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Cyclosporine eye drops

Generic name: cyclosporine ophthalmic [SYE-kloe-SPOR-een-off-THAL-mik]

Forms of dosing: ophthalmic emulsion (0.05 percent; 0.1%), ophthalmic solution (0.09%)
The class of drug: ophthalmic anti-inflammatory agents

Brand Names: Restasis Multidose, Klarity-C, Verkazia.


What is Cyclosporine ophthalmic?

Cyclosporine is an ophthalmic medication used to treat dry eyes that could cause inflammation. Cyclosporine ophthalmic can also be used to treat conditions not covered in this guide.

Adverse effects of Cyclosporine eye

Contact a medical professional immediately. If you are experiencing symptoms that indicate an allergic reaction, like hives, trouble breathing, and swelling of your lips, face, and tongue,

Cyclosporine eye drops can trigger severe adverse reactions. Stop using cyclosporine and consult your physician immediately. If you suffer from:

  • Intense discomfort in the eyes, such as burning or stinging after applying drops to the eye;
  • Swollen eyelids; or
  • Symptoms of eye symptoms of an eye infection—swelling, redness, extreme discomfort, or crusting.

Common side effects of cyclosporine could include:

  • Moderate eye redness, pain, or other irritations;
  • Eye watery;
  • Blurred vision or
  • You feel like something is there.

This isn't an exhaustive list of possible side effects, and other side effects could occur. Consult your physician to seek medical advice on the effects. You can report any side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Similar/related drugs

diclofenac, an ophthalmic, varenicline, Restasis, Xiidra, cromolyn ophthalmic, Maxitrol, and Systane


Only use it according to the directions. Talk to your doctor if you are taking other medicines or have any other medical conditions or allergies.

Prior to use this drug

It is not recommended to use cyclosporine. Ophthalmic if you have an allergy to the chemical cyclosporine.

How to take Cyclosporine ophthalmic?

Follow the directions on your prescription label, and review all medication guides and instructions. Follow the medication exactly as prescribed. Take the medication approximately every 12 hours. Remove contact lenses first. Cleanse your hands prior to using eye drops.

For applying the eye drops To apply the eye drops, tilt your head to a slight angle and then pull the lower eyelid, creating an eyelid pocket. Then, hold the dropper over the eye, and then squeeze the drop into this pocket. Then, close your eyes for one or two minutes.

The Restasis bottle is upside-down several times to mix the medication prior to every use. Only use the number of drops prescribed by your doctor. At least 15 minutes prior to inserting contact lenses or putting in synthetic tears. Do not touch the edge of the dropper for your eyes or put them directly in your eyes. A dropper that is contaminated could affect your eyes and result in serious vision problems.

Cequa eye drops must be transparent and colorless. Restasis eye drops must appear white in color. Each bottle for single use is intended for use solely (in the eyes of both). The bottle should be disposed of after one usage, regardless of whether there's still some medicine within. Keep the temperature at room temperature. Keep Cequa single-use bottles in their original packaging.

Details on dosage

Usual Adult Dose for Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca:

One drop twice per day in each eye, approximately 12 hours between each eye.

This drug is used together with artificial tears, providing a 15-minute time interval between the two products.

Use: To improve tear output in people whose tear production is thought to be reduced because of ocular inflammation that is caused by Keratoconjunctivitis sicca.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Take the medication as quickly as you can; however, do not miss any missed doses if you are close to the time for the next dose. Do not take two doses in one go.

What happens if I overdose?

A dose of cyclosporine that is too high isn't expected to cause harm. You should seek medical attention in an emergency or contact the poison help line at 1-800-222-1222 if you have accidentally swallowed the medicine

What should be avoided?

It is probably not a good idea to put on contact lenses if you have dry eyes. Consult your physician about the risks you face.

Interaction with other drugs

Eye medicine is unlikely to be affected by any other medications you take. However, many medications can interact with each other. Inform your doctor about the medicines you are currently taking, such as prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.