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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Do inhaled steroids cause eye problems?

Here's a Q and A from the Los Angeles Times I thought was quite interesting:

Q: I have been using inhaled beclomethasone and Beconase spray for asthma and allergies for three years. An optometrist warned me that he sees cases of cataracts quite often in people using steroids like these. My pulmonologist says he is not aware of any increased incidence of cataracts among patients on these drugs.

A: The Physicians' Desk Reference cautions, "Rare instances of glaucoma, increased intraocular pressure and cataracts have been reported following the inhaled administration of corticosteroids." Other inhaled corticosteroids such as Advair and Symbicort also may trigger such problems after long-term use.Do not stop your medication without medical supervision. It may be needed to control your asthma.

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