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For ophthalmologist ---- I am yrs old. No contact lens. I

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I am 69 yrs old. No contact lens. I have been having dry eyes. I went to my eye doc and he did an exhaustive exam. He said i had dry eyes (saw "sudsing" on the scan ) and prescribed Lotemax and Restasis. I read the insert literarure on Restasis and it says" Restasis did not increase tear production in patients using anti inflammatory eye drops." Is Lotemax considered an " anti flammatory eye drops?" Do you see any issue of taking it with Restasis??
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 1 month ago.

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The restasis and lotemax will work together just fine even though it is an anti inflammatory medication

You should also use warm compresses and baby shampoo lid scrubs to help with your (I'm sure you have it...) blepharitis. Please allow me to explain:

Blepharitis is a condition where glands in the eyelids are not functioning normally. They become plugged and instead of putting out their normal clear, oily secretions, they put out thick, toothpaste like gunk.

The best treatment for this condition daily lid scrubs combined with warm compresses. I like to use baby shampoo for lid scrubs. In the shower, place the shampoo on your index fingers, close your eyes, raise your eyebrows (to stretch the skin on you eyelids) and scrub back and forth along your eyelashes for 3 to 5 minutes. The hot water in the shower helps to soften the plugged oils in the glands while the mechanical scrubbing with your soapy fingers removes the oils.

Baby shampoo lid scrubs will also help to wash away allergens and stimulate tear production.

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Customer: replied 1 month ago.
I take Benecar for blood pressure and Prevacid for GERD . I'm concerned about taking Lotemax with Restasis
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 1 month ago.

Have a good week.

I hope you feel better soon.

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