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Glaucoma: Medicines to Avoid


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If you have narrow drainage angles and are at risk for closed-angle glaucoma, you may need to avoid medicines that widen (dilate) the pupil, the dark spot in the center of the eye. Talk with your eye specialist about medicines that you should not take.

The following kinds of medicines may dilate the pupil. Look for these names on the list of ingredients of any medicines you use—both prescription and nonprescription—and check with your doctor before using them again.

Some medicines used to treat glaucoma that decrease the production of the fluid inside the eye (adrenergic medicines) also may cause the pupil to dilate. Your doctor can tell you whether these medicines are safe for you.

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