Like most medications, Cequa can cause mild to severe side effects. The lists below describe some of the more common side effects that Cequa can cause. These lists do not include all possible side effects.
Keep in mind that the side effects of a medicine can depend on:
- your age
- other health problems you have
- other medicines you are taking
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 is a short list of some of the mild side effects that Cequa can cause. For more information about other mild side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist, or read the package leaflet for Cequa prescribing information.
Mild Cequa side effects that have been reported include:
Mild side effects may disappear within a few days to a few weeks. But if they become bothersome, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
*For more information on this side effect, see the “Side Effects Focus” section below.
Serious side effects
Serious side effects from Cequa are possible, but none have been reported in the drug. studies.
If you think you are having serious side effects from Cequa, call your doctor right away. If it is a medical emergency, call 911 or your local emergency number.
Focus on side effects
Learn more about some of the side effects Cequa can cause.
Eye burning is the most common side effect reported by people who have used Cequa in studies.
This burning sensation can occur when you put Cequa drops in your eyes. It should disappear in a few minutes.
What might help
Talk to your doctor if you experience burning eyes that bother you or don’t go away. Your doctor may recommend ways to treat this side effect. But they may also suggest stopping Cequa and trying a different dry eye treatment.
Eye inflammation is a possible side effect of Cequa. This refers to irritation, redness, and possibly swelling in the eyes. It was not common in studies.
The inflammation caused by Cequa can affect the eyelid or the conjunctiva. (The conjunctiva is a thin, clear tissue that covers your eye.)
What might help
If you get eye inflammation while using Cequa, talk to your doctor. They might recommend ways to deal with this side effect. For example, if you mainly have redness in your eyes, they may suggest eye drops that can help treat this symptom. They may also suggest stopping Cequa and trying another dry eye treatment.
It is 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 to your doctor if you have headaches after using Cequa drops. Depending on your general 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 do not go away or bother you. If so, they can tell you more about other dry eye treatments.
Some people may have an allergic reaction to Cequa. Although no allergic reactions have been reported in studies de Cequa, it can still happen.
Symptoms of a mild allergic reaction may include:
- itchy skin
- rinsing (temporary warmth, redness or deepening of skin color)
A more serious allergic reaction is rare but possible. Symptoms of a severe allergic reaction can include swelling under the skin, usually on the eyelids, lips, hands or feet. They can also include swelling of the tongue, mouth, or throat, which can lead to difficulty breathing.
Call your doctor right away if you have an allergic reaction to Cequa. But if you think you have a medical emergency, call 911 or your local emergency number.