Can Temporal Arteritis Symptoms be Caused by Medication

Posted by dbrown400 @dbrown400, Tue, Aug 6 6:48pm

Hello, My wife was placed on generic Imdur ER, 7 days later she had a massive bilateral headache, even after the Imdur was stopped the right eye was blurred and seeing double and she had pain on the right side. On day 7 on the imdur she had been out at a theme park all day walking and it was quite warm. This is when the headache, blurred and double vision started. She was diagnosed with Temporal Arteritis, all blood tests, CT and MRI as well as biopsys of both sides were negative. IV steroids were given in the hospital for 3 days. Now on 60mg of prednisone daily. Seen by RA specialist, Neurologists and eye specialist multiple times… the pain and double vision is gone with just some haze still in the right eye. Peripheral vision test shows an area in the right eye in the lower right quadrant where the double vision had been the most severe where she can not see.
As I understand it, imdur is a vassal dilator and from what I read side effects can be magnified by standing for long periods of time in hot weather.
I keep asking the specialists if the temporal arterial inflammation could have been caused by the imdur and keep getting rebuffed.
Anyone have any thoughts?

Hi @dbrown400 welcome to Connect. That must be frustrating to have this happen to your wife.

I'd like to share this article about the side effects of Imdur: https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-2552/imdur-oral/details

I'd also like to tag fellow Connect members @crhp194 and @tinkerbell may be able to offer you support as your wife works to life with this new diagnosis.

Back to you @dbrown400 how are your wife's side effects now? Also, what was the reason for being prescribed Imdur?

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Hi @dbrown400 welcome to Connect. That must be frustrating to have this happen to your wife.

I'd like to share this article about the side effects of Imdur: https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-2552/imdur-oral/details

I'd also like to tag fellow Connect members @crhp194 and @tinkerbell may be able to offer you support as your wife works to life with this new diagnosis.

Back to you @dbrown400 how are your wife's side effects now? Also, what was the reason for being prescribed Imdur?

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Alas I am unable to help as I take methotrexate for Giant Cell Arteritis. It is an anti- inflammatory drug. I have taken this since August of 2016 and have had little to no side effects. Carol

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