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Cyclosporine Ophthalmic Emulsion

Overdose Information

As with any medication, it is probably possible to use too much cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion, although the exact effects of an overdose are unknown. If you or someone else may have taken an overdose of this medication, seek immediate medical attention.
(Click Restasis Overdose for more information.)

What Should I Do If I Forget a Dose?

If you forget to take a dose of cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, simply skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose.

How Does It Work?

There are many potential causes of dry eyes. Sometimes, people with dry eyes have inflammation, or swelling, of the eyes. This inflammation can interfere with the eyes' ability to produce tears. As a result, fewer tears are produced, and the eyes become dry.
Cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion belongs to a group of medications known as immunosuppressants, which work by decreasing the activity of the immune system. It is thought that cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion works by deceasing eye inflammation and increasing tear production.

When and How to Use This Medication

Some general considerations include the following:
  • This medication comes in the form of an eye drop. It is normally used in each eye twice a day, with doses about 12 hours apart.
  • Cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion comes in a single-use vial, or dropper. This means that the contents in each dropper are enough for one dose in both eyes. The dropper should be used immediately after opening. If any medicine is left in the dropper after use, throw it away. Do not save it for later use.
  • Make sure to mix this medication well before using it. To mix the dropper, turn it upside down a few times.
  • Wash your hands well before and after using this medication.
  • Make sure the tip of the dropper does not touch your eye, or any other surface, to prevent the vial from becoming contaminated.
  • Do not use these eye drops if you are wearing contact lenses. If you are wearing contacts, take them out before you use this medicine and wait at least 15 minutes before putting them back in.
  • Do not use this medication more often than prescribed. Unlike some other eye medications used for dry eyes, such as artificial tears, this medication should not be used on an "as needed" basis. If you also use artificial tears, wait at least 15 minutes between using the two products.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.

Cyclosporine Eye Drop Information

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