Are there any blood pressure tablets that do not cause dry eyes.

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i absolutely cannot cope with the Gritty...increasingly worsening sensation of dare I say dehydrated eyes from taking blood pressure medication. copious amounts of lubricating drops recommended by specialist opthlmolgists makes no difference whatsoever.

the soreness is so painful...when I blink the lid feels like it's scrapping the sclera.

i have reacted badly to amniodipine and now candesartan  which are milder tablets.I was ok on 4 increased to 8 ....unbearable.

i understand that many of the beta blockers and diuretics have the side effect.

is anyone on a medication that does not have this side effect.

i appreciate that many people do not react...or have adverse reactions.

certainly have I have an appointment with my doctor to change the medicine.

i appreciate any opinions.

thanks for reading this...wishing you all harmony in this new year!😊🎻🎵

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    I feel for you. I had extreme dry eyes for two years and it drove me nuts.

    I know nothing about those medications though, so can't help you there.

    Did you really try all the eye drops going around? Many of us are allergic to the preservatives and I had to go through about eight before I found the one that worked for me – I should say the three that work for me, because I still rotate them.

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    Wasn't aware blood pressure tablets could cause dry eyes.  I take Ramipril who seems to suit me.  However, I also have an eye problem caused initially by conjunctivitis.  I use Oxyal and also VitAPos which is a thicker greasier ointment which is quite good.  Both can be obtained through Butterflies Eyecare.

    Good luck

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    New year wishes to you both.😊🎈🌻🌻

    sincere thanks for your replies.

    yes beta blockers can cause dry eyes in some people....luckily not all.

    i was utilising lumercare cabomer  eye gelwhich is initially soothing,,,

    kind regards


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    I have just read some great reviews for Oxyal eye drops so may give them a try....thank you..
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    I donot haveany idea.
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    I have had dry eye syndrome for many years and yes it was made worse by medication.  Post and eye operation it was suggested that I have Meibomian Gland Dysfunction.  That's the little glands in the eye lid that secrete oil to protect the eyes.  I was given and Eye Bag which is heated in the microwave, then placed over the cosed eye lids for 10 minutes after which massage the eye lids.  Best thing I have tried and I only use a small amount of drops.  Which drops are best will depend on the mix of oil and water in the tears so unless you can get that tested it's see what suits you best, but only use preservative free ones if you use them on a regular basis. 
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    Hi Kitekato,

    Did you find a blood pressure tablet more suitable?

    I am being driven mad with the same thing. I am on 20mg of candisartan and 25 mg of spironolactone.

    I wake up each night between 2 and 5 times each night to add gel. It has very little effect. My eyes are constantly sore and I dread going to sleep each night.

    Many thanks


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