Can anyone tell me WHY you should not take Valium if you have glaucoma?
I know it's contraindicated, but I can't find the reason WHY in my Davis Drug Guide or even on Google.
Your help is much appreciated!
Quote from MunoRN
So why is marijuana beneficial for glaucoma? Marijuana dilates the pupils, yet I thought it helped with glaucoma by decreasing intraocular pressure?
The study I found: http://www.agingeye.net/glaucoma/gla...gtreatment.php
(scroll to the bottom and read the pdf in the Marijuana and Glaucoma section) basically says the mechanism of action for marijuana decreasing IOP is unknown. So, to toss out random numbers, maybe marijuana dilates pupils for an increase in IOP of 5mmHg but the unknown mechanism of action comes in with a decrease of 15mmHg.
Other sites I read also say that marijuana only lowers IOP for 3-4 hours. So, you'd have to smoke constantly to gain an effect. Another site also said that the decrease in IOP might not even be enough to stop damage to the optic nerve.
Last edit by cjar107013 on May 7, '11
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