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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Ethmozine
Ethmozine and Glaucoma
Answer:Ethmozine(moricizine hydrochloride) is a relatively new anti-arrhytmic drug. It is used in controlling different irregular heart rythms. I could find no reports of causing glaucoma. However, with a new drug-used in smaller numbers of patients this may or may not he accurate. I would ask your physician to file a drug interaction report. This does not indict the drug;but, does establish a data base in case many cases of glaucoma are reported. Stopping the drug-if cleared by your physician-would be one way to check this. However, I think there should not be a causal relationship. Beta-blockers are very effective in treating glaucoma. However, about 5-10% of patients will experience the systemic effects of beta-blocker eye drops. Eye doctors and the companies are always startled by this and usually deny any interaction. However, this is my experience with my patients. I doubt the moricizine is causing this problem. You should ensure that your Internist or Cardiologist is aware that you are on beta blocker eye drops.