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Vessel constrictor: Vasocon is an otc vasocontrictor drop, which will temporarily constrict dilated ocular surface blood vessels and make the eye look "whiter". The effect wears off after a few hours, and it may be necessary to use the drops more and more to achieve the desired effect after a time. If your eyes are always irritated and look "bloodshot", it is best to see an eye md for diagnosis and advice. ...Read more
Use something else: Vasocon is a vasocontrictor which gives you temporary relief but in the long run can irritate your eyes even more. It shrinks your blood vessels on the surface of your eye making them look white. But when you stop, your vessels dilate again. Eventually, you have to keep using them and this leads to chronic irritation. Use regular artificial tears instead. ...Read more
Bad idea: Anytime you try to find cheap meds on line, you risk getting ones that are fake or contaminated. Furthermore, vasocon is a vasocontrictor which gives you temporary relief but in the long run can irritate your eyes even more. If you're looking for dry eye relief. Get artificial tears from a legitimate source. ...Read more
Naphazoline: Shrinks up the blood vessels of the eye so that the eye doesn't look as red. Not a good product and should be avoided. The blood vessels are there for a reason and making them go away doesn't fix the underlying problem causing the redness. Take care. ...Read more
For red eyes: This is a fast-acting vasoconstrictor and preparations usually contain lubricant as well. ...Read more
If an ophthalmic solution contains mostly polyethylene glycol and only 0.01% naphazoline it is a?
Vasoconstrictor: Naphazoline is a vasoconstrictor. It's purpose is to constrict the blood vessels on the white part of the eye thereby making the eye less red. While it is effective for short term relief, over use of this drug can actually lead to prolonged redness. ...Read more
Anti-allergic: This is an over the counter anti-histamine of reasonable potency. Most drops containing naphazoline are labeled as anti-allergic. There are practically no side effects. ...Read more
After a 5 year addiction to an eye drop containing naphazoline (used 2 to 5 times a week) I went cold turkey about a month ago. Will my eyes recover?
Yes: Yes, stay off the drops and give it time. You mau use some preservative free artificial tears--over the counter ...Read more
Could I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) & allergy eye drops (naphazoline & pheniramine maleate are active ingredients)?
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Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) & allergy eye drops (naphazoline & pheniramine maleate are active ingredients)? Thanks in advance.
Yes: There is no reason you can't take both together. ...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