• Can I take benzodiazepines (sedatives) if I suffer from glaucoma?


    Question:

    Can I take benzodiazepines (sedatives) if I suffer from glaucoma?


    Answer:

    Benzodiazepines can dilate the pupil, so it is conceivable that they could cause problems in a patient with narrow-angle glaucoma. For patients with open-angle glaucoma, the use of benzodiazepines should not present a problem. Please check with your ophthalmologist if you are unsure what type of glaucoma you have.


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