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

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

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
Optic Neuritis (8)
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Treatment name(s)

(Solu-Medrol Infusion)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
Optic Neuritis (7)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
Pain (6)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
Pain (6)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Depressed mood (4) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Anxious mood (1) Insomnia (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Nuvigil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Fatigue (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Depressed mood (3) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

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

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Pain (3)

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

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for Optic Neuritis (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Edema (fluid retention) Weight gain 8 more
How many evaluations
7
Tried for
Optic Neuritis (8)
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Treatment name(s)

(Solu-Medrol Infusion)
Perceived effectiveness
for Optic Neuritis (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Headaches 3 more
How many evaluations
4
Tried for
Optic Neuritis (7)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Edema in lower extremities Muscle and joint pain 1 more
How many evaluations
5
Tried for
Pain (6)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Pale
How many evaluations
3
Tried for
Pain (6)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Brain fog Dizziness
How many evaluations
3
Tried for
Depressed mood (4) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Dry mouth Mood changes 1 more
How many evaluations
2
Tried for
Anxious mood (1) Insomnia (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Nuvigil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fatigue (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Jittery feeling
How many evaluations
4
Tried for
Fatigue (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea
How many evaluations
3
Tried for
Depressed mood (3) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Provigil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fatigue (2 evaluations)
Side effects
How many evaluations
2
Tried for
Fatigue (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Weight gain
How many evaluations
3
Tried for
Pain (3)

Data from patients with Optic Neuritis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Optic Neuritis on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 3
20s 29
30s 78
40s 88
50s 65
60s 22
70+ 5

Sex

Distribution of sex

87% Female
13% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 19
20-29 years 57
30-39 years 47
40-49 years 44
50-59 years 8
60-69 years 2
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 226
Not Diagnosed 5

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