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RESTASIS 0.05% OPHTH EMULSION
Ingredient Name: CYCLOSPORINE (SYE-kloe-spor-een)
Drug Manufacturer: ALLERGAN
Common Uses: This medicine is a topical immunomodulator used to treat dry eyes due to an eye condition known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca. This medicine works by increasing the amount of tears you make.
Before Using This Medicine: Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with this medicine. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE OR CONDITION may be needed if you are using other eye drops or ointments. DO NOT START OR STOP any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding. USE OF THIS MEDICINE IS NOT RECOMMENDED if you have a current eye infection. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about using this medicine.
How to Use This Medicine: Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. This medicine is to be used in the eye only. This medicine is usually placed in the affected eye(s) twice a day, about 12 hours apart. BEFORE OPENING THE VIAL, make sure the eye drops are mixed well by turning the vial upside down several times before use. Open the vial right before you are about to use the drops. The eye drops should have a milky, white appearance. TO USE THIS MEDICINE: first, wash your hands. Tilt your head back and with your index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch. Drop the medicine into the pouch and gently close the eye. Immediately use your finger to apply pressure to the inside corner of the eye and continue to apply pressure for 1 to 2 minutes after using the medicine. This will prevent medicine from draining away from the eye. Do not blink and keep your eyes closed for 1 or 2 minutes. Remove excess medicine around your eye with a clean tissue, being careful not to touch your eye. Wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them. TO PREVENT GERMS from entering your medicine, do not touch the vial tip to any surface including your eye. Discard the remaining contents of the opened vial immediately after use. Do NOT store the opened vial for later use. IF YOU WEAR CONTACTS, remove them prior to using this medicine and do not replace them for 15 minutes after using these eye drops. IF YOU ARE USING OTHER EYE DROPS for dry eyes (e.g., artificial tears), wait 15 minutes between the use of the different products. STORE UNUSED VIALS OF THIS MEDICINE at room temperature between 59 and 77 degrees F (15 and 25 degrees C) away from heat, moisture, and light. DO NOT STORE in the bathroom. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do NOT use 2 doses at once.
Cautions: DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE if you have had an allergic reaction to it or are allergic to any ingredient in this product. THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE BLURRED VISION. USE CAUTION engaging in activities that require clear vision such as driving or using machinery. IF YOU PLAN ON BECOMING PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using this medicine during pregnancy. IT IS UNKNOWN IF THIS MEDICINE IS EXCRETED in breast milk. IF YOU ARE OR WILL BE BREAST-FEEDING while you are using this medicine, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.
Possible Side Effects: SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while using this medicine include mild burning, stinging, or itching; blurred vision; or feeling as if something is in the eye. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience changes in vision; continued or worsening itching, burning, stinging, or irritation; continuing blurred vision; discharge from eyes; excessive tear production; eye pain, redness, or swelling; or shortness of breath. AN ALLERGIC REACTION to this medicine is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; or unusual hoarseness. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your healthcare provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Overdose: IF OVERDOSE IS SUSPECTED, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. This medicine may be harmful if swallowed.
Additional Information: DO NOT SHARE THIS MEDICINE with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE for other health conditions. KEEP THIS MEDICINE out of the reach of children and pets. IF USING THIS MEDICINE FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, obtain refills before your supply runs out.
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