There are currently between 16 million and 49 million Americans who suffer from dry eyes. There are some medications that cause dry eye as a side effect. What medications are they, and what can be done if you are prescribed them but suffer from dry eyes.

There are various different medications that can have side effects of dry eyes. Some of them include:

  • Anti anxiety medications
  • Antidepressants
  • Parkinson's medications
  • Anti acne medications
  • Various birth control medication
  • Hormone medications
  • Blood pressure medications

Should you stop taking medications that’s causing dry eyes?

In most cases, the benefits of using these medications outweigh any risks of side effects, so it's important to not discontinue them just because you are experiencing dry eye symptoms.

Your primary care physician prescribed these medications specifically for a reason, and it is extremely important to check with your physician before stopping medications. In many cases  there may be other medications your primary care physician can prescribe to you that don't have the dry eye side effect but still treat your condition.

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