Restasis (Ophthalmic)

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Restasis (Ophthalmic) Drug and Prescription Information

Restasis (Ophthalmic)

Restasis (Ophthalmic) Medication Classification

CYCLOSPORINE (Into the eye)

Restasis (Ophthalmic) Brandname


Restasis (Ophthalmic) is used for the Treatment

Cyclosporine (SYE-kloe-spor-een) Treats chronic dry eye disease by increasing the amount of tears in your eyes.

When To Not Use Restasis (Ophthalmic)

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to cyclosporine or if you have an eye infection.

How Should You Use Restasis (Ophthalmic)

Liquid Mixture, Drop

  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • This medicine comes in single-use packages. Each package contains enough medicine for one dose. After you open a single-use package, use the medicine right away.
  • Mix the medicine well just before using it. To do this, turn the single-use package upside down a few times.
  • If you wear contact lenses, take them out before using this medicine. Wait at least 15 minutes before putting your contact lenses back in after using the medicine.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after using this medicine.
  • To use:
  • Lie down or tilt your head back. With your index finger, pull down the lower lid of your eye to form a pocket.
  • Hold the dropper close to your eye with the other hand. Drop the correct number of drops into the pocket made between your lower lid and eyeball.
  • Gently close your eyes. Place your index finger over the inner corner of your eye for 1 minute. Do not rinse or wipe the dropper or allow it to touch anything, including your eye.
  • If you use this medicine two times a day, it is best to space those times about 12 hours apart.
  • Allow at least 15 minutes to pass between using this medicine and using artificial tears.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

Proper Restasis (Ophthalmic) Storage

Store Restasis (Ophthalmic) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Restasis (Ophthalmic) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using Restasis (Ophthalmic)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Restasis (Ophthalmic) Warnings

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have herpes infection in your eye (herpes keratitis).

Restasis (Ophthalmic) Side Effects

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Brief blurred vision or other changes in vision
  • Feeling like something is in your eye
  • Mild and brief burning in your eyes
  • Red, watery, or itchy eyes

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