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Can people with acute narrow-angle glaucoma take xanax?

Can people with acute narrow-angle glaucoma take xanax?

Yes and no: After a thorough eye exam with gonioscopy, it my be determined by your ophthalmologist that a prophylactic laser iridotomy will free you to use medications that otherwise would be contraindicated with a narrow angle. ...Read more

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Why can't people with acute narrow angle glaucoma take xanax?

Why can't people with acute narrow angle glaucoma take xanax?

Glaucoma and xanax: Xanax may cause increased pressure in the eyes. This may make glaucoma worse. Ask your local ophthalmologist if it is safe to use this medicine if you have glaucoma or are a glaucoma suspect. ...Read more

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Managing Glaucoma (Checklist)

Always take your medications
Once
Wash hands before applying drops
Once
Don't touch bottle tip to eye
Once
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Why can't people with acute narrow-angle glaucoma take Xanax at all?

Why can't people with acute narrow-angle glaucoma take Xanax at all?

Can trigger episode: Xanax can cause involuntary twitching of muscle fibers. If you have acute narrow angle glaucoma, where the fluid in your eye has trouble draining, an involuntary twitch of the iris dilator muscle can completely block your eye fluid from draining. This will cause your eye pressure to increase rapidly and cause severe glaucoma. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why can't people with acute narrow-angle glaucoma take xanax?

May raise pressure: Xanax can cause intraocular pressure in the eyes to go up. Even though it is generally a muscle relaxant, it may cause muscle spasms in the iris which controls the size of your pupil. If the iris contracts and blocks drainage of fluid in your eye, then pressure can build up and you may experience severe pain, blurry vision ; nausea/ vomiting. U should check w/ an ophthalmologist re: glaucoma tx. ...Read more

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Managing Glaucoma (Checklist)

If stable, then reduce visits
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Use eyedrops
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Have visual fields done
Yearly
Monitor for any side effects
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Curious as to why can't people with acute narrow-angle glaucoma take xanax?

They can: People who have narrow-angle glaucoma can be cured with a simple laser procedure, and then there is limitation on drug use. ...Read more

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Managing Glaucoma (Checklist)

ADHERE to an eye medication schedule
daily
MAINTAIN regular Eye Physician appointments
3x a year
ENGAGE in healthy lifestyle behaviors
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My doc perscribed Xanax 1mg XR to help me sleep. I am currently being investigated for having "obstructive sleep apnea". Is it safe to take the Xanax?

My doc perscribed Xanax 1mg XR to help me sleep. I am currently being investigated for having "obstructive sleep apnea". Is it safe to take the Xanax?

Not recommended: You should not not take sleeping pills if you have obstructive sleep apnea. The benzodiazepines (Xanax) have been shown to decrease breathing in patients with OSA and increase AHI index. See a sleep specialist for evaluation and sleep study. ...Read more

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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

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