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Akten is an ocular anesthetic for use in ocular procedures that require a topical anesthetic agent. Learn about side effects, interactions and indications.
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Drug Information:
Akten (lidocaine hydrochloride) 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. 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. Learn more

Akten Side Effects

Akten Side Effects

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

For the Consumer

Applies to lidocaine ophthalmic: ophthalmic gel/jelly

Along with its needed effects, lidocaine ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Akten) 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

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

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

  • Headache

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to lidocaine ophthalmic: ophthalmic gel


Frequency not reported: Conjunctival hyperemia, corneal epithelial changes

Nervous system

Frequency not reported: Headache


Frequency not reported: Burning upon instillation

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by BestRx Medical Team Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Akten