cyclosporine eye drops
In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02355655 ||RESTASIS 0.05% OPHTHALMIC EMULSION|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Cyclosporine eye drops belong to the class of medications called anti-inflammatories or immunomodulators. This medication is used to treat moderate to moderately severe dry eye disease, which is when the eyes do not produce enough tears to keep the eyes moist and comfortable. It is believed that cyclosporine eye drops work on the immune cells in the eyes to decrease inflammation that may be causing dry eyes.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are being given this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
How should I use this medication?
The recommended dose of cyclosporine eye drops is one drop into the affected eye twice daily, approximately 12 hours apart.
Cyclosporine eye drops are available as single-use vials stored in a resealable tray. Before using this medication, gently shake the vial a few times so that the emulsion looks white and appears the same throughout the vial. Instill the medication immediately after opening a single-use vial and discard immediately after use.
You should avoid touching the tip of the vial to the eye or any surface to prevent this medication from getting contaminated. Do not touch the vial container to the eye to prevent any potential eye injury.
If you are also using artificial tears, wait 15 minutes between using cyclosporine eye drops and the artificial tears.
In general, people with decreased tear production should not wear contact lenses; however, if you wear contact lenses, take them out before using cyclosporine eye drops. You can insert your lenses 15 minutes after administering these eye drops.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, instill it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not instill a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at 15°C to 25°C and keep it out of the reach of children. Keep unused vials within the resealable tray.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each mL of sterile, preservative-free ophthalmic emulsion contains cyclosporine 0.5 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: carbomer copolymer type A, castor oil, glycerin, polysorbate 80, purified water, and sodium hydroxide to adjust the pH.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Cyclosporine eye drops should not be used by anyone who:
- is allergic to cyclosporine eye drops or to any of the ingredients of the medication
- has an active eye infection