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Xiidra (Lifitegrast Ophthalmic Solution) Medication Information
Xiidra is a prescription eye drop that may be given to treat symptoms of dry eye disease (DED).
Symptoms of DED may include eye discomfort, dryness, and redness. People with DED do not produce enough tears to lubricate the eyes.
Xiidra works by binding to the protein LFA-1 in cells of the immune system called leukocytes. Xiidra prevents LFA-1 protein from interacting with ICAM-1 protein in corneal and conjunctival cells, preventing DED symptoms.
The standard dose is one drop twice daily in each eye.
Take Xiidra exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
Common drug-drug interactions with Xiidra can include:
- Application site irritation
- Blurred vision
- Conjunctival hyperemia
- Decreased visual acuity
- Eye discharge
- Eye discomfort
- Eye irritation
- Eye pruritus
- Increased lacrimation
There are no known significant drug-drug interactions with Xiidra. Not enough absorbs into the bloodstream to cause interactions.
When applying different types of eye drops at the same time, separate their application by at least five minutes to ensure that each has enough time to absorb.
Store Xiidra at room temperature (close to 20-25°C [68-77°F]).
Xiidra is supplied in single-use containers. Store them in the original foil pouches until use.
- Do not touch the tip of the single-use container to the tip of the eye or other non-sterile surfaces as it can contaminate the drug and lead to an eye injury.
- Wait 15 minutes after applying Xiidra before placing contact lenses.
- Use Xiidra single-use containers immediately after opening and do not store them opened for later use. Discard any remaining contents immediately after use.
What should I do to prepare for the administration of Xiidra?
Wash the hands thoroughly before each administration. Remove any contact lenses you are wearing and wait at least 15 minutes before placing them back in the eye.
How often should I take Xiidra?
The normal dosage is one drop into each eye every 12 hours.
Do I need to store these drops in the refrigerator?
No, you should store Xiidra at room temperature.
- Xiidra [package insert]. Lexington, MA: Shire; 2016.
Author: Dr. Conor Sheehy, PharmD, BCPS
Dr. Sheehy is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist. He has worked in multiple practice settings, including retail and hospital pharmacies, and in medical clinics. He specializes in anticoagulation, psychiatric medications, and diabetes medications. He strives to empower his patients to understand their medications and improve their overall medical care.
The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.