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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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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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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 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

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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 narrow angle glaucoma can I take zrytec?

I have narrow angle glaucoma can I take zrytec?

Yes: Zyrtec (cetirizine) will not affect this condition. If you have had this diagnosis, hopefully you have seen an ophthalmologist who can apply a curative laser treatment and take away any risk you might have. ...Read more

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What if I have narrow angle glaucoma-- what allergy medications are safe?

Laser: Have you had laser peripheral iridotomy and/or goniotomy to prevent closure? The medications that can exacerbate angle closure are anything that dilates the eye, Antihistamines and decongestants; Asthma medicines; Motion sickness medicines, and some medicines used to treat depression (tricyclic antidepressants) ...Read more

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Can people who have narrow angle glaucoma use contact lenses?

Can people who have narrow angle glaucoma use contact lenses?

Of course: If you know you have narrow angle glaucoma, you probably have had the diagnosis made and the treatment (laser peripheral iridotomy) already administered. There is no relationship between these features and the ability to wear contacts. So if that is your wish, discuss with you ophthalmologist to get the proper design and fit. ...Read more

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Define narrow angle glaucoma?

Narrow angle highiop: Narrow angle glaucoma is a condition where the eye pressure is elevated due to mechanical blockage of the trabecular meshwork by the peripheral iris. ...Read more

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Narrow angle glaucoma---who gets it? What is that?

Serious eye problem: Angle closure is when the outflow of aqueous humor is completely blocked and the eye pressure builds up to dangerous levels potentially causing blindness sometimes within 24 hours. It is more common in asian and native american populations particularly in alaskan eskimos. ...Read more

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What are some early signs of narrow angle glaucoma?

Pain, blur: Intermittent or early angle closure may have no symptoms, or may manifest with pain, aching over the brow, blurred vision, seeing haloes around lights. Other things can also cause these symptoms, but if you are having them, they warrant evaluation with a complete exam. ...Read more

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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