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Which cold medicine can my father on blood pressure medicines with glaucoma take?
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Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Beth Friedland
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Dr. Bud Kurwa
An interesting question. If a patient has angle closure glaucoma hopefully its been treated and there is no risk to pupil dilation. The vast majority of the glaucoma patients on drops have Open angle so are not at risk. So its the person who has narrow angles (closable) but has no glaucoma as such so they are at risk and will not know (since no glaucoma currently) so who is the warning for?
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Meds in glaucoma
All drugs, over the counter or prescription, have in the package insert a legally ordered disclaimer: "do not use if you have glaucoma".
If you have ordinary glaucoma, you can ignore this. If you know you have angle closure potential (uncommon) you have probably already had this treated. So over all you can ignore this warning.

In brief: Meds in glaucoma
All drugs, over the counter or prescription, have in the package insert a legally ordered disclaimer: "do not use if you have glaucoma".
If you have ordinary glaucoma, you can ignore this. If you know you have angle closure potential (uncommon) you have probably already had this treated. So over all you can ignore this warning.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Bud Kurwa
An interesting question. If a patient has angle closure glaucoma hopefully its been treated and there is no risk to pupil dilation. The vast majority of the glaucoma patients on drops have Open angle so are not at risk. So its the person who has narrow angles (closable) but has no glaucoma as such so they are at risk and will not know (since no glaucoma currently) so who is the warning for?
Dr. Bud Kurwa
Ophthalmology
In brief: It depends
If he has closable angle glaucoma then he should be treated with laser and cured.
Otherwise he should avoid medications that can dilate his pupils such as antihistamines.

In brief: It depends
If he has closable angle glaucoma then he should be treated with laser and cured.
Otherwise he should avoid medications that can dilate his pupils such as antihistamines.
Dr. Bud Kurwa
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