Let’s talk about the pros and cons of each medication
- Restasis® has been FDA approved for over a decade. Therefore, most eye doctors have a lot of experience with the medication and subsequent side effects.
- There are two different ways to receive this medication. One option is single-use individual vials. The other is the new Restasis® MultiDose™ bottle (shown above). Some patients feel this bottle is easier to use.
- Restasis® usually takes 3 months or longer for patients to feel an improvement in their symptoms.
- Depending on your insurance coverage, it can be expensive (although there is a rebate card available).
- Restasis® can cause burning when putting the drop in.
- There can be improvements in symptoms in as early as two weeks.
- With the Xiidra® rebate card, the first month of Xiidra® is free. This allows you to try out the medication to see if it’s working.
- Depending on your insurance coverage, it can be expensive (although there is a rebate card available from your eye doctor).
- It can cause irritation and a strange taste in your mouth. This unusual taste bothers some patients more than others.
Thankfully, we now have two medications that can help patients with dry eye! Wondering if you’re a candidate for Restasis® or Xiidra®? Talk to your eye care professional for more information.
|Dosing?||One drop twice a day approximately 12 hours apart.||One drop twice a day approximately 12 hours apart.|
|Common side effects?||Burning with putting in the drop, redness, and blurry vision.||Eye irritation, discomfort or blurred vision, and an unusual taste sensation.|
|When do symptoms start to improve?||Roughly 3 months.||Can be as early as 2 weeks.
|Cost?||Depends on insurance but Restasis® does offer a rebate card card.||Depends on insurance but Xiidra® does offer a rebate card that gives you the first month for free.|