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Smoking of marijuana during the consumption of steroids for optic neuritis - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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My son is being treated for optic neuritis with intravenous steriods, twice daily for the next three days. He also smokes marijuana is this dangerous and will be diminish the effectiveness of the steriods. I am terrified of him going blind.
User :   My son is being treated for optic neuritis with intravenous steriods, twice daily for the next three days. He also smokes marijuana is this dangerous and will be diminish the effectiveness of the steriods. I am terrified of him going blind.
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   let me read your query
Doctor :   marijuana has no major side effects ove rhte long term and does not affect the treatment with steroids as well
Doctor :   as far as the optic neuritis, is concerned, it depends on the extent of involvement and the cause in the first place that is causing it
User :   Is there any effect if my son has smoked marijuana during the course of steroid administration. I'm advising him against using marijuana and making sure his physician is informed.
Doctor :   no there are no effects as such
Doctor :   but he should refrain from using it, as this can decrease his judgement
User :   Thanks. We do not yet know the extent of involvement and cause of optic neuritis. We do fear that it's MS, but we do not know. Thanks for the advice.
Doctor :   you are most welcome
Doctor :   thanks for consulting me here
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