Are you using Xiidra or Restasis? Or both? I was really excited when I read the news about this new drug to treat Dry Eye Syndrome. But what about Restasis? Can you take both? My newest doctor said it's OK to continue taking both medicines. His recommendation was to main a baseline while he attempts to treat the condition with other therapies.
Restasis hasn't really seemed to help my condition. I've been taking it for a year without much relief. Xiidra clinical research shows patient improvement in as little as two weeks, but there are some downsides to taking the medicine:
It's expensive. My insurance co-pay is $30. I can imagine it would be higher on other plans.
It burns. It burns really badly when you put it in your eyes.
It gives you a gross chemical taste in your sinuses a few minutes later.
I read in another forum that some early adopters have seen relief. I'm hopeful too. Bless our science and medical community that we are finally seeing some movement to treat Dry Eye. Prior to Xiidra, Restasis was the only drug on the market. My new doctor said he is consulting on a new eye drop that incorporates the best elements of Autologous Serum drops. I hope to see that soon. Maybe they won't need to be refrigerated?
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