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Restasis is a prescription medication used to treat chronic dry eye that may be caused by inflammation in the eye due to certain conditions such as Sjogren's syndrome. It comes in the form of ophthalmic emulsion or eye drops, and its active ingredient is cyclosporine. Restasis works by increasing tear production and helping the eyes retain moisture.
Cyclosporine is an eye medication prescribed to help patients who suffer from chronic dry eye. It helps to improve symptoms such as discomfort, burning, and stinging of the eyes. It helps increase the production of natural tears in the eyes which may have been reduced due to inflammation.
Restasis is indicated for use in patients whose tear production is presumed to be suppressed due to ocular inflammation.
Uses and Dosage
To use Restasis to treat dry eyes, follow your doctor's instructions and use it twice a day (about 12 hours apart). Before applying Restasis eye drops, be sure to wash your hands to avoid contamination. Do not touch the dropper tip or allow it to touch your eye or any other surface. If your brand requires mixing, gently turn the vial upside down a few times to ensure that the drops are evenly mixed and appear milky and white. If you have any questions about your brand, consult with your doctor or pharmacist for guidance.
Step-by-Step Guide on Restasis Use:
- Always wash your hands prior to the administration of eye drops.
- Assume a comfortable position.
- Lean your head back slightly and look up.
- Gently pull down your lower eyelid.
- Position the dropper above your eye. Be careful not to poke your eyeball.
- Administer a single drop on the pouch of the lower eyelid.
- Slowly look down and close your eyes. Do not squint.
- Press the inner corner of the eye for one to two mins. To prevent the drops from draining.
Common Side Effects of Restasis (Cyclosporine):
- Blurred vision
- Feeling like something is in your eye.
- Mild burning or stinging in the eyes
- Mild eye itching
- Mild redness or itching
- Temporary eye redness
Restasis (Cyclosporine) Allergic Reactions:
- Bloodshot eye
- Burning feeling in the eye
- Severe dizziness
- Severe itching
- Swollen eye
- Trouble breathing
Serious Side Effects of Restasis (Cyclosporine):
- Abnormal eye discharge
- Eye pain
- Eye swelling
- Severe eye discomfort
- Vision changes
Form and Strength
Restasis (Cyclosporine) is available in the following forms and strength:
Restasis: Vials (Eye Drops)
- 0.05 %
Cyclosporine: Eye Drops
- 0.05 %
- Once you have completed the course of treatment, ensure that you dispose of any used vials, along with any remaining medication. Do not reuse vials intended for single use or return them to storage areas.
- Inform your doctor or pharmacist of any allergies you may have before using Restasis. Cyclosporine may contain inactive ingredients that could trigger an allergic reaction or other complications. Talk with your pharmacist for more information about the ingredients contained in Restasis.
- Before using Restasis, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of current/recent eye infection.
- Once you apply Restasis, your vision may experience temporary blurring. Avoid any activities that require clear vision, such as driving or operating machinery until your vision has fully recovered.
- When pregnant, use Cyclosporine only when it is absolutely necessary. Discuss the potential risks and benefits of this medication with your doctor before proceeding with treatment.
- It is unknown if this drug passes through breast milk, so you should also discuss this with your doctor during the consultation.
- Restasis can interact with certain drugs, including cyclosporine, artificial tears, and other eye medications. Discuss all medications, supplements, and vitamins that you are taking with your doctor before using Restasis.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
When is it necessary to take Cyclosporine during pregnancy?
Cyclosporine is only used in pregnant women when it is necessary. Patients should discuss the benefits and risks with their doctor before proceeding with treatment.
How long does it take for Restasis to work?
Restasis may take several weeks or even months before experiencing any notable improvement in the symptoms of chronic dry eye.
Is Restasis addictive or habit-forming?
No, Restasis is not addictive or habit-forming. It is a prescription medication that should be used only as prescribed by your doctor.
How long does one vial of Restasis last?
Each vial of Restasis contains enough medication for one use. After opening the vial, discard any remaining medication, and do not reuse the vial.
It's important to purchase Restasis from verified Canadian pharmacy.