Wednesday, April 19, 2006


There's a new trend to give Acular to every cataract patient prophylactically to avoid post-operative cystoid macular edema. But it may be irresponsible to indiscriminately write for an NSAID without considering patients with aspirin sensitivity as Acular is absolutely contraindicated in patients with aspirin sensitivity. 5% of individuals allergic to aspirin are also allergic to NSAIDS and may experience reactions as severe as anaphylactic shock. There have even been fatalities reported in the literature.

There's a reason only doctors can prescribe certain drugs.

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