What is Cyclosporine ophthalmic?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Restasis Ikervis

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Cyclosporine ophthalmic is an immunosuppressant agent used to increase tear production when suppressed tear production is presumed to be due to keratoconjunctivitis sicca-associated ocular inflammation in patients not already using topical anti-inflammatory drugs or punctal plugs.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Sjogren's syndrome 103 31
Dry eyes 79 35
Dry eye syndrome 49 28
Blurry vision 6 3
Eye pain 3 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 8
Moderate 8
Mild 33
None 38

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Cyclosporine ophthalmic

Side effect Patients
Burning sensation in eyes 14
Eyes stinging 8
Blurry vision 4
Burning sensation 4
Stinging pain 2
Eye discharge 1

Show all 10 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Cyclosporine ophthalmic

Dosage Patients
0.05 % twice daily 27
0.1 g daily 9
0.05 g daily 7
0.05 g twice daily 7
2 drop(s) twice daily 3
0.05 % daily 2
0.1 % twice daily 2
0.05 % three times daily 1
0.05 % four times daily 1
1 drop(s) daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Cyclosporine ophthalmic

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 14
Did not seem to work 11
Expense 10
Doctor's advice 9
Course of treatment ended 7
Other 6
See all 45 patients who've stopped taking Cyclosporine ophthalmic

Duration

Currently taking Cyclosporine ophthalmic

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 22
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 9

Stopped taking Cyclosporine ophthalmic

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 9
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 44
Usually 34
Sometimes 8
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 6
Somewhat hard to take 17
A little hard to take 29
Not at all hard to take 35
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 0
$50-99 9
$25-49 13
< $25 25
Not specified 35

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Cyclosporine ophthalmic after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Lifitegrast ophthalmic solution (Xiidra) 2
Ocular lubricant (Soothe XP Eye Drops) 1
Steroids (oral steroids) 1
Visine for Contacts 1

Patients stopped taking Cyclosporine ophthalmic and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lifitegrast ophthalmic solution (Xiidra) 3
Cevimeline (Evoxac) 1
FreshKote 1
Lubricant Eye Drops (Artificial Tears) 1
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6 patient evaluations for Cyclosporine ophthalmic

Jun 24, 2011 (Started Mar 12, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Sjogren's syndrome)
  • Side effects
    Severe (eye infection, eye pain)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Advice & Tips: I used it for 6 days and had to quit because it made my eyes worse and I started to develop another eye infection and I just got over being treated for Episcleritis and did NOT want to go through that again! After two days of not using it my eye cleared up.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: eye pain, eye infection

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Feb 2, 2011 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for dry eyes)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 0.1 g Daily
Advice & Tips: Stings for about 10 minutes after use. I found no great, long-lasting impact.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Oct 29, 2008 (Started Oct 24, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 0.1 g Daily
Cost: $200+ monthly

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