Related topic: Valtrex, Dry eyes
Review: could Valtrex cause Dry eyes?
Summary: Dry eyes could be caused by Valtrex, especially for people who are female, 40-49 old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take Neurontin, and have Acne.
We study 15,361 people who have side effects while taking Valtrex from FDA and social media. Among them, 62 have Dry eyes. Find out below who they are, when they have Dry eyes and more.
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Valtrex (latest outcomes from 16,408 users) has active ingredients of valacyclovir hydrochloride. It is often used in genital herpes.
Dry eyes (lack of adequate tears) (latest reports from 56,092 patients) has been reported by people with high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, acne, depression.
On Apr, 12, 2014: 15,272 people reported to have side effects when taking Valtrex. Among them, 64 people (0.42%) have Dry Eyes. They amount to 0.11% of all the 56,335 people who have Dry Eyes on eHealthMe.
Time on Valtrex when people have Dry eyes * :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years |
|Dry eyes||65.00%||0.00%||5.00%||15.00%||0.00%||10.00%||5.00% |
Age of people who have Dry eyes when taking Valtrex * :
|Dry eyes||0.00%||0.00%||29.09%||3.64%||3.64%||43.64%||3.64%||16.36% |
Severity of Dry eyes when taking Valtrex ** :
|least||moderate||severe||most severe |
|Dry eyes||20.00%||20.00%||40.00%||20.00% |
How people recovered from Dry eyes ** :
|while on the drug||after off the drug||not yet |
|Dry eyes||0.00%||0.00%||100.00% |
Top conditions involved for these people * :
- Acne (6 people, 9.38%)
- Depression (5 people, 7.81%)
- Herpes simplex (5 people, 7.81%)
- Erectile dysfunction (4 people, 6.25%)
- Rheumatoid arthritis (3 people, 4.69%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Neurontin (23 people, 35.94%)
- Accutane (18 people, 28.12%)
- Aredia (15 people, 23.44%)
- Zithromax (15 people, 23.44%)
- Zometa (14 people, 21.88%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
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From this study (14 hours ago):
Of all the symptoms I have researched on this drug, slight dry eye and blurred vision is the only side effect I am having. It does not feel serious and goes away about two hours after dose if not reading or watching TV. Only concern is its listing as a "serious side effect", however research has come up with no reason for its severity. Will be discussing the symptom with my doctor, cautiously, so as to not be needlessly removed from a helpful medication; but want to make sure I'm not at risk.
From this study (3 days ago):
Dry eyes condition started after approximately 10 months on Forteo. Not sure if it's related.
From this study (1 week ago):
My WBC count was 15.6 last week before taking Valtrex, now after finding many cherry angiomas since starting the Valtrex I was taken off the medicine and had more blood tests run. Now my WBC count is 16.1 after being on the medicine for almost a week.
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