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Xiidra vs Restasis - Costs, Side Effects, Benefits, and More

October 20, 2016 3 min read

Dr. Travis Zigler Discusses the Benefits of Xiidra Over Restasis

Xiidra has just been introduced to dry eye sufferers, the first new prescription eye drops for dry eyes in 13 years. Restasis was the last new one and was approved by the FDA in 2003. But there has been a lot of research in those years and 2003 when Restasis was first introduced, people didn’t really know much about dry eye as a condition. What they knew of it was more of a description of its symptoms. So what does Xiidra provide that Restasis doesn’t, and vice versa?

Xiidra’s Benefits Over Restasis

Restasis is a pharmaceutical-grade product but is only approved for the treatment of dry eye and it’s primary benefit is that it helps people with dry eye eventually begin to recover higher quality eye moisture. Xiidra has been approved not just for the treatment of dry eye signs, but for its symptoms as well. It sounds like a technicality, but it’s a big one!

Xiidra treats the symptoms such as dryness, redness, pain, headaches, irritation, and the like, and some patients experience improvements within two weeks, more by six weeks, and most by 12 weeks of use. That’s a big improvement on Restasis, which is recommended to be used for six months before most patients see improvement, and then it is only in increasing tear production. The six-month issue has been one of the big problems for those using Restasis and many quits using it before they reach the benefit stage. Buying Restasis at the cash price (not considering insurance coverage) usually, runs about $400 per month for people using two drops per day per eye.  Xiidra costs can be comparable, but they offer a coupon program here Xiidra Coupon.

You can also learn more about What to Expect When Using Xiidra and other important info here.

Restasis and Xiidra Side Effects

As mentioned, some using Restasis experience a burning sensation when they apply the drops. There are some who have a similar response to Xiidra, but the numbers appear lower – at least from the trials run to get FDA approval. Those numbers could climb as Xiidra begins to see more widespread use, but it does not seem to be a huge factor.

Other side effects experienced by those using Xiidra during the trial phase, but at a much lesser level, include a strange or bad taste in the mouth and blurry vision right after application of the drops. Also, no tests were done with women who were pregnant or breastfeeding. For those who are breastfeeding or pregnant, check with your doctor, but it’s probably better to avoid the use of any medications during that time. Learn more about Xiidra's contraindications and side effects here!

Contact Lenses

Restasis users are generally told not to wear contact lenses while using their eye drops. Xiidra users can still wear contacts; they just have to remove them before putting the drops in their eyes and then wait at least 15 minutes before putting the lenses back in. Even easier, you can just use Xiidra before inserting the lenses in the morning and then again after taking them out at night. Read here for more tips on contact lens-related dry eye.

Most people believe Xiidra is a step up from anything else available, and time will tell if this is the case. Have you tried Xiidra yet? What about Restasis? Any success stories out there? Want to forget about all these drops and cure your dry eye naturally? Click Here to learn how to cure dry eye naturally!

One Love,

Dr. Travis Zigler

Dr. Travis Zigler
SeeEO of Eye Love
Director of the Dry Eye Syndrome Support Community
Click Here to learn how to cure dry eye naturally

 


39 Responses

Marge Rossi
Marge Rossi

January 14, 2019

The pharmacy would not accept coupons so I paid $645 for the prescription, don’t think it will happen again!

Lowest price found so far is $442.

We have Medicare and private supplement, was told no coupons accepted!

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linda
linda

December 11, 2018

xiidra BURNS my eyes and makes them bleary for the day. The cost is incredible – I personally think they are not worth the $$$

Dr. Jenna Zigler
Dr. Jenna Zigler

August 14, 2018

Hey Susan – Sure! If you’re feeling better on our products, there’s no reason not to try. you’ll save some money too :)
One Love, Dr. Jenna Zigler

Susan Dailey
Susan Dailey

August 14, 2018

Of course with the diet you recommend. Have already started that. 😆

Susan Dailey
Susan Dailey

August 14, 2018

I’ve been using Restasis for about 4 years. Can I ween myself off of it after using your product ie omega, lid and lash spray, warm compress, tea tree oil soap?

Diane Brennan
Diane Brennan

May 16, 2018

I have been on Restasis for almost a month, and I have come to the conclusion that these drops cause more harm than good. When I take the drops, my eyes hurt all day long. It makes my eyes sore and it causes a dull throbbing pain. Not worth it! I may ask to try Xidra – my insurance company initially rejected it and forced me to use Restasis, but I cannot tolerate that medicine. My eyes feel best after a course of Lotemax, can I stay on those drops long term?
Thank you for this forum.

Jenna Zigler
Jenna Zigler

April 24, 2018

Hey Maribel. We are definitely not blowing off dry eyes as a secondary problem! We always say that dry eyes are a symptom of a bigger problem, of which you are suffering (RA, fibromyalgia, sjogrens). I would highly suggest reading Travis’s book and looking into your diet, hydration, and other things that may be underlying your inflammation. Best of luck!
Here is the link to Dr. Travis Zigler’s Book, Rethinking Dry Eye Treatment: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076CLZ198/ref=redir_mobile_desktop?encoding=UTF8&dpID=516JI2AqqLL&dpPl=1&keywords=Dry%20eye%20book&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&qid=1507740010&ref=plSrch&ref_=mp_s_a_120&sr=8-20

Maribel
Maribel

April 16, 2018

I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, and Sjogrens. I’m on Pilocarpine pills 4 times a day with no real success and oral Prednisone. I have been on DMARDs for my RA as well but can no longer take them. I tried Restasis twice and could not tolerate the pain it caused. I have just been given Xiidra by my eye doctor and it’s causing more dryness and pain. I have commercial insurance and the doctor gave me a coupon for 1 month free and 10.00 a month afterwards. This is even if I can tolerate it. The doctor also gave me a prescription for Bromide which is very expensive even with insurance so I called to ask for Diclofenac Sodium eye drops instead. I’m waiting for a response from the doctors office now to see what will happen next. My eye pain has been so bad the past 8 years that I have even wanted my eyes removed at the time. I know that sounds extreme but the pain has been that bad. I was a nurse for a little over 24 years but due to my health I have had to stop. My joint and muscular pain is painful enough but add the eye pain and dryness and it can be unbearable at times. Since I’m not working, I get the chance to close my eyes more and I’m not around chemicals or smoke that irritates my eyes more. My eye doctor told me their Are other treatments such as plasma that is used to create your own tears but the treatment can be expensive. Dry eyes is a serous and painful condition and should not be blown off as a secondary problem.

Shirley Saunders
Shirley Saunders

December 09, 2017

My doctor prescribed Restatis but the Pharmacist gave me Xiidra. Is this a generic alternative. The first time I used it the drops stung for quite a while, is this normal, should I be concerned?

LORI
LORI

August 10, 2017

I used Restasis for about 4 years. It helped with tear production, but I still had the grit feeling in my eyes most days along with other dry eye symptoms. My Optometrist recently suggested Xiidra. I have used it for about a week and I am already THRILLED at the result! No more gritty feeling! It’s amazing! I find the eye drop vials are sufficient with (2) drops, one for each eye, with no waste left over. I only have a slight stinging feeling, and a bit of blur shortly after using the drops, and then, just relief! I can’t wait until a few weeks go by to see how much more improvement I get. #EyeLove Xiidra!! So far, so very, very good!!!!! Also, I received a card for first month absolutely free from my Optometrist, and additional refills for 12 months at only $10/month. I was paying $80/month for Restasis after insurance. I am beyond happy with Xiidra! :)

LORI
LORI

August 10, 2017

I used Restasis for about 4 years. It helped with tear production, but I still had the grit feeling in my eyes most days along with other dry eye symptoms. My Optometrist recently suggested Xiidra. I have used it for about a week and I am already THRILLED at the result! No more gritty feeling! It’s amazing! I find the eye drop vials are sufficient with (2) drops, one for each eye, with no waste left over. I only have a slight stinging feeling, and a bit of blur shortly after using the drops, and then, just relief! I can’t wait until a few weeks go by to see how much more improvement I get. #EyeLove Xiidra!! So far, so very, very good!!!!! Also, I received a card for first month absolutely free from my Optometrist, and additional refills for 12 months at only $10/month. I was paying $80/month for Restasis after insurance. I am beyond happy with Xiidra! :)

Mary Ann Gilman
Mary Ann Gilman

May 01, 2017

The amount of fluid in the vial is not enough to do the job!! Price is too high!!!! Come on, this is ridiculous!!

mary brennan
mary brennan

April 26, 2017

I love xiidra! Relief finally after years of suffering with dry eye and consulting many doctors and exhausting all treatments. I could not use restasis. My eyes literally hurt all day with restasis. Thank you !

Liz
Liz

April 14, 2017

I used Restasis and it seemed to help. Due to cost i stopped.
Big mistake
Tried Xiidra. The blurry eyes lasted for quite a while. Not acceptable. Contents of viles too little.
Restasis might cost more but viles have more priduct and can be used until drops are gone. Im going back to Restasis!

Ali
Ali

April 08, 2017

I have Sjogrens & Raynauds autoimmune disease. I have extremely dry eyes and have experienced corneal damage as a result. I used Restasis and took myself off it. It aggravated my eyes and made them worse then they are. I began Xiidra last December, using it twice a day for a month. It is a miracle drug. Because of the cost even with insurance, $208.92 a month, I now only use it once a day in the morning. It helps tremendously. I can only imagine the effect if I were able to use it twice a day as prescribed. I agree with others who say there is very little medication in the vial to truly deliver a complete drop/dose. I use Thera Tears as needed to compensate for the once a day dosage.

Donna
Donna

April 01, 2017

The price of xiidra is ridiculous as well as the amount that comes in each vial. I will be calling my eye doctor and going back to Restasis. No way this drug is beneficial to me. Have been a Restasis user for years with no problems.

Rosiet
Rosiet

March 29, 2017

Will be starting xiidra tonight. Restatis was a big flop for me…used for years… and actually aggravated my eyes ALL day. Took myself off once I figured that out. My eyes are bad enough. I have very severe dry eye. All tear ducts have been cauterized and use steroid drops and fish oil. Corneas are damaged. I have have two autoimmune diseases contributing to problem. I am really hoping to get good results with this and at least get off steroid drops.

David
David

March 24, 2017

My eyes produce 1/20th of normal tear production , i.e. Severe dry eye . My transplanted corneas are likely correlated to this condition . I need drops every 15 min , 30 min max or I can’t see and it’s very uncomfortable
I tried restasis for 8 months , I wish I could say it helped , I didn’t notice any changes .
Xiidra has been helpful . I’ve noticed I can go almost 60 minutes sometimes even 2 hours without drops on occasion .
However , xiidra has an insidious eye dropper , they give you a tiny amount and you can’t reuse the dropper. It’s very annoying how little they provide in each dropper , restasis doesn’t do that , they give you enough .
I don’t use corporate health Insurance , unfortunately many of those plans are terrible. Based on having good health insurance , both drops are affordable , but still a go pay . Fight for single payer health care

Tamie
Tamie

March 20, 2017

Who can afford either of these medications? I was given a prescription for Xiidra and even with insurance it is $252.00 a month. Needless to say, I did not get it.

Dr. Travis Zigler
Dr. Travis Zigler

March 17, 2017

Hey Kathy,

Unfortunately we have nothing to do with the drops but we would be more than happy to show you our omega 3 supplements, which is healthier and less expensive option. You can go to the link below to check it out! Have a great day!

Omega 3 Formula – https://eyelovethesun.com/collections/dry-eye-syndrome/products/dryeyesupplement

Also, it might be worth it for you to check out our “Subscribe and Save” option that saves you 30% off. Products are automatically delivered on your schedule. No obligation, modify or cancel your subscription anytime.

One Love,
Dr. Travis Zigler

Kathy
Kathy

March 16, 2017

I have dry eye and my Dr prescribed this. I did receive the first prescript free. However I was shocked to hear after that it would cost $400 and must be preaapproved because my insurance is Tricare prime. People on fixed income can’t afford this if not approved. I just see why it cost so much.

Joan S.
Joan S.

February 06, 2017

To avoid Xiidra’s bad taste, put your finger on the inside corner of your eye and press lightly for about a minute after you put in the drop. This is in the instructions, and my eye doctor told me to do this, too. It prevents the drop from going down your throat. I have absolutely no problem with the bad taste, when I do this. It’s simple. I started using Xiidra about two months ago, and had improvement within a week. It’s expensive, but I am now starting to use just one drop a day. It still works and I can stretch out the vials this way.

Dr. Jenna Zigler
Dr. Jenna Zigler

January 31, 2017

Sandy- Do whatever your doctor has recommended for you. Xiidra will take at least 2 weeks to a couple months to notice positive changes. Hope that helps!

Sandy Beebe
Sandy Beebe

January 30, 2017

Can I use both Restasis and Xiidra; On Xiidra for one week and symptoms are worse.

Dr. Jenna Zigler
Dr. Jenna Zigler

January 28, 2017

Emma – This is, unfortunately, a major side effect of Xiidra. It does taste super bad to some people. Try using it and then drinking water or a smoothie to help soothe the off-putting taste!

EMMA JEANNE BERGFELS
EMMA JEANNE BERGFELS

January 26, 2017

my main problem with xiidra is the taste that comes with it. I gag every time I put the drops in, it makes me dread putting them in my eyes

Dr. Jenna Zigler
Dr. Jenna Zigler

January 18, 2017

Joseph- Dry Eye Disease is unfortunately something that requires lifelong treatment. Whether it is Restasis or Xiidra, treatment will need to continue for you to see benefits from it. Neither of these medications will cause dependency, though, so you should feel free to try either of them and see how they work for you!

Joseph Robinson
Joseph Robinson

January 14, 2017

I have been told that once one uses Restasis they must continue and not stop. Is that true and if so….is that the case with xiidra?
Thank you!

Dr. Travis Zigler
Dr. Travis Zigler

January 02, 2017

Cost varies based on insurance plans/coverage and area of the country. Eye Love has no association with Xiidra and we completely agree with you that the cost is very high.

High costs for new medications are due to all the research and development that goes into a new medication. To get it approved by the FDA it costs millions of dollars.

If cost is a concern, try taking our Dry Eye Supplement. Here is a link to it: https://eyelovethesun.com/products/dryeyesupplement?variant=25833577411

One Love,
Dr. Travis Zigler
www.eyelovethesun.com
www.dryeyecommunity.com

Dr. Travis Zigler
Dr. Travis Zigler

January 02, 2017

Cost varies based on insurance plans/coverage and area of the country. Eye Love has no association with Xiidra and we completely agree with you that the cost is very high.

High costs for new medications are due to all the research and development that goes into a new medication. To get it approved by the FDA it costs millions of dollars.

If cost is a concern, try taking our Dry Eye Supplement. Here is a link to it: https://eyelovethesun.com/products/dryeyesupplement?variant=25833577411

One Love,
Dr. Travis Zigler
www.eyelovethesun.com
www.dryeyecommunity.com

Cindy Jordan
Cindy Jordan

January 01, 2017

I’m sorry, but I don’t care how good xiidra is supposed to be, even with insurance it is too expensive. The doctor gave me discount coupons which do not apply if you have insurance. I decided I would go ahead and pay the $50 with insurance vs $535 without. Only once! I suppose people with extreme cases would not mind the price if it gave them relief. I know I would pay any price (about $20 a pill) to get Imitrex because it rids me of migraine headaches. I am lucky that I am able to get the number allowed on the prescription to last the whole month. I don’t understand why it cost so much.

kate Deguzis
kate Deguzis

January 01, 2017

what is the cost of the eyelove compared to restasis

Arline vanhorn
Arline vanhorn

December 29, 2016

What is the cost

Dr. Travis Zigler
Dr. Travis Zigler

December 12, 2016

A great alternative to Restasis and Xiidra is taking a Dry Eye Supplement like the one we offer.

Here is a link to it: https://eyelovethesun.com/products/dryeyesupplement?variant=25833577411

One Love,
Dr. Travis Zigler
www.eyelovethesun.com
www.dryeyecommunity.com

ANNE
ANNE

December 11, 2016

I have been using Restasis for many years but I still have days when my eyes hurt and water horribly. I would like to try Xiidra and I will probably contact my eye doctor when I have my next flare up. A few weeks ago I was in intense pain. The eye doctor found an abrasion on one eye caused by dry eye disease. This was despite the regular use of Restasis, eye drops, night eye ointment and taping one eye shut at night.

Carla C
Carla C

December 11, 2016

Have been on Restasis X 1yr w/ minimal improvement and cost is excessive with my high deductible health insurance. Use OTC lubricating drops 20+ X /day….. Would love an alternative.

Michele
Michele

November 30, 2016

Finally having insurance, I focused on the health of my eyes: chronic dry eye symptoms for several decades! I was so happy to finally have a diagnosis and the prescription for Restasis. I understood the delay in results. Long story short, My eyes actually worsened with Restasis. After many (near monthly) office visits and trying to rule out other factors for the symptoms, even having several equally expensive steroid eye drops prescribed to reduce the inflammation, I never had a look of success. I quit seeing the doctors and stopped using Restasis mid-month. I have had more normal eyes since stopping restasis but I still have those symptoms that come at me randomly and usually when I need my eyes to behave. I learned of Xiidra through my eyelove email newsletters. I did not get enough info to know if Xiidra will work for me. I’d love to feel confident that my eyes will not be irritated at future special engagements. I feel like an incredibly new person when I don’t have to dab at my eyes or worry my makeup will wash off (right eye is affected eye) my one eye and make me look like I completely forgot to make up my right eye! I need to find something that can remedy these symptoms and it does sound like Xiidra may be the item I’ve been praying for. I wish my Ophthalmologist’s had mentioned the new item coming out soon. I can’t wait to give it a try….

Hallie Dierken
Hallie Dierken

November 25, 2016

I have been using Restasis for 2 years and would love to try something new.

Sharon Sharp
Sharon Sharp

November 21, 2016

Have used restasis and saw some improvement but the cost was becoming prohibited and still had to use OTC drops. Would still experience same symptoms just not as severe.

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