New to the idea of having Glaucoma need help to cope with medication.

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After a violent choking episode I noticed a loss of vision in my left eye with a bright pink patch. Was diagnosed with glaucoma with retinal damage and eye-drops prescribed. Xalacom. I have high blood pressure and high cholesterol and am taking a beta blocker and calcium channel blocker and statin for cholesterol. I started coughing soon after taking the meds, had a headache, cold and flu symptoms, could hardly breathe at night especially and my blood pressure increased dramatically (even though Xalacom also contains a beta-blocker). It was changed to Xalatan on 9 May and the cough is almost better now but the headache, higher blood pressure and cold symptoms are making me feel so ill.It is difficult to know whether the medication is the cause of this or if I caught the flu! Anybody had experience of this? I am 76 years old and rarely ill.

 

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    Hi, I have narrow angle glaucoma, thank G-d don't know about those symptoms. I do get blurry vision, headaches. My eyes bother me a little, they strain easily. Maybe ask your eye dr about Latanprost. I've been using it for a couple of years now. Besides that I have dry eye, use drops for that too. I have high blood pressure under control with medication. I honestly don't know what my cholesterol is, have to go for blood tests in the next couple of months. Did the Dr. Tell you what your eye pressure numbers are?

    Do you think the cold symptoms have to do with the medication?

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      Hi Arlene, thanks for your comments. I didn't think to ask what my pressure numbers were as i was so shocked at the diagnosis at the time, I was only told it was high and that was the cause of the bleed into the back of the eye (ocular stroke) not the coughing fit. ??   Xalatan is Latanoprost and also causes dry eye. I see my gp every 6 months and at my last check-up everything was fine, blood pressure under control. I saw an opthalmologist in 2013 after my optomotrist said my eye pressure was high and he told he I had thicker lenses/corneas (?) than normal and I did not have glaucoma!. No medication was prescribed. I saw him 3 times for testing and everything was normal - or so I thought. However, the damage to my optic nerve seems to indicate that the pressure has been high for some time - or could damage to the optic nerve have occurred from the traumatic incident alone? No-one seems to be able to tell me. 

      If you are doing fine on Latanoprost then I have hopes that my system will settle down on it too! I only know since I started taking the medication the coughing, sneezing, stuffy head etc.started too and has still not abated (the cough okay now though). 

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      Hi Patricia, I pray you feel better. I Google alot, maybe too much. I have dry eye now for about a year. I didn't even know that the Latanoprost causes it. But I would rather keep my pressure under control. I use certain eye drops everyday for the dry eye.

      My eye dr. Recommended besides all the drops for the dry eye that I should take Omega 3 vitamins. I have been doing that. I actually googled it too and it has other benefits such as the heart. Which runs in my family. And I am trying to have more greens and fruits. But I also eat quite a bit of junk food. I know I shouldn't. I also have cataracts and she wants to do that surgery in the next few months, which I'm petrified about. Cause she said it would make the glaucoma better" which is the main reason. I hope you have a good Sunday and feel better.

      When I have cough and cold problems I take Coriciden HBP. Which is ok with high Blood Pressure, hence the HBP. It works well. But be careful cause there are a couple of kinds and only one is ok with glaucoma.

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      Making the glaucoma better by having cataract surgery?  Be sure first to ask your doctor why the Mayo Clinic's most recent recommendation is to first deal with the glaucoma (or other eye diseases) before having cataract surgery in order to avoid excessive risk of complications.  Everyone thinks that cataract surgery is no big deal, and it is known to lower eye pressure -- which is good for glaucoma -- but people with glaucoma are at greater risk of complications.  Most doctors say that cataract surgery should be done if the cataracts are affecting your vision adversely; if they aren't, then don't.

       

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      Thanks Minnie. Yeah I haven't heard that before. I don't have to go back for 3 months. I guess she's a good doctor. Always rushed. The blurriness is from the dry eye and glaucoma. I was shocked when I asked yesterday if I have cataracts and she said yes. Maybe when it comes time for any major decision like the cataract surgery, I'll consider another opinion. But I wouldn't want to lose her as a Dr either. She is a glaucoma and cataract specialist. Not a general eye dr. I'm thankful I found this site. Cause while others are interested in knowing how I'm doing. And I know several people with dry eye and cataracts. Not one person with glaucoma. I worry about my eyesight. She said Friday that I'm stable now. I didn't need the laser iridotomy in the second eye. I think cause it wasn't effective in the first.

      My pressure now is 19. It was only 17 and 16 a month ago. I wonder if stress affects the pressure in the eyes like it affects everything else. Cause I was extra nervous before this last appt.

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    So sorry to hear about your troubles.   If you don't want to go to the ER then go to "urgent care".   Why do you have to figure this out on your own?   Why aren't your doctors advising you about what to do?

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    I agree with Minnie. Get another eye dr opinion. Or do go to urgent care. I hate hospitals too. If you think your eye dr is that good, call there. They should have an emergency #. Good luck.
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    After Glaucoma is diagnosed, usually one has to change various eye drops till one is satisfied. Almost all the Glaucoma eye drops have serious side effects like high or low BP, cough etc. See the brochure of the eye drops which do mention their possible side effects. You may consider seeing a Doc for the problems you are feeling since using the eye drops suggested by some one. Good luck.

     

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