Because drug interactions with steroids can cause harmful side effects, tell your ophthalmologist (Eye M.D.) if you are taking any other medications (prescription and non-prescription), including:
• Anticoagulants ("blood thinners");
• Arthritis medication;
• Aspirin or medication containing aspirin;
• Diuretics ("water pills");
• Estrogen (such as birth-control pills);
• Insulin or any oral diabetes medication; or
• Ulcer medication.
Tell your ophthalmologist your complete medical history, particularly if you have:
- High blood pressure;
- HIV or AIDS;
- Liver, kidney, intestinal, or heart disease;
- Stomach ulcers;
- Thyroid gland problems;
- Psychological problems; or
- A current infection of any kind.
Tell your ophthalmologist if you are pregnant, attempting to become pregnant or breast-feeding. Steroids can slow infant growth.
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