Optic neuritis

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What is optic neuritis?

Optic neuritis is the inflammation of the optic nerve that may cause a complete or partial loss of vision. It is classified as either intraocular, affecting the part of the nerve within the eyeball, or retrobulbar, affecting the portion behind the eyeball.

Common symptoms reported by people with optic neuritis

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with optic neuritis

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
optic neuritis (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Solu-Medrol Infusion)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
optic neuritis (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Provigil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
fatigue (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Diamox)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
optic neuritis (1)

Data from patients with optic neuritis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with optic neuritis

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for optic neuritis (4 evaluations)
Side effects
edema (fluid retention) elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) 6 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
optic neuritis (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
edema in lower extremities nausea
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Solu-Medrol Infusion)
Perceived effectiveness
for optic neuritis (3 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood headaches 2 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
optic neuritis (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Provigil)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (3 evaluations)
Side effects
tachycardia (fast heart rate)
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
fatigue (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
cognitive confusion daytime sleepiness 1 more
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog dizziness
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Diamox)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
optic neuritis (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with optic neuritis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has optic neuritis on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 3
20s 22
30s 89
40s 91
50s 79
60s 29
70+ 7
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 20
20-29 years 58
30-39 years 49
40-49 years 49
50-59 years 10
60-69 years 2
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

87% Female
13% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 238
Not Diagnosed 5

These charts show data from optic neuritis patients who have completed their condition history
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