[Research relating the use of systematic drug and cataracts]

Zhonghua Yan Ke Za Zhi. 2013 May;49(5):468-71.
[Article in Chinese]


Cataract is the leading cause of blindness in the world. The use of certain drugs is one of the risk factors for lens opacities, such as glucocorticoids and chlorpromazine. We reviewed new studies regarding the relationship between cataract formation and drugs that have become more widely used in recent years, such as statins, anti-epileptic drugs, antidepressants, tamoxifen, amiodarone, eltrombopag, isotretinoin, nifedipine and quetiapine. We hope this review could offer suggestions and reference for clinical doctors.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anticonvulsants / adverse effects*
  • Antidepressive Agents / adverse effects
  • Cataract / chemically induced*
  • Drug Administration Routes
  • Humans
  • Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors / adverse effects*
  • Risk Factors


  • Anticonvulsants
  • Antidepressive Agents
  • Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors