cyclosporine - ophthalmic, Restasis
GENERIC NAME: CYCLOSPORINE - OPHTHALMIC (SYE-kloe-SPOR-in)
BRAND NAME(S): Restasis
USES: This medication is used to treat dry eyes due to a certain type of eye condition (keratoconjunctivitis sicca). It works by increasing the amount of tears you make.
HOW TO USE: This medication is applied to the affected eye(s) usually twice a day, about 12 hours apart; or as directed by your doctor.To apply eye drops, wash your hands first. To avoid contamination, be careful not to touch the tip of the vial or let it touch your eye. Before opening the vial, make sure the eye drops are well mixed by turning the vial upside down several times before use. Open the vial right before you are about to use it. The eye drops should have a milky, white appearance.Tilt your head back, look upward and pull down the lower eyelid to make a pouch. Place the tip of the vial directly over the eye and apply 1 drop. Look downward and gently close your eye for 1 to 2 minutes. Try not to blink and do not rub the eye.Discard the remaining contents of the opened vial immediately after use. Do not store the opened vial for later use.If you wear contact lenses, remove them before using this medication and do not replace them until 15 minutes following use of these eye drops.If you are also using other drops for dry eyes (e.g., artificial tears), wait 15 minutes between use of the different products.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014
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