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What is Cyclosporine used for?

Cyclosporine is an immunosuppressant capsule used to prevent organ rejection in transplant patients after a kidney, liver, lung, heart, or bone marrow transplant. This medicine is also used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and severe psoriasis.

Cyclosporine eye drops is prescribed to treat dry eye disease. It decreases swelling in the eyes thereby increasing the amount of tear production.

This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What are the side effects of Cyclosporine?

Like other medicines, Cyclosporine can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Cyclosporine are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Cyclosporine cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Cyclosporine develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Cyclosporine can cause side effects such as cramps, blurred vision, diarrhea, seizures, ear problems, and headache. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Cyclosporine.

Cyclosporine eye drops can cause side effects such as itching, burning, blurred vision, and eye discharge.

What is the recommended dosage of Cyclosporine?

The dosage of Cyclosporine prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

What if you miss a dose of Cyclosporine?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to use Cyclosporine medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, use it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Cyclosporine?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Cyclosporine, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Cyclosporine?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Cyclosporine.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Cyclosporine, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Cyclosporine can interact with antiviral medicines, heart or blood pressure medications, arthritis medicines, and ACE inhibitors.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Cyclosporine?

Is it possible for me to use Cyclosporine with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I use Cyclosporine?
What are the possible drug interactions of Cyclosporine?
How will Cyclosporine work in my body?
How should Cyclosporine be used?
How to reduce the risk of Cyclosporine drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Cyclosporine is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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