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Medications Can Have Side Effects That Affect Your Eyes
Many commonly used medications can have side effects that affect your eyes. In this edition of our trimester newsletter, I will list the top 10 most commonly prescribed systemic drugs, what they are usually prescribed for, and their potential ocular side effects.
|Brand Name||Generic Name||Clinical Use||Potential Systemic Side Effects||Potential Ocular Side Effects|
|Lipitor||Atorvastin||High Cholesterol||Muscle Pain
Flatulence and Diarrhea
Pressure (may cause Glaucoma)
|Questionable Association With Breast Cancer Risk (studies at this point seem conflicting)||Vision Changes and Contact Lens Discomfort Dry Eyes|
|Synthroid||Levothyroxine||Hypothyroidism (both Surgical and Natural Causes)||Seizures
Skin Irritations or Rash
Pseodotumor Cerebri (in children)
|Vicodin||Hydrocodon and Acetaminophen||Pain Relief
|Light Headedness or Sedation
Nausea / Vomitting
Diarrhea and/or Constipation
Nausea and Vomiting
|Norvasc||Amlodipine||High Blood Pressure||Headache
|Conjunctivitis (red eyes)
Eye Pain and/or Dry Eyes
|Glucophage||Metformin||Diabetes||Lactic Acid Build-Up
Nausea and Vomiting
|None reported at this time|
|Proventil or Ventolin||Albuterol||Asthma
Rapid Heart Rate
|Slight Chance of Visual Hallucinations (rare)|
Non Specific Allergy
|Zoloft||Sertraline||Obsessive and/or Compulsive Disorder
Many other commonly prescribed medications can cause a number of vision changes or potential health complications with your eyes. If you have any questions regarding the medications you are taking and how to watch out for, and treat, any potential ocular side effects, please give me a call.
Author: Dr. Matthew Skrdla
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712 Whalers Way, Fort Collins CO