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cortisone eye drops (alrex)

Commented on March 28, 2014
Created March 24, 2014 at 8:37 PM

I've had dry, irritated eyes this winter. I believe it is temporary, from wearing contacts too long. I never had this before.

My optometrist prescribed eye drops. My eyes are better, but still sore. It's been a couple of months. He suggested temporary use of ALREX, which are cortisone drops

I don't know much about cortisone. I remember seeing some posts here recommending caution in taking cortisone shots. Are there any downsides to using it in my eyes as a temporary measure?

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on March 28, 2014
at 01:25 PM

@Canadian "Breathe-ease unique "Ringers-Locke" solution is formulated to approximate the body's natural salinity and electrolyte composition." I make my own version, but this is basically imitating the bodies own fluids and therefore is very easily tolerated by the eyes. Simple saline solution with a dash of baking soda works as well. Use google for specifics.

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on March 28, 2014
at 11:57 AM

@samc What did you use to make the eye wash, and what are the drug store options? The link you sent me is a nasal spray. I wasn't sure that was for eye use.

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on March 25, 2014
at 04:58 AM

I'd give @samc's suggestion a try.

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on March 25, 2014
at 04:15 AM

Seems like it is indicated for seasonal allergy problems. If it was me, I'd use an eye wash. http://www.theallergyreliefcenter.com/breath_ease.htm . In fact when I had eye problems I used my own homemade solution with a drug store $2.00 eye cup and had great relief from it. Since I've been on Paleo I don't get the eye problems anymore, but if I do, the solution is the solution. Ringers-Locke solution is very soothing to the eye.

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on March 24, 2014
at 09:23 PM

I'm not sure how to edit my post, but here's some more info:

* They've been irritated since mid January (three months) * I haven't worn contacts since then * The problem does not seem to be going away * Cortisone use would be temporary Given that, what exactly does cortisone do that I have to worry about?

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on March 24, 2014
at 09:22 PM

@BobK I'm not sure how to edit my post, but here's some more info:

* They've been irritated since mid January (three months)

* I haven't worn contacts since then

* The problem does not seem to be going away

* Cortisone use would be temporary

Given that, what exactly does cortisone do that I have to worry about? And do you think I should use them in this situation?

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on March 24, 2014
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@samc I'm not sure how to edit my post, but here's some more info:

* They've been irritated since mid January (three months)

* I haven't worn contacts since then

* The problem does not seem to be going away

* Cortisone use would be temporary

Given that, what exactly does cortisone do that I have to worry about?

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on March 25, 2014
at 10:37 AM

Cortisone is basically used anti-inflammatory medication. They are used to prevent and treat allergic reaction. The basic question here arises is what sort of problem you are facing for irritation of eyes. It is right that this medicines are to be used very carefully. For your reference here are some of the side effects of this medicines.

Increased appetite

Irritability

Muscle Weakness

Dizziness

Headache

Note You should not use Alrex in following conditions:

If you have mycobacterial or viral infection of eyes.

Allergic to any content in the Alrex

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on March 25, 2014
at 09:30 AM

My story... I had a severe case of conjunctivitis a few months back... i immediately went to the pharmacy and bought anti-biotic eye drops, thinking/knowing that if I went to a doctor (s)he would prescribe me the same. After a couple of days I had no results and one eye began to hurt like the blazes, I couldn't keep it open. I staggered to my emergency treatment centre where they applied some sort of numbing agent drops for the eye and my super red eyes stopped hurting immediately.

I was given a prescription for anti-biotic eye drops and when I went to the pharmacy to fill the prescription, the pharmacist told me that it was the same eye drops that i had bought myself previously. Except that these eye drops contained cortisone. After using them for two or three days, my eyes completely cleared up. Go figure.

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on March 25, 2014
at 01:22 AM

Alrex is a corticosteroid used to treat inflammation of the eye. Use if you think you need to, but eye drops tend to not enter the systemic circulation. I don't see a problem with short term use.

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on March 24, 2014
at 09:07 PM

I liken cortisone (steroid) to a fire extinguisher .... sometimes you gotta use one but best to arrange your life not to need one. Stop wearing the contacts.... your eyes will get better faster without them in your eyes. Use the steroid if you must but avoid them if possible. Like painkillers... sometimes you just have to use them. Good Luck.

032b342bc20e78d74f3954af570c6258

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on March 24, 2014
at 09:22 PM

@BobK I'm not sure how to edit my post, but here's some more info:

* They've been irritated since mid January (three months)

* I haven't worn contacts since then

* The problem does not seem to be going away

* Cortisone use would be temporary

Given that, what exactly does cortisone do that I have to worry about? And do you think I should use them in this situation?

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on March 24, 2014
at 08:48 PM

When I used cortisone for my sinus troubles, the eye doc told me long term use was a known problem for the eyes. I believe the use of cortisone is bad in all ways vs. figuring out why the body is doing what it is doing and correcting it at that level. If you say it is from contact lens overuse, stop wearing them until your eyes get better and then reconsider the use of them for the future.

I'm pretty much against the use of drugs unless natural methods have been exhausted.

032b342bc20e78d74f3954af570c6258

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on March 24, 2014
at 09:22 PM

@samc I'm not sure how to edit my post, but here's some more info:

* They've been irritated since mid January (three months)

* I haven't worn contacts since then

* The problem does not seem to be going away

* Cortisone use would be temporary

Given that, what exactly does cortisone do that I have to worry about?

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