Lifitegrast: Uses, Side Effects

Lifitegrast works by blocking a certain protein on the surface of cells in your body. This protein can cause your eyes to not produce enough tears, or to produce tears that are not the correct consistency to keep your eyes healthy.

Lifitegrast ophthalmic (for the eyes) is used to treat symptoms of dry eye disease.

Lifitegrast ophthalmic may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Before taking this medicine

It is not known whether lifitegrast ophthalmic will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

It is not known whether lifitegrast ophthalmic passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Lifitegrast ophthalmic is not approved for use by anyone younger than 17 years old.

Side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using lifitegrast ophthalmic and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • vision problems; or
  • severe eye redness or irritation.

Common side effects may include:

  • blurred vision;
  • eye irritation; o
  • unusual or unpleasant taste in the mouth.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

What other drugs will affect lifitegrast?

It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on lifitegrast used in the eyes. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.


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