Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Common Medication and Vision Side Effects

 Apparently, there are a bunch of medicines that don't play well with vision problems.

 Some of the anti-psychotic  medicines affect accommodation, produce blurred or double vision or impact the visual field include:  Zoloft, Risperidal, Wellbutrin, Paxil, Citalopram.   Even though this article doesn't point out Xanax or other benzodiazepans as being problematic, they have come up on other lists.  Since a lot of folks with strabismus often suffer from anxiety, depression, or social anxiety and are prescribed these  medications, they may be worsening some of the problems they are working so hard in vision therapy to correct.

Other medications impacting vision include antihistamines including Zyrtec, and a number of hypertensives.
http://www.oepf.org/sites/default/files/journals/jbo-volume-18-issue-4/18-4%20Bodack.pdf

Monday, August 11, 2014

Growling tummy: Sulphite preservatives

I think I am also sensitive to sulphites.... While I have always known that I am allergic to sulfa drugs, I never connected the fact that I don't tolerate wine very well to sulfites.... who'd a thunk that the two were connected.  

Here's a nice fact sheet on sulfites.
http://fedup.com.au/factsheets/additive-and-natural-chemical-factsheets/220-228-sulphite-preservatives