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      Azasite

      I've been a long time dry eye sufferer with chronic pain for the past 3 years. I have been on restasis, lotemax, used fish and flaxseed oil and I have done the compresses. I have poured every type of tear drop in my eye but would still have pain. I have seen some of the top dry eye doctors and no relief

      I have been on azasite for one month now and am totally pain-free!. I just use one drop at night and that's it. It's been totally incredible. I still have redness and irritation at times but no pain. Azasite was approved by the FDA for bacterial conjunctivitis but a number of doctors are now using it to treat blepharitis. It is beneficial because of it's antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties. I believe for those who have blepharitis and are suffering from dry eye and have tried everything than you need to give azasite a try. I myself have had blepharitis/dry eye for a long time. For those without blepharitis but have dry eye it's worth a shot.

      That's one of the mysteries of dry eye that certain products work well for some; but not others but you need to keep trying. I was on restasis for years and no impact but I have been on Azasite for 30 days and it's changed my life. The only drawback is the bottle only lasts for 15 days and for me it's a $45 co-pay but I'll take the pain-free living for $90 a month.

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      I only wish mine lasted 2 weeks, nothing else has helped me as much.
      A week is all I get out of mine.

      Unfortunately it only treats my symptoms, not cures the condition,
      But that is a heck of a lot more relief than I ever got from anything else.

      An Azasite II is in phase 4 trials. It is specifically for blepharitis.
      I only hope the bottle is BIGGER!

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      I was wondering, did you eye doctor say how long you can safely use Azasite for blepharitis? Can it be used as a daily drop?

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      I was on azasite for about 25 days and it helped some. The doctors arn't exactly sure what I have, but it has been diagnosed as blepharitis and simply "chronic swelling of the eyelids." Anyway, I was prescribed tobradex a while back which helped some but not totally. The doctor is now trying tobradex 4x a day for a month, and then gonna tapper me off it, in hopes the inflammation wont come back. I have almost a full bottle of azasite that I used (dropped) twice. It has been sitting in my fridge for a month now. Does anyone know if the medicine in this bottle would still be active or "fresh?" Is it ok to use this along with the tobradex. I really dont want this extra bottle going to waste, and I was seeing some results from it. Any advice? Could there be a drug interaction or anything bad between these 2 medicines?

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      I have been prescribed Tobradex ointment and azasite simultaneously before.
      As long as it was in the refrigerator I would think it was OK.
      Course I am no Doc, so don't sue me if I am wrong

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      azasite

      My doctor wrote me a 3-month supply so i believe it can be long-term. I have read other doctors are using it long-term but one month on and one month off.

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      Azasite is working amazingly for me....I'm on day 3 and I can't believe it but the burning my Blepharitis causes is less....my eyes are still red but at least the pain is gone a bit....if it will also adress the redness/inflammation, well I'll thank Azasite for the rest of my life!!

      btw, I will ask my Dr. too if it can be used for long periods....If yes, I'm gonna buy the preserv. free ones from Leiter.

      Bye

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      I really want to try this!

      Prob wont help like everything else, but its worth a shot.

      The problem im sure is the inflammation of my inner eyelids, so this has a chance as it helps inflammation but absorbs into eyelids.
      I want a cure

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      http://www.canadadrugs.com/prescript...on+1%25/11275/

      I have just found an online pharmacy where you can buy it without a prescription, anyone used this pharmacy or got azasite from there?

      They do 2.5ml, 5ml and 7.5ml

      What is the normal mills that lasts 2 about 1/2weeks?
      I want a cure

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      You can not buy it without a prescription in Canada nor the US. I called.

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      did you read the instructions

      The recommended dosage regimen for the treatment of bacterial conjunctivitis is:
      Instill 1 drop in the affected eye(s) twice daily, eight to twelve hours apart for the
      first two days and then instill 1 drop in the affected eye(s) once daily for the next
      five days - for a total of 9 drops per infected eye -


      So this does not look like a long term drug

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      The dosing schedule you reference is for use in pinkeye for kids, the original target for the drug.

      The use for blepharitis is considered off label use, that is to say, a Dr is prescribing it for other than its intended usage.

      My Dr gave me an unlimited refill prescription.
      I know with the BAK, some people would frown on that, but for me the benefits are worth the risk.
      I have tried everything, and nothing else comes close.

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      Quote Originally Posted by skygoddess View Post
      I know with the BAK, some people would frown on that, but for me the benefits are worth the risk.
      If there continues to be buzz about its use for blepharitis and if they have any successful clinical trials for this indication showing good long-term safety data I would expect they will come out with a preservative free version.
      Rebecca Petris
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      Hi since Nov I used it two time for the max one time for 14 days and the last for 10. It says you can only even use it for 14 days because it goes bad after. Anyhow my doc said that it works for 6 weeks after you use it. AFter I used it for about a month I was slightly better but then my symptoms returned full force. I asked if I could use it again but he said to wait for 3 months. It would not hard but it would do nothing. A few months ago I used it again for 10 days with the same results but back to the way I am. Anyhow I would be carful to use this very long term because of what is in thte info pack about only good for the 14 days once opened. Of course if your doc says ok I guess that is different.

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      Quote Originally Posted by skygoddess View Post
      The dosing schedule you reference is for use in pinkeye for kids, the original target for the drug.

      The use for blepharitis is considered off label use, that is to say, a Dr is prescribing it for other than its intended usage.

      My Dr gave me an unlimited refill prescription.
      I know with the BAK, some people would frown on that, but for me the benefits are worth the risk.
      I have tried everything, and nothing else comes close.

      Do you take breaks from it?

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      I have not had to use any for the past week or two. My eyes feel good.
      I still keep a bottle on standby at all times, just in case.

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      I was watching the video's on this post: http://www.dryeyezone.com/talk/showthread.php?t=7022
      and the dr suggests that it can be used once a month, so with a break between applications - is that one way to counter the fact it has preservatives maybe? (it's on video number 3 if you check them out).

      Interesting stuff...
      just keep swimming...

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      One aspect of the drug is that it continues to remain effective in tissues for an extended period. I think that is why you can take a month long break.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Plat View Post
      You can not buy it without a prescription in Canada nor the US. I called.
      I went all the way to the pay part and it did not ask for a prescription, and it asked what country you are from etc. So maybe they are just saying that on the phone, but they dont ask online.

      Theres a loophole, its the same way many get restasis from edrugnet.com
      I want a cure

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      I am going to try this soon, not that optimistic, doubt it will do anything.. coz whats causing my MGD isnt bleptheritis its inflammation of my inner eyelids from vascular damage. I have no blepth, i did a while after i got dry eye at first, but it was a result of the MGD rather than the other way round. Also nothing has helped so far.. but we shall see.

      My tonsils have been inflammed for ages, and as such my eyes have been fine as usual. Im supposed to be getting them removed, but ive been trying to see if i can live with it, the only problem is its hard to talk loads- when i do my throat will really hurt, then have to rest it and not talk for days.. so its not really practical.. but neither is dry eye. However when im not talking.. i feel normal at the moment. I can deal with abit of pain from throat, just the talking is gonna be hard to live with.
      I want a cure

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      sasy123,

      I am looking at the prices and it is so much cheaper...my insurance only covers generic brands.

      I have never bought drugs over the internet, is this something that is commonly done...it is safe?

      Bernadette

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      azasite stinging

      Just curious does the Azasite burn terribly when you use it? I dread when I have to use it nightly (dont even need it , but Dr. said it would'nt hurt) because it burns so badly.

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      I use Azasite as well but it certainly doesn't last a whole two weeks. The bottle is tiny and expensive. $83 full price but I paid $50 with my insurance. However, it's a bear to get the drops out of the bottle! I've banged the bottle on a table and then it flows easier. Supposed to have 50 drops in the bottle... hmm..... maybe I'm doing something wrong because it didn't last that many for me.

      Twice daily, one drop in each eye. My employer just changed medical insurance providers and I need a refill of the drops NOW! ACK!

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      keep the bottle upside down and it will last more than 2 weeks



      Quote Originally Posted by krissy View Post
      I use Azasite as well but it certainly doesn't last a whole two weeks. The bottle is tiny and expensive. $83 full price but I paid $50 with my insurance. However, it's a bear to get the drops out of the bottle! I've banged the bottle on a table and then it flows easier. Supposed to have 50 drops in the bottle... hmm..... maybe I'm doing something wrong because it didn't last that many for me.

      Twice daily, one drop in each eye. My employer just changed medical insurance providers and I need a refill of the drops NOW! ACK!

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      I hold the bottle up side down and give it a tiny flick of my writst and then quicky get it over my eye.

      I have to admit that my eye Dr. gave me two 2.5ml bottles for free...that was very nice of him. After 4 weeks I am still using the first, but only one drop a day for me.

      Bernadette

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      i read that you should discard the bottle after 14 days...!

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      I know..I phoned my Dr. about that but he told me to keep using it until it is gone...I do wonder about that one but I also think my dry eye Dr. is amazing, but I am open to more thoughts on the 14 day shelf life.

      bernadette

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      I am now using it once a day and the pharmacy did say to pitch it after two weeks, but I'm sorry..... I have to use it for the next two months and I am not paying $35 every two weeks to use it when it's not gone yet.

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      Can we all work to research if this will help those, including myself, with MGD due to ocular rosacea (inflammation)?
      Current Diagnosis: MGD due to Ocular Rosacea , TBUT of 5 seconds

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      Quote Originally Posted by Meebo View Post
      Can we all work to research if this will help those, including myself, with MGD due to ocular rosacea (inflammation)?
      anyone have any feedback bbump?
      Current Diagnosis: MGD due to Ocular Rosacea , TBUT of 5 seconds

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