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What allergy medicine can glaucoma patients use.

What allergy medicine can glaucoma patients use.

All if open angle: Ppatients with open angle glaucoma can use all allergy medication.

Allergy medications can rarely precipitate angle closure in patients with narrow or occludable angles.

Ask you ophthalmologist whether you have open angles. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Chang
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What is the safest anti anxiety medicine for glaucoma patient?

What is the safest anti anxiety medicine for glaucoma patient?

None are safest: The standard treatment of an anxiety d/o is the triad of temporary Benzodiazepine use, intermediate antidepressant use and talk therapy (like CBT). SSRIs are not contraindicated in glaucoma but there is an elevated risk, so they're best avoided. As for Benzo use, they're not a good idea long term or without the other two parts of the treatment. That leaves us with CBT and lifestyle adjustments. ...Read more

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Which cold medicine can my father on blood pressure medicines with glaucoma take?

Which cold medicine can my father on blood pressure medicines with glaucoma take?

Angle closure risk: Angle closure glaucoma is rare but not everyone who has the potential for this condition has been treated, or even knows that they have it. Ask your father if he has open angle glaucoma, and then the most common cold medicines are safe to use. Generally avoid one with decongestants if you are on certain types of blood pressure meds, your family doctor can advise you if this is an issue. ...Read more

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What cold medicines can my father on blood pressure medicines with glaucoma take?

What cold medicines can my father on blood pressure medicines with glaucoma take?

Avoid if narrow angl: Only a narrow occludable angle without a patent laser iridotomy is at risk for pupillary block angle closure induced by otc cold meds. A narrow angle needs to be found preventatively on gonioscopy exam in the office. ...Read more

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What allergy medicine is safe for glaucoma patients?

What allergy medicine is safe for glaucoma patients?

No risk: If you have been diagnosed with glaucoma, then all of the systemic allergy medications will not cause a problem. Any disclaimers relate to the uncommon angle closure glaucoma which your doctor has no doubt ruled out already if you have this diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can I start use my glaucoma medicines after 1 month of having it?

Can I start use my glaucoma medicines after 1 month of having it?

Yes: If you were prescribed glaucoma treatment medication, than your ophthalmologist (you are seeing an ophthalmologist aren't you?) has felt that they will protect your eye from elevated pressure. You may have had elevate pressure long before it was first detected, so you should start the medication as soon as you get it and as prescribed. ...Read more

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Can I use my glaucoma medicines before swimming?

Can I use my glaucoma medicines before swimming?

Yes: Close your eyes for a minute after putting the drop in the lower lid sac, and it should be absorbed. ...Read more

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Glaucoma medicine have to be put exactly at the same time every day?

Glaucoma medicine have to be put exactly at the same time every day?

Ideally: Ideally scheduled medicines should be taken around the same time to achieve steady blood levels but a bit of variation is sometimes inevitable and acceptable ...Read more

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What medicines can my father with glaucoma take?

What medicines can my father with glaucoma take?

No limits: If you father is taking medication to treat glaucoma, then he has most likely had a diagnosis of open angle glaucoma (oag). There are no limits to other medication he can take simultaneously. There is a type of glaucoma called narrow angle for which disclaimers are listed on medication "do not take if you have glaucoma"- but these are for a type he doesn't have. ...Read more

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I heard that some glaucoma medicines can change the eye color. Can someone who is healthy take it?

I heard that some glaucoma medicines can change the eye color. Can someone who is healthy take it?

Take if needed: There is a class of anti-glaucoma drugs which can turn hazel and light brown eyes into a darker color. This has no interaction with the effectveness of the drug to lower eye pressure. If you need the drug to protect your eye for elevated pressure, then don't worry about the color. ...Read more

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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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Is any drug useful for glaucoma to preserve field of vision?

Yes: There are many eye medications that have been shown to be very useful in the management of glaucoma. Unfortunately, it may continue to progress and appropriate treatment may include surgical intervention and/or eye medications. ...Read more

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What medicines can be prescribed in place of travatan for glaucoma?

What medicines can be prescribed in place of travatan for glaucoma?

Options: There are several classes of medications to consider for the treatment. Depending on your health, other than the prostaglandin analogue class (travatan, others), alpha agonists (brimonidine), beta antagonists (timolol, others), carbonic anhydrase inhibitors (dorzolamide, others), parasympathomimetics (pilocarpine, others), & hyperosmotics (not used by patient). Also, laser treatment is a consideration ...Read more

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What medicines can be prescribed in place of travatan for glaucoma?

Many: There are several other drops in the same class as travatan. Two are generic (latanoprost and transports) as well as zioptan, lumigan and rescula. There are then 4 other classes of eye drop medications that can be used -beta blockers, carbonic anhydrase inhibitors, alpha adrenergics and parasympathetics. Beyond eye drops there is a laser as well. ...Read more

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I have just been diagnosed with anatomic narrow angle. No glaucoma. What medicines should I not take?

Look on the labels: The majority of medications that list warnings about glaucoma have to do with the concern of people with narrow angles. There are components of medications, like antihistamines, that have a dilating effect on the pupil of the eye. This can congest the area where eye fluid naturally drains and cause an increase in eye pressure. Your doctor should advise you more closely on this. Good luck! ...Read more

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Use travatan z for glaucoma w/minimal side effects. If a 2nd class of drug is added will there be bothersome side effects?

Generally no!: Each class of medication has its own side effects. These drops generally do not amplify each other's side effect! However... More drops means more preservatives which my cause irritation. ...Read more

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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

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Glaucoma 35 years. Pressure 8 and 17. Dr. Wants to laser as 3 drugs I am now on won't lower pressure below 17. Thought 17 was in normal range.

Glaucoma: Would get a second opinion as 17 is not that high. How are you doing on visual filed testing? Is it normal or showing evidence of glaucoma effects? Though usually above 20 is a concern, there is an entity called normal tension glaucoma where you can have damage at normal optic pressures. F/U with second opinion and discuss normal pressure glaucoma and visual field defects with your doctor. ...Read more

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What antianxiety drugs can be used with narrow angle lenses suspect glaucoma?

Unlikely: It is unlikely. A better way to approach this risk is to remove it completely with a minor laser procedure. Ask your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Why is Xalatan (latanoprost) (anti-glaucoma drug) advised to be used in the evening?

Convenience: This useful anti glaucoma drop is commonly presicribed for use at bedtime just for convenience and remembrance with a bottle at the bedside or next to the toothbrush. It could be taken at some other time on a regular basis. Some note that the internal eye pressure is highest in the wee hours of the morning so bedtime use gets a little extra effect at that time. ...Read more

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Is there a drug for anxiety that I can take with narrow angle glaucoma?

Anxiety & glaucoma: Anxiety is a serious disorder. Treatment should be carefully monitored by a physician. A "quick fix" is not wise. Probably the safer group of anxiety drugs would be the beta blockers, but they are best indicated for phobias, fears and frights. They make work for a while but tend to be less effective with time. The moral is simple, your doctor can help better with a more comprehensive approach, . ...Read more

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I am a health care worker & routinely we give robinul iv 2 our wisdom teeth cases & if a Pt has glaucoma Dr should not administer this drug correct?

Your OMFS: Is highly trained in anesthesia and will have evaluated the patients history. If you fear (s)he has missed this condition, ask him/her about it in private. ...Read more

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I have glaucoma since I was born. What should I do? I'm.Using some medicines for my eyes they're cosopt, xalatan, (latanoprost) alphagan p.Is glaucoma temporary or? ..

Keep following up: Congenital glaucoma is a life long condition. It is vital that you see your doctor regularly. Even though you may be well controlled now, things may change and eventually may need surgery. Use your drops on schedule also. ...Read more

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Is glaucoma inherited genetically? My father has a lot of trouble dealing with his glaucoma problem. He is using eye drops and other medicines. He is even considering having a surgery next year. What are the things I can do to be prepared in case I inheri

Is glaucoma inherited genetically? My father has a lot of trouble dealing with his glaucoma problem. He is using eye drops and other medicines. He is even considering having a surgery next year. What are the things I can do to be prepared in case I inheri

You: You are correct that there are some genetic predispositions for glaucoma. There are several types of glaucoma and some are more genetic than others. I recommend a full eye examination to look for several risk factors for glaucoma. Depending on your individual risk then you might want an annual eye exam in order to detect any development or progression of the disease.

Best regards,
jc. ...Read more

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How effective is medical marijuana as a glaucoma treatment? I'm curious if medical marijuana can reduce intraocular pressure. Some of the drugs my doctor has prescribed for my glaucoma haven't worked that well. Is medical marijuana a good glaucoma treatme

How effective is medical marijuana as a glaucoma treatment? I'm curious if medical marijuana can reduce intraocular pressure. Some of the drugs my doctor has prescribed for my glaucoma haven't worked that well. Is medical marijuana a good glaucoma treatme

No: It is the active ingredient of marijuana, thc, that lowers the pressure in the eye. In order for a glaucoma medication to be effective, it must lower the pressure all of the time. So for marijuana to be effective, you would have to high all of the time, even when asleep. ...Read more

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Which one of the following blood pressure medicine arb, diuretic, or calcium channel blocker can lower ocular pressure best in open angle glaucoma.?

Which one of the following blood pressure medicine arb, diuretic, or calcium channel blocker can lower ocular pressure best in open angle glaucoma.?

Only beta-blockers: Will lower your eye pressure and your blood pressure. Diuretics (except carbonic anhydrase inhibitors which are not used to treat hypertension) or calcium channel blockers have no effect on eye pressure. ...Read more

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My doctor is putting me on glacoma medicine low dose for swollen optic nerves. Is this the right choice? Spinal tap came back fine

My doctor is putting me on glacoma medicine low dose for swollen optic nerves. Is this the right choice? Spinal tap came back fine

Depends: If your opening pressure on CSF tap is normal then using brimonidine can be a rational choice. First need to rule out pseudo-swelling and an ultrasound of the eye to rule out optic disc drusen is in order. Need to see an ophthalmologist for this. Usually a retinal specialist ...Read more