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Precautions and Warnings With Cyclosporine Ophthalmic Emulsion

Before using cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion, there are many precautions to be aware of, including warnings on who should not use the drug and possible side effects that may occur. For example, this prescription eye drop could cause several reactions (such as a burning sensation, redness, itching, or watery eyes) and may not be safe for use in women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Using Cyclosporine Ophthalmic Emulsion?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion (Restasis®) if you have:
 
  • A herpes infection of the eye, or any other eye infection
  • Any allergies, including allergies to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
     
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
 
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
     
You should also tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 

Specific Precautions and Warnings

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using this medicine include:
 
  • You should not use this medicine if you are wearing contact lenses. Cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion is used to treat chronic dry eyes. Normally, people with this condition should avoid wearing contact lenses. If you do wear contact lenses, take them out before using cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion and wait at least 15 minutes before putting them back in.
     
  • Although some temporary eye irritation, such as a mild burning sensation, redness, itching, or watery eyes, are to be expected when you use cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if extreme eye irritation occurs.
     
  • Cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion is unlikely to interact with other medications (see Drug Interactions With Cyclosporine Ophthalmic Emulsion).
     
  • Cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion is a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown (see Restasis and Pregnancy for more information).
     
  • It is unknown if cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, check with your healthcare provider (or your child's healthcare provider) before using these eye drops (see Restasis and Breastfeeding).
     

Cyclosporine Eye Drop Information

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