Certainly some people are very sensitive to medications as others are not. A good relationship with your provider should hopefully be able to get the proper dosing and medication that best suits each patients individual condition or scenario. Best wishes. ...Read more
That depends on the: Medication. You may suffer the side effects of the medication or in some cases you may have an unwanted effect because of the direct action of the medication. ...Read more
ABSOLUTELY: Hypertension is referred to as "the silent killer." there are no symptoms of high blood pressure...Until an organ fails, often catastrophically. (kidney / heart / brain / eyes / vessels). Needs brought under control asap, as part of issue is the chronicity (/duration) of time passed with pressures high. Diet/lifestyle alone will not fix, and weight loss (if applies) will take time--get on meds. ...Read more
Zubsolv: ZUBSOLV (buprenorphine and naloxone) sublingual tablet is a schedule III prescription medicine used to treat adults who are addicted to opioid drugs (either prescription or illegal) as part of a complete treatment program that also includes counseling and behavioral therapy. It is similar to Suboxone and Bunavil. ...Read more