Drugs Should Be Avoided By RP Patients

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1. Erectile dysfunction drugs Viagra
Sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, can cause temporary vision changes, including blurred vision, sensitivity to light, reduced eyesight and changes to color perception. These side effects disappeared within a few days, however, it’s not known how exactly will Viagra affect RP patients’ vision by long term use. It’s worth taking into consideration if RP patients use it for the long term.

2. Accutane
Used to treat acne, it has been reported to worsen night vision, ERG response, dark adaptation and other retinoids.

3. Thorazine
Anti-depression, and treat other psychological disorders. Higher doses can exacerbate RP.

4. Antidepressant drugs
Some ingredients that are most commonly used in antidepressant drugs can damage the retina function.

5. Tamoxifen
Used in treating breast cancer. The common toxic effects include inner retinal crystalline deposition, macular edema, corneal opacities, optic neuritis and may affect EOG.

6. Digoxin

Used to control irregular heartbeats, and manage the symptoms of heart failure. Side effects include blurred vision and sensitivity to bright light. This happens to more than 1 in 100 people.

7. Mayambutol

Antibiotics used mainly in Tuberculosis. Ocular side effects, more common with high doses, include blurred vision, irreversible blindness, eye pain, red-green colour blindness.

8. Hydroxychloroquine

To treat or prevent malaria, more frequently, to treat lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Higher doses may cause serious side effects like, blurred vision or other vision changes, which may be permanent vision damage in some cases.

9. Vigabatrin

Brand name Sabril is used to treat epilepsy. It can cause permanent vision damage, including blurred vision, double vision, eye movements you can’t control, eye pain and headache. Vision loss is not likely to be noticed before it’s severe. So tell your doctor if you have or have ever had any vision issues before you use it. 

10. Reglan

To treat certain conditions of the stomach and intestines. It may cause blurred vision, headache, or dizziness, you should measure your blood pressure when using it.

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