Uses, Side Effects, Price, Dosage, and More

Like most drugs, Restasis may cause mild to serious side effects. The lists below include some of the more common side effects the drug may cause. But they 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 Restasis. They can also suggest ways to help reduce them.

Mild side effects

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

Mild side effects of Restasis that have been reported include:

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

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

Serious side effects

Serious side effects from Restasis can occur, but they aren’t common. If you have serious side effects from Restasis, call your doctor right away. But if you think you’re having a medical emergency, call 911 or your local emergency number.

The only serious side effect reported with Restasis in studies was allergic reaction. This is discussed in more detail in the “Side effect focus” section just below.

Side effect focus

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

Burning sensation in eyes

You may experience a burning sensation in your eyes after using Restasis eye drops. This was the most common side effect reported in studies of the drug. This side effect should be temporary and usually goes away within a few minutes.

What might help

Be careful not to touch the Restasis container tip to your eye. This can help prevent eye injury, as well as burning sensations.

In addition, it’s best not to touch the container tip to another surface, such as a countertop. This helps keep the Restasis tip free of germs or other particles, such as dust. These could cause a burning sensation if they get into your eye.

Let your doctor know if you have burning eyes that bother you or if the burning doesn’t go away after using Restasis. Your doctor may recommend ways to treat this side effect. Or they may suggest you stop using Restasis and try a different treatment instead.

Itchy eye

Itchy eye is a possible side effect of Restasis eye drops, but it wasn’t common in the drug’s studies.

What might help

Be careful not to touch the Restasis container tip to your eye. This can help prevent eye irritation, such as itching.

In addition, it’s best not to touch the container tip to another surface, such as a countertop. This helps keep the Restasis tip free of germs or other particles, such as dust. These could cause itching if they get into your eye.

Talk with your doctor if your eyes itch after you use Restasis eye drops. They may recommend ways to treat this side effect. Or they may suggest you stop using Restasis and try a different treatment option.

red eye

Red eye is a possible side effect of Restasis eye drops. But this side effect was not common in the drug’s studies.

What might help

Be careful not to touch the Restasis container tip to your eye. This can help prevent eye irritation, including red eye.

In addition, it’s best not to touch the container tip to another surface, such as a countertop. This helps keep the Restasis tip free of germs or other particles, such as dust. These could cause redness if they get into your eye.

Call your doctor if your eyes become red after using Restasis eye drops. They can recommend ways to treat this side effect. Or they may suggest you stop using Restasis and try a different treatment option instead.

Allergic reaction

Some people may have an allergic reaction to Restasis. Allergic reaction wasn’t reported in studies of Restasis but has occurred since the drug was approved for use.

Symptoms of a mild allergic reaction can include:

A more severe allergic reaction is rare but possible. Symptoms of a severe allergic reaction can include swelling under your skin, usually 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 Restasis. But if you think you’re having a medical emergency, call 911 or your local emergency number.

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