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Brand Names: Restasis

Generic Name: cyclosporine ophthalmic (Pronunciation: SYE kloe SPOR een off THAL mik)

What is cyclosporine ophthalmic (Restasis)?

Cyclosporine is an immunosuppressive agent. Cyclosporine ophthalmic may reduce inflammation in the eye(s).

Cyclosporine ophthalmic is used to treat chronic dry eye that may be caused by inflammation.

Cyclosporine ophthalmic may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of cyclosporine ophthalmic (Restasis)?

Serious side effects are not expected to occur during treatment with this medication.

Eye burning, redness, tearing, discharge, pain, itching, stinging, or visual blurring may occur.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about cyclosporine ophthalmic (Restasis)?

Do not touch the dropper to any surface, including the eyes or hands. The dropper is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in the eye(s).

Do not use cyclosporine ophthalmic while wearing contact lenses. Contact lenses may be reinserted 15 minutes following administration of cyclosporine ophthalmic, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.



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