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Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 1999 Dec;10(6):438-46.

Ocular toxicity associated with systemic drug therapy.

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  • 1Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, USA.


Systemic drug-induced ocular side effects are increasing because of the vast numbers of new drugs being introduced. Reports of drug-induced ocular toxicity must be well documented, and other causes of these side effects must be ruled out to help establish causality. We reviewed the most recent reports of the most commonly used and newest systemic drugs that have been implicated in ocular toxicity. Using toxicologic criteria needed to establish causality, data from reports of ocular toxicity associated with systemic cidofovir (Vistide), sildenafil (Viagra), vigabatrin (Sabril), tamoxifen (Nolvadex), hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil)/chloroquine (Aralen), amiodarone (Cordarone), and lovastatin (Mevacor)/simvastatin (Zocor) were evaluated and summarized. The probability for causality was determined to be high for all these drugs except for vigabatrin and lovastatin/simvastatin. Methods for detecting, preventing, and treating ocular toxic reactions were then reviewed for each drug.

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