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Generic name: lidocaine hydrochloride ophthalmic gel
Drug class: Ophthalmic anesthetics
Approval date: October 7, 2008
Company: Akorn, Inc.
Treatment for: Ocular Anesthesia

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Aug 22, 2023.

What is Akten?

Akten Ophthalmic Gel 3.5% is a topical, ocular anesthetic formulation for use in any ocular procedure that requires a topical anesthetic agent, including cataract surgery, refractive surgery, Lasik surgery, and intravitreal injection.

Highlights of Akten Prescribing Information

Indications and Usage

Akten is a local anesthetic indicated for ocular surface anesthesia during ophthalmologic procedures.

Dosage and Administration

The recommended dose of Akten is 2 drops applied to the ocular surface in the area of the planned procedure. Additional anesthesia may be reapplied as needed.

Dosage Forms and Strengths

Akten 3.5% (35 mg/mL) Ophthalmic Gel

Warnings and Precautions

  • Not for Injection
  • Corneal Opacification- prolonged use of a topical ocular anesthetic may produce permanent corneal opacification and ulceration with accompanying visual loss

Adverse Reactions

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

To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or

Further information

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