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Akten Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Last reviewed on RxList 5/6/2016

Akten (lidocaine hydrochloride) Ophthalmic Gel 3.5% is a topical eye anesthetic used for ocular surface anesthesia during ophthalmologic procedures. Common side effects of Akten include:

  • eye redness (enlarged blood vessels in the eye)
  • corneal changes
  • headache, and
  • burning when you apply the drops

The recommended dose of Akten is 2 drops applied to the ocular surface in the area of the planned procedure. Akten may interact with other drugs. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before using Akten. This drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our Akten (lidocaine hydrochloride) Ophthalmic Gel 3.5% Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is Prescribing information?

The FDA package insert formatted in easy-to-find categories for health professionals and clinicians.

Akten FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
(Adverse Reactions)


Most common adverse reactions are conjunctival hyperemia, corneal epithelial changes, headache, and burning upon instillation.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Akten (Lidocaine Hydrochloride Ophthalmic Gel)

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration


You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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