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I took minoxidil for blood pressure and now my vision has

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I took minoxidil for blood pressure and now my vision has gone from bad to worse. I sopped taking it 3 days ago. Will my vision improve?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 2 years ago.

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While the package insert lists one reported case of optic neuritis maybe associated with minoxidil I have never seen one nor have I ever read any papers describing this as a significant risk with this drug.

So. I very much doubt that any vision loss you have experienced recently is due to minoxidil and, as such, stopping this medication will not improve your vision.

What is the take home message?

1. You should consult with an ophthalmologist concerning your decreased vision. If you have already done so and been diagnosed with bilateral optic neuritis I very much doubt it is related to your minoxidil use.

2. You need to see your primary care MD and have your BP checked off the minoxidil. If you do not want to go back on this drug there are many other good medications available to control your BP.

3. Don't believe the vast majority of what Dr. Google tells you ;)

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