Reduced ocular hypotensive effect of topical μ-blockers in glaucoma patients receiving oral μ-blockers

Fredric J. Gross, Joel S. Schuman

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    Abstract

    We reviewed all the records of the Glaucoma Service at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (N = 1,700) to assess the ocular hypotensive effect of topical μ-blockers in glaucoma patients receiving oral μ-blocker therapy. We identified 27 patients with elevated intraocular pressure who were using systemic μ-blockers before the initiation of topical μ-blocker therapy and compared them with 28 control patients with elevated intraocular pressure who were not using oral blockers when a topical μ-blocker was started. The intraocular pressure-lowering effect of topical blockers was shown to be significantly reduced in patients receiving oral μ-blockers (p < 0.02). μ-receptor selectivity of the oral and topical agents were found to be contributing factors in predicting the additive effect of topical μ-blocker therapy during systemic μ-blockade.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)174-177
    Number of pages4
    JournalJournal of Glaucoma
    Volume1
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 1992

    Keywords

    • Intraocular pressure
    • Oral μ-blocker
    • Topical μ-blocker

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Ophthalmology

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