Medications You Need To Avoid

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27/03/2012 - 21:54

You should always make sure that your different doctors and pharmacists know all the medicines you take. This is especially important if you have glaucoma.

As a rule, people with glaucoma can safely use most other medications. There are, however, two special cases.

Cold And Allergy Medication

People with angle-closure glaucoma should avoid taking over-the-counter cold and allergy remedies. These can cause the pupils to dilate and, in rare instances, can cause people with chronic angle-closure glaucoma to have an attack of acute angle-closure glaucoma. This could lead to an increase in eye pressure.


Corticosteroids are used to treat inflammations. If used for prolonged periods, they may raise eye pressure in people who suffer from any form of glaucoma.

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

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