- What is cyclosporine-ophthalmic, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for cyclosporine-ophthalmic?
- Is cyclosporine-ophthalmic available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for cyclosporine-ophthalmic?
- What are the side effects of cyclosporine-ophthalmic?
- What is the dosage for cyclosporine-ophthalmic?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with cyclosporine-ophthalmic?
- Is cyclosporine-ophthalmic safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about cyclosporine-ophthalmic?
What is cyclosporine-ophthalmic, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Restasis ophthalmic emulsion is a prescription eye drop that helps patients increase their eyes' natural ability to produce tears. It is used to treat a type of chronic dry eye condition caused by inflammation. Cyclosporine, the medicine in Restasis, is also available in oral and injectable formulations that are used to treat various conditions including treatment or prevention of rejection of transplanted organs, psoriasis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Following oral administration or injection, cyclosporine is absorbed in the blood stream and works systemically to suppress the body's immune system. However, cyclosporine eye drop emulsion is thought to work differently. Restasis is believed to work locally in the eye as a partial modulator of the immune system. Tear production is thought to be decreased when lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell of the immune system, die and accumulate in the tear glands. Restasis reverses this condition, increasing tear production. Restasis does not produce its effect immediately. An increase in tear production may not be noticed until 3 to 6 months after starting treatment. Restasis ophthalmic emulsion was approved by the FDA in January, 2003.
What brand names are available for cyclosporine-ophthalmic?
Is cyclosporine-ophthalmic available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: No
Do I need a prescription for cyclosporine-ophthalmic?
What are the side effects of cyclosporine-ophthalmic?
The most common side effect of cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion is a temporary burning sensation in the eye. Other side effects include:
- eye redness,
- watery eyes,
- eye pain,
- foreign body sensation,
- stinging, and
- blurred vision.
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