Restasis

Generic Name: Cyclosporine

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Restasis is an eye drop used to increase tear production in people with dry eyes caused by inflammation due to Dry Eye Syndrome.

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Restasis works by helping increase your eyes' natural ability to produce tears.

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: Restasis has been shown to increase tear production, and may help you rely less on artificial tears.

    When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you use Restasis exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

    How do I know it is working?

    You may notice an increase in tear production with Restasis use. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions to assess how well the medicine is working.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    More common side effects may include: eye burning.

    Less common side effects may include:

    Restasis may cause red eyes, discharge, eye pain, feeling like something is in your eye, itching, stinging, or blurry vision.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not use Restasis if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Restasis. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

    Adults and adolescents ≥16 years: Apply 1 drop in each eye twice a day (about 12 hours apart).

  • How should I take this medication?

    Use Restasis exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop using Restasis without first talking to your healthcare provider. T

    urn the vial upside down a few times before using.

    You may use Restasis with artificial tears. If you also use artificial tears, apply them at least 15 minutes before or after using Restasis.

    If you wear contact lenses, remove your contact lenses before applying Restasis, and wait 15 minutes after applying Restasis before putting your contact lenses back on.

    Use Restasis immediately after opening the vial. Throw away any remaining medicine after you apply it.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not allow the tip of the bottle to touch your eye or any other surface, as this can contaminate Restasis.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Restasis at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Restasis during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

    If you miss a dose of Restasis, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store at room temperature.

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