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Generic name: cyclosporine ophthalmic [sye-kloe-spor-een-off-thal-mik]
Brand name: cequa
Drug class: ophthalmic anti-inflammatory agents

What is Cequa?

Cequa suppresses the immune system. Cequa increases tear production when inflammation has reduced it. Cequa can be used to treat dry eyes caused by inflammation. Cequa eye drops come in single-use, sterile vials that are free of preservatives.


Please abide by all instructions listed on your medication's package or label.inform your healthcare provider about your medical conditions and allergies. Tell them which medicines you're currently taking and why.

Before you take this drug

Cequa should not be used if you have an allergy to cyclosporine. Notify your doctor immediately if you become pregnant or nursing.Cequa cannot be used by anyone under the age of 16.

How to take Cequa?

Cequa eyedrops should be used exactly as prescribed by your physician. Read all the instructions and directions included on the prescription label. Use the medication every 12 hours. Remove contact lenses first. Before using eye medications, wash your hands. Applying eye drops requires only tilting back your head and pulling down on your lower eyelid. Next, squeeze a few drops from your dropper into the pocket created when holding it over each eye and close them for at least a minute or so after applying eye drops.

Only use the prescribed number of drops. Use artificial tears for at least 15 minutes after inserting your contact lenses. Avoid touching or placing directly onto your eye the tip of a dropper that might contain contaminants, as doing so could potentially result in vision-threatening infections and lead to permanent vision damage. Cequa eyedrops should be colourless and clear. Each bottle can only be used once (in both of your eyes). After one use, throw away the bottle, even if it still contains medicine. Store at room temperature. Keep the cédula vials in the original foil pouch.

Similar/related drugs

Cyclosporine for ophthalmic use, restasis, varenicline, xiidra, systane, and artificial tears

Details on dosage

Adult dose for keratoconjunctivitis:

One drop in each eye, approximately 12 hours apart, 2 times per day
this drug can be used in conjunction with artificial tears. Allow a 15-minute interval between the products.
Use: to increase the production of tears in patients with keratoconjunctivitis, sicca

What happens if i miss the dose?

If you are almost due for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Never take two doses of the same medicine at once.

What happens if i overdose?

Overdoses of cequa are not dangerous. If anyone accidentally swallows the medication, seek emergency medical care or call poison help at 1-800-222-1222.

What should be avoided?

If you suffer from dry eyes, it may be better to avoid wearing contact lenses. Speak to your doctor about the risks you face.

Side effects of Cequa

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction: hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue, and/or difficulty breathing, seek emergency medical attention.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, stop using cequa immediately and contact your doctor.

  • After putting the drops in, you may experience severe pain, burning, or stinging.
  • Swollen eyelids;
  • Signs of eye infection: swelling, redness, severe discomfort, crusting, or drainage

Cequa may cause side effects such as:

  • Mild eye irritation, such as mild redness or pain;
  • Watery eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Feeling like there is something in your eye

There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor. The fda can be contacted at 1-800-fda-1088 to report side effects.

Interaction with other drug

Other drugs that you take are unlikely to affect the medicine used on your eyes. Many drugs interact with each other. Inform your healthcare provider about the medicines you take, including prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.




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