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Xiidra - Overview
Xiidra (lifitegrast) eye drops are a type of medication used in treating symptoms associated with dry eye disease. People who need a lifitegrast eye drop prescription can use Push Health to connect with a medical provider who can prescribe Xiidra ophthalmic solution when appropriate and indicated to do so.
How Does Xiidra Work?
Lifitegrast, marketed under the brand name Xiidra, belongs to a class of medications known as lymphocyte function-associated antigen-1 (LFA-1) antagonists. As an LFA-1 antagonist, Xiidra is thought to work by binding to cell proteins of cells in the immune system known as leukocytes that are active in dry eye disease. Through this process, Xiidra may slow down the adhesion of other cells known as T-cells and block the secretion of inflammatory chemicals known as cytokines. While these activities seemingly blunt some of the actions of the immune system in the eyes, the exact mechanism of how Xiidra results in changes in ocular symptoms is not well understood. Despite the lack of a full understanding of how Xiidra works, Xiidra is approved for the treatment of the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease (DED).
Xiidra - Cost and Coupon
Xiidra (lifitegrast ophthalmic solution) 5% is expensive, costing approximately $9 per ampule of Xiidra 5% solution. Xiidra's costs may be covered by insurance plans but it depends on the range of benefits offered by the plan. Xiidra coupons may also be available online or through the manufacturer and Xiidra copay cards may exist at times. In Xiidra, lifitegrast is found in a 50 mg / 5 mL solution (Xiidra 5%). Lifitegrast itself is found as a white powder that dissolves well in water. Many dosing regimens recommend administering one drop of Xiidra twice daily in each eye approximately 12 hours apart. Before using Xiidra, contact lenses should be taken out. Xiidra should be stored between 20° C and 25° C when not in use.
Can I Buy Xiidra Online?
Xiidra is not easily available in the United States as it requires a prescription from a medical provider before it can be obtained from a pharmacy. As a result, one cannot just buy Xiidra online or pick up Xiidra OTC at a pharmacy. People who need Xiidra, however, can use Push Health to connect with a local medical provider who can prescribe Xiidra eye drops when appropriate and safe to do so.
Xiidra - Side Effects
Xiidra, like other eye drop medications, can cause side effects. Side effects that can result from Xiidra use include irritation and redness in the eyes, visual changes, and changes in one's sensation of the taste of food. Other side effects that can result from Xiidra eye drop use include headache, tearing, discharge, sinus irritation and conjunctival swelling. Xiidra and alcohol should not be used together. People with a known hypersensitivity to Xiidra or lifitegrast should not use the medication. Prior to using Xiidra, it is important to discuss possible side effects and other concerns with one's medical provider and pharmacist.
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Last updated October 7, 2019. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.