Cost, Side Effects, Dosage, Use for Dry Eye, and More

Like most drugs, Cequa may cause mild or serious side effects. The lists below describe some of the more common side effects that Cequa may cause. These lists don’t include all possible side effects.

Keep in mind that side effects of a drug can depend on:

  • your age
  • other health conditions you have
  • other medications you take

Your doctor or pharmacist can tell you more about the potential side effects of Cequa. They can also suggest ways to help reduce side effects.

Mild side effects

Here’s a short list of some of the mild side effects that Cequa can cause. To learn about other mild side effects, talk with your doctor or pharmacist, or read Cequa’s prescribing information.

Mild side effects of Cequa that have been reported include:

Mild side effects may go away within a few days to a couple of weeks. But if they become bothersome, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.

* For more information about this side effect, see the “Side effect focus” section below.

Serious side effects

Serious side effects from Cequa are possible, but none were reported in the drug’s studies.

If you think you’re having any serious side effects from Cequa, call your doctor right away. If it might be a medical emergency, call 911 or your local emergency number.

Side effect focus

Learn more about some of the side effects Cequa may cause.

Burning of the eyes

Burning of the eyes is the most common side effect reported by people who used Cequa in studies.

This burning sensation can happen when you’re putting Cequa drops in your eyes. It should go away within a few minutes.

What might help

Talk with your doctor if you experience burning of the eyes that bothers you or doesn’t go away. It’s possible that your doctor might recommend ways to treat this side effect. But they may also suggest stopping Cequa and trying a different treatment for dry eye.

Eye . inflammation

Inflammation of the eyes is a possible side effect of Cequa. This refers to irritation, redness, and possibly swelling of the eyes. This wasn’t common in studies.

Inflammation caused by Cequa may affect the eyelid or the conjunctiva. (The conjunctiva is a clear, thin tissue that covers your eye.)

What might help

If you have inflammation of your eyes while using Cequa, talk with your doctor. They might recommend ways to treat this side effect. For example, if you mainly have eye redness, they may suggest an eye drop that can help treat this symptom. They may also suggest stopping Cequa and trying a different dry eye treatment.

Headache

It’s possible to have a headache as a side effect of Cequa eye drops. This side effect was not common in studies.

What might help

Talk with your doctor if you’re having headaches after using Cequa drops. Depending on your overall health and other medications you take, they may suggest an over-the-counter treatment for your headache. Examples include ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol).

Your doctor may also suggest stopping Cequa, especially if your headaches don’t go away or bother you. In this case, they can tell you more about other treatments for dry eye.

Allergic reaction

Some people may have an allergic reaction to Cequa. While allergic reaction wasn’t reported in studies of Cequa, it can still happen.

Symptoms of a mild allergic reaction can include:

  • skin rash
  • itchiness
  • flushing (temporary warmth, redness, or deepening of skin color)

A more severe allergic reaction is rare but possible. Symptoms of a severe allergic reaction can include swelling under your skin, typically in your eyelids, lips, hands, or feet. They can also include swelling of your tongue, mouth, or throat, which can cause trouble breathing.

Call your doctor right away if you have an allergic reaction to Cequa. But if you think you’re having a medical emergency, call 911 or your local emergency number.

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