Restasis (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. Cyclosporine Ophthalmic (Generic) and its preservative-free option is also available for purchase.
Ophthalmic cyclosporine comes as a solution (liquid) and as an emulsion (a combination of two unmixable liquids) to instill in the eye. It is usually instilled in each eye twice a day, about 12 hours apart. Instill cyclosporine eye drops at around the same time every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use cyclosporine eyedrops exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of them or use them more often than prescribed by your doctor. Cyclosporine eye drops are for use only in the eye(s). Do not swallow or apply cyclosporine eyedrops to the skin. Cyclosporine eye drops come in single-use vials (small bottles to be used for one dose) and in a multi-dose bottle (a bottle that can be used more than once). If you are using the single-use vials, the liquid from a vial should be used immediately after opening for one or both eyes. Be careful not to let the dropper tip touch your eye, fingers, face, or any surface. If the tip does touch another surface, bacteria may get into the eye drops.
Cyclosporine eye drops may cause side effects including:
Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away.
Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately or get emergency medical treatment:
Cyclosporine eye drops may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while using this medication.
Q: Why is Restasis prescribed?
A: Restasis eye drops are used to treat chronic dry eye that may be caused by inflammation.
Q: Does Restasis have a generic alternative?
A: Yes, Cyclosporine Ophthalmic (Generic) is available for purchase at a lower price than the brand.
Q: How long until I see the effects of Restasis?
A: It may take several weeks for your Restasis treatment to produce a therapeutic effect, and it may even take up to 6 months for you to feel the maximum benefit.
Q: Are there any known drugs that interact with Restasis?
A: It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on cyclosporine used in the eyes. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all the medicines you use.
Q: What if I miss a dose of Restasis?
A: Instill the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not instill a double dose to make up for a missed one.
Q: How should I store this medication?
A: Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).