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Lidocaine ophthalmic Side Effects

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 22, 2023.

Applies to lidocaine ophthalmic: ophthalmic gel/jelly.

Serious side effects

Along with its needed effects, lidocaine ophthalmic may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking lidocaine ophthalmic:

More common

Other side effects

Some side effects of lidocaine ophthalmic may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.

Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to lidocaine ophthalmic: ophthalmic gel.


Frequency not reported: Conjunctival hyperemia, corneal epithelial changes[Ref]

Nervous system

Frequency not reported: Headache[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Burning upon instillation[Ref]


1. Product Information. Akten (lidocaine ophthalmic). Akorn Inc. 2008.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.