Apr 30, 2013 - 1:28 pm
I went for a routine checkup with my eye doctor last week. He wrote me an Rx for Restasis for the dry eye problem I didn't even know I had?? First of all, I am skeptical of any drug that advertises on TV. Secondly, why did the doc give this drug for a non-existent problem. Or at least ask me about symptoms I may be having. And why not suggest an OTC eye drop first before jumping to the big guns?
The active ingredient in Restasis is Cyclosporine, an immunosuppresant, making patients vulnerable to infections! I have had enough problems with infection to last me forever, due to chemo induced neutropenia, thank you very much. Also it can cause certain cancers including, you guessed it--lymphoma.
I am very confused about this. The doc really shut me down as far as questions, emailed off the script and ended the appointment. Maybe his drug rep promised him a lollypop at the end of the week if he wrote X number of prescriptions?
I have not yet talked to my oncologist about this. But I will, when I see him in 2 weeks prior to my first Rituxan maintenance. Meanwhile I bought a bottle of Soothe eyedrops and can tell no difference in my eyes.
Feedback, anyone? Thanks,