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Why Valium cannot be used if you have narrow angle glaucoma?

Why Valium cannot be used if you have narrow angle glaucoma?

Valium: As muscle relaxant, it widens opening behind eye which increases pressure inside the eye which is a term for glaucoma. ...Read more

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Valium (Definition)

Valium (diazepam) is an older benzodiazepine tranquilizer. It was the #1 prescribed drug (of any kind) in the us in the late 1960s but is used less now due to drug interactions and active metabolites. It is still used for anxiety and as "pre-medication" for uncomfortable medical and minor surgical procedures. It is habit-forming, should not be used with alcohol, ...Read more


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Why should Valium not be used if I have narrow angle glaucoma?

Why should Valium not be used if I have narrow angle glaucoma?

Pressure can rise: Valium is in a class of drugs that the fda has listed as a contraindication because of a potential further reduction in the angle of the eye responsible for passage of the eye fluid. If that angle is already narrow, any further narrowing may result in blockage of fluid flow causing the eye pressure to build up and cause redness, pain, and glaucoma damage to the eye nerve, which can be permanent. ...Read more

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Why shouldnt Valium be used if you have narrow angle glaucoma?

Why shouldnt Valium be used if you have narrow angle glaucoma?

Could cause pressure: Valium is a muscle relaxant which selectively affects skeletal muscle fibers more than smooth muscle fibers found in the iris and pupil. The thinking would be that if valium or diazepam relaxes the iris muscles it could trigger angle closure glaucoma -a medical emergency. I've never seen that happen to a patient on valium and if you have a laser iridotomy it will prevent this. ...Read more

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How is it that Valium should not be used if you have narrow angle glaucoma?

How is it that Valium should not be used if you have narrow angle glaucoma?

It depends: Valium belongs in a class of medications that, in theory, could precipitate an angle closure attack (as a weak anticholinergic). In practice, this is not an absolute contraindication. What is more important is to ensure that your narrow angles are managed by your ophthalmologist (either with laser+/-medication). ...Read more

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I have glacoma with pretty bad nerve damage. Can I use 5mg - 10 mg of valium as a sleep aid (just had total knee replacement) ? Thank you so much. Bob

I have glacoma with pretty bad nerve damage.  Can I use  5mg - 10 mg of valium as a sleep aid (just had total knee replacement) ?

Thank you so much.   Bob

Anxiety: Valium is not a Medication for insomnia. 10 mg at bed time is high dose and can have side effects; taking Alcohol wit it can increase side effects. It is habit forming. You have gone through stresses of Glaucoma and Total Knee Replacement. Seeing Psychiatrist for Therapy and discussing Medication for Anxiety and sleep will be beneficial. Do Breathing and Music Relaxation, Meditation, Yoga ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: valium?

Please describe the medication: valium?

Tranquilizer: Valium (diazepam) is an older benzodiazepine tranquilizer. It was the #1 prescribed drug (of any kind) in the us in the late 1960s but is used less now due to drug interactions and active metabolites. It is still used for anxiety and as "pre-medication" for uncomfortable medical and minor surgical procedures. It is habit-forming, should not be used with alcohol, and may impair driving. ...Read more

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Is there only 5 mg in the roche 10 valium?

shouldn't be: All medications, whether branded or generic, sold in the United States, are required by the food and drug administration (fda) to have plus or minus twenty per cent of the stated dose to be legal. So a medication which states 10mg can have between 8 and 12 mgs, which for some patients, may make a noticeable difference in their treatment. But 50 % difference should not be possible. ...Read more

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