What is Restasis (Cyclosporine) used for?
Restasis Unit Dose Eye Drops (cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion) are used to treat chronic dry eye. It works to increase tear production in patients when the eyes natural ability to produce tears is diminished.
Tear production may be insufficient due to keratoconjunctivitis sicca or Sjogren’s syndrome. If you are not sure what condition this medication is meant to treat, speak to your doctor to keep you informed. It can take several weeks to see results and even months to get the maximum benefit.
Call your doctor if you are concerned that restasis is not providing it's anti-inflammatory effect, there is no increase in your eyes natural tear production or if your condition worsens. Your doctor may prescribe artificial tears if you experience severe discomfort.
Do not share this medication with others even if they have similar symptoms. This may not be a relevant treatment and can cause adverse reactions.
Frequently Asked Questions About Restasis
Before using Restasis, carefully read the patient information leaflet and follow the directions provided by your doctor. Call your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions. If you take two doses a day, take them 12 hours apart. Correct use will provide the best results.
To avoid contaminating the product, wash your hands prior to use and make sure the dropper does not touch other surfaces. be careful not to touch the dropper with your eye. It can come in single use vials or a restasis multidose dropper.
If you wear contact lenses remove them before taking Restasis and do not put them back on for 15 minutes after use. Soft contact lenses can absorb the medicine.
You’ll need to wait 15 minutes before applying a separate eye drop as well. You will get the best results if you use this consistently every day. If you happen to miss a dose simply take it when you remember. If it is nearly time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your schedule as per usual. Do not take a double dose to catch us for a dose that has been missed.
Taking more medication that is recommended can result in more frequent or severe side effects. Do not stop taking Restasis when your symptoms improve. They can return if treatment ends abruptly.
It is important to disclose all your current medications with your doctor to prevent allergic reactions or adverse interactions. They may have to determine if the interaction is worth the benefit of using both drugs or if your therapeutic plan needs to be changed.
Restasis has known side effects. This is not a complete list and includes frequently reported adverse events. If you experience any signs and symptoms of serious side effects when taking Restasis, talk to your doctor or emergency care. Report side effects with Restasis to your doctor if you find them unmanageable and call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
- difficulty with reading
- bloody or cloudy urine
- Burning or other discomfort of the eye
- halos around lights
- redness, swelling, or itching of the eyelid
- lower back or side pain
- feeling of having something in the eye
- clear or yellow fluid from the eye
- redness of the white part of your eyes or inside of your eyelids
- eye pain or irritation
- watery eye
- Blurred vision
- pain upon instillation of drops
- itching skin
- difficult, burning, or painful urination
- sticky or matted eyelashes
- Bladder pain
- eye pain, foreign body sensation in the eye
DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is intended to provide basic information on this medication and is not intended to replace the medical advice provided by a certified medical professional. Any prescription drug use needs to be approved by your doctor. Do not avoid or ignore any advice provided by your physician in favor of what is written here. Always consult with a pharmacist or doctor before taking this medication and seek counselling if you have any questions or concerns about your medication.