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Akten Side Effects

Generic Name: lidocaine ophthalmic

Note: This page contains information about the side effects of lidocaine ophthalmic. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name Akten.

For the Consumer

Applies to lidocaine ophthalmic: ophthalmic gel/jelly, ophthalmic solution

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by lidocaine ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Akten). In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

If any of the following side effects occur while taking lidocaine ophthalmic, check with your doctor or nurse immediately:

More common:
  • Blurred vision or other changes in vision
  • burning feeling at site of application
  • redness of the white part of eyes or inside of eyelids

Minor Side Effects

Some of the side effects that can occur with lidocaine ophthalmic may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

More common:
  • Headache

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to lidocaine ophthalmic: ophthalmic gel


The frequency of the reported side effects is unknown, however, the manufacturer states the most commonly reported side effects were conjunctival hyperemia, corneal epithelial changes, headache, and burning upon instillation.[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Conjunctival hyperemia, corneal epithelial change, burning on instillation[Ref]

Nervous system

Frequency not reported: Headache[Ref]


1. "Product Information. Akten (lidocaine ophthalmic)." Akorn Inc, Buffalo Grove, IL.

Not all side effects for Akten may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

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