7 Medications That Dry Out Your Eyes

Dry eye is a condition in which inadequate tear production leads to eyes that burn, sting, or feel gritty, among other symptoms. While there are multiple causes, one to consider is medication. A surprising number of over-the-counter and prescription meds can cause dry eye.


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Why are my eyes dry?

If your eyes are dry and irritated, ask yourself: Could the little pill you pop each day be the culprit?

People taking over-the-counter and prescription medications may not realize the extent to which common pills, sprays, drops and liquids can starve the eyes of adequate hydration.

Dry eye, a chronic condition that’s more serious than just a one-time bout of dry eyes. has been linked to everything from cold relief medicines to prescription heart medicines.

And for people on multiple drugs, the potential risk to the eyes is compounded, says Stephanie Crist, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy in Missouri.

Here are a few categories of medicines linked to dry eye:

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