Xiidra vs Restasis - Costs, Side Effects, Benefits, and More
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.
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!
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!
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- Dr. Travis Zigler