Posted 3/23/2009 8:59 AM (GMT -6)
Dry eyes are where your eyes dry out from a variety of things - wind, allergies, medicines, fatigue etc. Dry eye syndrome is where your eyes actually stop producing tears and is the result of diseases such as Lupus, Sjorens, RA, auto immune conditions and hormonal changes. Dry eyes can be soothed by OTC eye drops and can be a minor nuisance while Dry eye syndrome usually requires more attention. Yes, Visine shouldn't be used long term because the vasoconstictors (redness reliever) can have a rebound affect on some people. Meaning that it can cause you to use more and more of it to help the redness and itchiness or after stopping it, it can make your eyes feel worse. If you have allergy eyes, you can ask your dr for a prescription eye allergy drop.
Clariten does not contain a decongestant while Clariten D does. Decongestants can raise your pulse and heart rate which is why it shouldn't be taken at night. Decongestants are great if you have alot of post nasal drip. It helps dry the snot up :) But if you don't have any PND then regular Clariten works well.
And no, these meds won't interfer with your Uc and your meds.
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