High Risk Medications Examination – 2

AMIODARONE (Cordarone)

AMIODARONE (Cordarone) is a medicine used for cardiac arrhythmias.  It is highly effective for rapid heartbeats.  Amiodarone has been associated with corneal opacities.  A characteristic 'whorl' is seen on the lower third of the cornea, the window to the eye. These are usually not visually significant, but in unusual circumstances Amiodarone may need to be discontinued if vision declines.

FLOMAX (Tamsulosin)

FLOMAX (Tamsulosin) is a medicine that is prescribed for the urinary symptoms associated with benign prostatic hypertrophy.  Flomax has been associated with a problem that occurs during cataract surgery called the intraoperative floppy iris syndrome (IFIS). During cataract surgery the iris, or color part of the eye, becomes very floppy and billows in response to the normal irrigation currents during cataract surgery.  In addition, the pupil will also constrict during cataract surgery, dramatically reducing the surgeons view.  Unfortunately, discontinuing Flomax prior to cataract surgery does not prevent IFIS.  However, it is vitally important that you tell your Killingly Eye Care doctor that you are taking Flomax.  Since IFIS can lead to a greater chance of complications during cataract your Killingly Eye Care doctor will discuss this with you at length.  Special steps may be necessary prior to surgery and during surgery in an attempt to reduce the likelihood of complications.