Xiidra, lifitegrast, by Shire Pharmaceuticals, Approved by FDA
Xiidra became FDA approved in mid-July 2016 and will be hitting the pharmacies this fall, so much of what to expect is based on the FDA trials done before approval. Some things have yet to be determined, but sharing what is known is important for the millions of people who could benefit from this medication!
What is Xiidra?
Xiidra comes in eye drop form, and the prescription for most people will be a drop in each eye twice a day. One main difference between Restasis, a decade-old medication used to treat dry eye, and Xiidra is that Xiidra is approved to treat not just dry eye signs but its symptoms as well. That distinction is because of the nature of the product. Xiidra stops a chemical chain reaction in the cells. When the drop hits the eye, the drop binds with proteins in the cells that stop the signals that would otherwise create many of the problems and symptoms of dry eye including itching, burning, pain, and redness. This effect can be noticed quite quickly!
Xiidra was found to start working in test subjects as early as two weeks after the beginning of the application and most felt the difference within 12 weeks. That’s a huge jump forward from Restasis, which typically takes about six months before a real difference is felt by users.
What Are the Possible Side Effects?
Keep in mind, the FDA trials tested only a few thousand subjects, so further side effects could be found as the drops hit the market and are used more comprehensively. But the side effects determined by the trial are noted to be the following:
- Between 5-25% of those using the drops felt burning in their eyes when they first put them in
- Blurry vision immediately after insertion
- A strange or bad taste in the mouth (dysgeusia) immediately after application
- Between 1-5% reported a headache, redness of the eyes, watering eyes, discharge from the eyes, and runny nose, to name a few relatively insignificant others
- Make sure to check out our blog on Important Contraindications and Side Effects of Xiidra!
It has been 13 years since Restasis was approved, and nothing since then (until Xiidra!) has been developed for dry eye. During that time, eye specialists and researchers have learned a lot more about dry eye, but it is still a relatively new field with just the two options available. We can’t wait to see what happens with this new drop! Make sure to educate yourself about the differences between Xiidra and Restasis!
And Now...What Does Xiidra Cost?
No one is certain at this point what the price point will be on Xiidra, and everyone’s insurance plan is different. Restasis (without insurance) runs approximately $400 per month for those using drops in each eye twice a day. Most pharma experts believe Xiidra will be in a similar price range, although both manufacturers have significant savings plans that you should ask your optometrist about! These savings plans can save you hundreds of dollars in the long run.
Approximately 16 million adults receive a dry eye diagnosis each year. With that being the case, Xiidra is bound to see a healthy interest as patients try it. Long-term effects will take a time to learn, but for now, Xiidra looks like a great option - one that we can’t wait to try in our own practice! If you want to learn more, check out Xiidra: Your Relief From Dry Eye.
A great way to save on costs is to sign up for a Xiidra insiders card: https://www.xiidraiinsider.com/
by Dr. Travis Zigler | Posted in burning eyes, dry eye, dry eye disease, dry eye drops, dry eye medication, dry eye syndrome, eye drops, eye drops for dry eyes, eye love, Eye Love for Dry Eyes, eye pain, eye problems, eyelove drops, eyelove dry eye, eyelove eye drops, Heyedrate, itchy eyes, jennifer aniston eye drops, lifitegrast, my eye love, myeyelove, prescription eye drops, prescription eye drops for dry eyes, xiidra, xiidra cost, xiidra coupon, xiidra eye drops, xiidra package insert, xiidra side effects and zydra eye drops | |
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