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Xiidra is a ophthalmic solution, administered into the eyes, consisting of a lymphocyte function-associated antigen-1 (LFA-1) antagonist called lifitegrast. We carry the brand choice of this medication in 5%!
Xiidra is prescribed to help treat dry eye disease. This is a condition that occurs when your tear ducts are not providing adequate lubrication for your eyes, usually either because you don’t produce enough tears or produce poor-quality tears. Dry eyes feel uncomfortable, usually a stinging or burning sensation in your eyes; you may also have stringy mucus in or around your eyes, eye redness, or a sensation of having something in your eye. Dry eyes can be caused by decreased tear production, as mentioned previously, but it can also be caused by increased evaporation. Increased evaporation can include wind, smoke, or dry air, blinking less often (like when your reading or doing other activities that require concentration), or eyelid problems.
Xiidra (lifitegrast) is effective at treating dry eye disease because it is able to block a certain protein on the surface of cells in your body. This protein is typically the cause of not being able to produce healthy tears or not being able to produce any tears at all.
Only take this medication the way that your doctor has directed you too. Taking the incorrect dose can lead to unwanted side effects, ineffectiveness, or adverse interactions; avoid taking more or less of a dose than recommended. This medication should be protected from heat, moisture, and light to avoid nullifying the medication; keep the lid tightly closed when not in use. Wash your hands and remove any contact lens before applying the drops.
Commonly, this medication is given as one drop in each eye twice per day, usually every 12 hours.
How to administer Xiidra (lifitegrast)
Do not use Xiidra (lifitegrast)
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to lifitegrast or those under the age of 17 years old.
Dose adjustment or special precautions may be required
To ensure this medication is safe for you, tell your doctor about all medical conditions, all medications, and all drug allergies you may currently have.
It is not known if this drug will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you plan on becoming pregnant or if you are currently pregnant.
It has not been established if this medication will pass into breast milk or if it will harm a nursing infant. Tell your doctor if you are breast feeding.
Common side effects of Xiidra (lifitegrast) may include:
The above side effects should not alarm you.
Serious side effects of Xiidra (lifitegrast) may include:
If you have any of the above side effects, contact your doctor right away.
Please note this is not a complete list of side effects. Not everyone experiences side effects; they are not guaranteed. If you do have side effects and they become unmanageable, consult your doctor about alternate medications.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Apply the eye drops as soon as you remember. If your next dose is approaching soon, you may skip the missed dose. Continue on as scheduled. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
What is the recommended dose of Xiidra?
For an adult, the recommended dose is one drop in each eye twice a day.
Is an overdose on this medication dangerous?
An overdose on this drug is not expected to be dangerous. If you suspect an overdose, contact medical emergency service or your local poison control.
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