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  • Drugs that Cause Red Eye

  • These drugs can cause eye hemorrhage as well as red eye:

    • Drugs containing Benzalkonium chloride, found in some eye and ear drops, sanitizers, and many other consumer products.
    • Drugs containing Thimerosol which is a mercury-containing organic compound widely used in its preservative, anti-fungal, and antiseptic capacity in many consumer products.
    • Amphotericin B, an antibiotic.
    • Anti-ulcer medications, such as Cimetidine.
    • Aspirin may exaggerate bleeding of the eye and usually surgeons recommend discontinuing aspirin for at least a week before eye surgery.
    • Cholesterase inhibitors, often prescribed to those suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
    • Heparin, Coumadin, Anisindione, and other oral anti-coagulants, prescribed to prevent blood clotting.
    • Morphine prescribed for pain.
    • NSAIDS including over-the-counter pain relievers.
    • Pentoxifylline, prescribed for to improve circulation.
    • Venlafaxine which is an antidepressant.