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 104 32
Dry eyes 77 34
Dry eye syndrome 48 27
Blurry vision 5 3
Eye pain 3 1

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 8
Moderate 7
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
Allergic reaction 1

Show all 12 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Cyclosporine ophthalmic

Dosage Patients
0.05 % twice daily 27
0.05 g twice daily 8
0.1 g daily 8
0.05 g daily 6
2 drop(s) twice daily 3
0.05 % daily 2
0.1 % twice daily 2
0.1 % 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 15
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 1
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 21
5 - 10 years 21
10 years or more 6

Stopped taking Cyclosporine ophthalmic

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 9
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 44
Usually 34
Sometimes 7
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 6
Somewhat hard to take 17
A little hard to take 28
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 34

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
Lubricant Eye Drops (Artificial Tears) 1
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6 patient evaluations for Cyclosporine ophthalmic

Jan 4, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for dry eye syndrome)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Stinging sensation lessens over time)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 0.05 % Twice daily
Advice & Tips: It has helped to clear the redness and irritation in my eyes. I now have tears when I cut onions (which may be a disadvantage). I put it in the corners of my eyes and blink to spread it on the whole eye. With this treatment the use of over the counter drops and the eye stents and warm compresses,after my cataract surgery on my right eye the vision had improved so much that until the cataract in my left eye worsens, I won't need the surgery and I passed the eye test for my drivers license without glasses.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

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Feb 12, 2016 (Started Oct 11, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for dry eyes)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.2 g Daily
Advice & Tips: the benefits continue.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 19, 2015 (Started Oct 11, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for dry eyes)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.2 g Daily
Advice & Tips: This remains extremely effective.
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 27, 2012 (Started Oct 11, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for dry eyes)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.2 g Daily
Advice & Tips: Restasis was originally prescribed for my very dry eyes. Now I know the dry eye condition caused my tearing and Conjunctivitis. I'm so glad that my eyes no longer tear all day and I can now open my eyes upon awakening and I can see clearly. Before this medication when I woke, I had to unglue my eye lashes, rinse out my eyes and wait about an hour (for the tearing to subside), before I could even attempt to read anything.
Cost: $200+ monthly

Jan 21, 2010 (Started Oct 11, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for dry eyes)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.2 g Daily
Advice & Tips: It takes about a month of usage before you actually notice a real difference in how much tearing, blurry vision you still have. I'm happy to again be able to easily read. :-)
Cost: $200+ monthly

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May 1, 2014 (Started Dec 31, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for dry eye syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 drop(s) Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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