Marijuana for glaucoma 
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 Marijuana for glaucoma

This is a re-submission of my original posting.  Please let me have your
opinion.  Thanks!

I am a 66-year-old glaucoma patient, having been diagnosed about 25 years
ago.  Initially, pilocarpine (1 percent) controlled the pressure reasonably
well.  Later we added some epinepherine to the treatment.  Some years
later, we had to increase the pilocarpine to 2 percent, then to 4 percent.
Believe me, 4 percent pilocarpine hurts!  And you need it 4 times a day.

Today I am on Betoptic, Trusopt, and Alphagan.  I have just stopped taking
Xylatan.  (Xylatan is the first prostaglandin glaucoma product.)

I would say that my intraocular pressure is *marginally* under control.  In
other words, with no treatment, I would show about 30 to 45 mmHg pressure.

With three medications (twice daily), I run about 20 to 25 mmHg.

My right eye pressure is generally about 2-4 mm higher than my left eye. My
right eye shows some definite glaucomatous cupping and some small scotoma.
I have had a lens implant in that eye. My central visual acuity (corrected)
is 20/20.  (My left eye is now beginning to show some changes, similar to
the cataract problems in my right eye.  I will probably need an implant in
my left eye within a few years.)

Once in a while, I will get a good pressure reading (17 - 19 mmHg.)

Should I ask my physician for a recommendation to the {*filter*} clinic in
San Francisco?  At the age of 66 and in otherwise excellent health, I would
like to live another 20 years, preferably with decent vision.  And smoking
a joint from time to time wouldn't bother me, if it helped my pressure
problem.

Thanks for any comments.

earle
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Sat, 06 Nov 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 Marijuana for glaucoma


Quote:

>Should I ask my physician for a recommendation to the {*filter*} clinic in
>San Francisco?  At the age of 66 and in otherwise excellent health, I
would
>like to live another 20 years, preferably with decent vision.  And
smoking
>a joint from time to time wouldn't bother me, if it helped my pressure
>problem.

People on maximally tolerated medical therapy are usually urged to
consider surgery. There is a lot more data on surgical results than on
{*filter*} results. From what I've read, {*filter*} results are marginal.
Please consider asking your doctor about surgery.

Keith J. Croes, Executive Editor, EyeWorld News Service

(I am not a physician. My opinions are my own.)



Mon, 08 Nov 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 Marijuana for glaucoma


Quote:

>>a joint from time to time wouldn't bother me, if it helped my pressure
>>problem.

>People on maximally tolerated medical therapy are usually urged to
>consider surgery. There is a lot more data on surgical results than on
>{*filter*} results. From what I've read, {*filter*} results are marginal.
>Please consider asking your doctor about surgery.

>Keith J. Croes, Executive Editor, EyeWorld News Service

Listees

I also am suspicious of mj medicinal effectivity but I'll bet compliance
by the patient would be good.

The government has not allowed research so we don't really know.

Vern



Mon, 08 Nov 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 
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