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Narrow angle: Only certain untreated narrow angle glaucoma patients should be extra cautious with midol or any otc medications with antihistamines, decongestants or other ingredients that could partial dilate the pupil and induce an angle closure glaucoma attack. Ask your doctor if you are at risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you please tell me why it'srecommended that people with glaucoma don't take midol and the like?
Open angles are okay: Midol contains an antihistamine called pyrilamine. All antihistamines have a potential effect on patients with narrow angle glaucoma. The effects of the antihistamine can dilate the pupil, which in turn can congest the angle. This effect can be too much in a narrow angle eye where the angle is already compromised. This can lead to increased pressures inside the eye and worsen glaucoma. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: As usual, when taking multiple medications it is wise to keep track of any side-effects that you may experience. Always let your primary doctor know of any over-the-counter medications you are on. That being said, zyrtec (cetirizine) and midol should be safe to use together. If you take midol pm with zyrtec (cetirizine) however, you may get excessively sleepy, and this may lead to accidents. ...Read more
Drug interaction: Midol is non-sedating so it should not be a problem. You should however inform your prescribing physician of all medications, including over the counter medication, you are taking. ...Read more