WHAT IS THE CYCLOSPORINE EYE DROPS AND HOW TO USE
Ophthalmic cyclosporine is used to increase tear production in people with dry eye disease. Cyclosporine is in a class of medications called immunomodulators. It works by decreasing swelling in the eye to allow for tear production. 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 bloodstream 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.
HOW TO USE CYCLOSPORINE EYE DROPS?
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed. Use the medicine about every 12 hours. Remove contact lenses first. Wash your hands before using eye medication. To apply the eye drops: Tilt your head back slightly and pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket. Hold the dropper above the eye and squeeze a drop into this pocket. Close your eyes for 1 or 2 minutes. Turn the Restasis bottle upside down a few times to gently mix the medicine before each use. Use only the number of drops your doctor has prescribed. Wait at least 15 minutes before inserting contact lenses or using artificial tears. Do not touch the tip of the eye dropper or place it directly on your eye. A contaminated dropper can infect your eye, which could lead to serious vision problems. Cequa eye drops should be clear and colorless. Restasis eye drops should appear white in color. Each single-use bottle is for one use only (in both eyes). Throw the bottle away after one use, even if there is still medicine left inside
SIDE EFFECTS OF USING CYCLOSPORINE EYE DROPS
WHAT SHOULD I KNOW
WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT THE STORAGE AND DISPOSAL OF THIS MEDICATION?
WHICH DRUG OR SUPPLEMENT INTERACT WITH CYCLOSPORINE-OPHTHALMIC?
The effectiveness of Restasis may be affected if administered with other eye drops. Patients using other eye drops should consult with their eye doctor for advice. Patients may use Restasis with artificial tears or over-the-counter eye lubricants, allowing a 15-minute interval between products.
Cyclosporine eye drops (Restasis) stimulate tear production in people with dry eyes. Side effects, drug interactions, and use during pregnancy should be reviewed prior to taking any medication. Honeybee Pharmacy offers approved affordable medications including Cyclosporine Eye Drops. Contact us at 1-888-557-0340 for assistance or buy online at www.honeybeepharmacy.com.