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 30
Dry eyes 78 29
Dry eye syndrome 48 25
Blurry vision 5 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
7
Mild
32
None
32

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Cyclosporine ophthalmic

Side effect Patients
Burning sensation in eyes 15
Eyes stinging 7
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
0.1 g daily 8
0.05 g twice daily 7
0.05 g daily 5
2 drop(s) twice daily 2
0.05 % daily 1
0.1 % daily 1
0.05 % four times daily 1
0.1 % twice daily 1
1 drop(s) daily 1

See all 13 dosages

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
Other 7
Course of treatment ended 6
See all 45 patients who've stopped taking Cyclosporine ophthalmic

Duration

Currently taking Cyclosporine ophthalmic

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 15
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 7

Stopped taking Cyclosporine ophthalmic

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 10
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 38
Usually 33
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 27
Not at all hard to take 29
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 0
$50-99 9
$25-49 13
< $25 25
Not specified 29

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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5 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

  • 0 helpful marks

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

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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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