Evoxac and vision problems and blurriness

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cured4real?
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   Posted 5/21/2008 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   
The Mayo endo today just handed me a fact sheet on Evoxac. Like many meds it causes problems, but he was uniquely concerned about the visual changes. Apparently, in about 1pct of people it can cause serious eye problems like glaucoma and some other changes. A more common side effect is occasional blurriness of vision.
 
I have been happy with the medicine and never connected it with eye problems like this. It adds moisture to my eyes and mouth when I was really having problems. I don't know if salagen would be any better, I was told Evoxac had fewer side effects,  but then it is new.
 
So I guess when I see the eye doc I'm bringing it up and also with my rheumie. I would be interested in more info, if people find it.
 
Thanks,
Love, Marji
--Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us. Bill Watterson (1958-) cartoonist "Calvin and Hobbes"
Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus-like AI Disease, Hashis, Vitiligo, spinal stenosis/fusion with plate, salivary/lymphectomies, Diabetes, NAFLD, COPD, RLS, neuropathy, trigonitis, hystero, diffuse brain atrophy, GI nightmare
Meds--Plaquenil, Evoxac, Metformin, Synthroid, HCTZ, Estradiol patch, Prosed, Detrol, Klonopin, Ultram, Vicodin, Restasis, Albuterol, steroid injections and pred prn


redrose77
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   Posted 5/21/2008 9:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I love evoxac I only just got back on it but when I was on it last year I had no problems.
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Tx: plaquenil, Enbrel, Darvocet, Singulair, Flexeril, Baby Asprin, Imuran, Procardia, Prilosec


cured4real?
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   Posted 5/21/2008 9:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I really like it too. It even helped my GI tract have a little more moisture, and I can get through the night with my eyes being moist enough. I just thought though that for the blurriness thing it might help some and I'm glad you posted to say you didn't have problems. I just cut back on it when I got side effects like sweating, and it went away and I've been fine. I don't know why the endos were concerned, I guess they thought my peripheral vision wasn't what it should be, but you know with this stupid disease, its one thing one day, another another, and things come and go, and right now it might be more my brain than my eyes.;) Kiss the baby for me.
Love, Marji
--Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us. Bill Watterson (1958-) cartoonist "Calvin and Hobbes"
Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus-like AI Disease, Hashis, Vitiligo, spinal stenosis/fusion with plate, salivary/lymphectomies, Diabetes, NAFLD, COPD, RLS, neuropathy, trigonitis, hystero, diffuse brain atrophy, GI nightmare
Meds--Plaquenil, Evoxac, Metformin, Synthroid, HCTZ, Estradiol patch, Prosed, Detrol, Klonopin, Ultram, Vicodin, Restasis, Albuterol, steroid injections and pred prn


Snickerdoodle
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   Posted 5/21/2008 10:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey marji-
Try typing the med in at www.askapatient.com. It is a site that anyone can post on. People post side effects of the meds they are taking. It is really nice because you can see what side effects people actually have, as opposed to the medical studys that have to list everything. I check that site out everytime I am put on a new med. Hope that helps!
Take care
Melissa
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hippimom2
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   Posted 5/23/2008 1:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I hope the Evoxac isn't causing eye problems for you. I can't imagine being without my evoxac now. I rean out for a short time between my samples and filling my prescription and it was like torture. I can take it 3 times a day, but only take it two times and it has helped cut down the sweating/hot flashes that can come with it.
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cured4real?
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   Posted 5/27/2008 6:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't think it could be because I only take one a day. I was surprised out of all the junk I take they were so concerned about the evoxac. I mean what about the 400mg of plaquenil I take a day? I plan to visit the eye doc soon. I'm sure it will just be "floaters" again.
Love, Marji
--Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us. Bill Watterson (1958-) cartoonist "Calvin and Hobbes"
Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus-like AI Disease, Hashis, Vitiligo, spinal stenosis/fusion with plate, salivary/lymphectomies, Diabetes, NAFLD, COPD, RLS, neuropathy, trigonitis, hystero, diffuse brain atrophy, GI nightmare
Meds--Plaquenil, Evoxac, Metformin, Synthroid, HCTZ, Estradiol patch, Prosed, Detrol, Klonopin, Ultram, Vicodin, Restasis, Albuterol, steroid injections and pred prn

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