What is Cyclosporine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Neoral Gengraf Sandimmune

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Cyclosporin is an immunosuppressant drug widely used in post-allogeneic organ transplant to reduce the activity of the patient's immune system and so the risk of organ rejection. It has been studied in transplants of skin, heart, kidney, lung, pancreas, bone marrow and small intestine.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Prevent organ rejection 170 38
Transplant rejection prevention 89 28
psoriasis 13 5
kidney transplant 11 2
psoriatic arthritis 10 2
Kidney Transplant 5 1

Show all 33 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 9
Moderate 33
Mild 13
None 17

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Cyclosporine

Side effect Patients
Hair growth 7
Nausea 4
Constipation 2
Elevated blood pressure 2
Facial hair excessive 2
Fatigue 2

Show all 68 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Cyclosporine

Dosage Patients
100 mg daily 3
100 mg twice daily 3
175 mg daily 2
3 capsule(s) three times daily 1
50 mg daily 1
150 mg daily 1
75 mg twice daily 1
200 mg daily 1
125 mg twice daily 1
300 mg daily 1

See all 13 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Cyclosporine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 46
Side effects too severe 33
Did not seem to work 22
Other 17
Course of treatment ended 9
Personal research 4
Change in health plan coverage 1
Expense 1
See all 93 patients who've stopped taking Cyclosporine

Duration

Currently taking Cyclosporine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 10

Stopped taking Cyclosporine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 16
1 - 6 months 12
6 months - 1 year 15
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 17
5 - 10 years 12
10 years or more 12
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 58
Usually 12
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 8
A little hard to take 22
Not at all hard to take 38
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 9
$100-199 4
$50-99 4
$25-49 3
< $25 19
Not specified 33

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Cyclosporine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 3
Acitretin (Soriatane) 1
Corticotropin (Acthar Gel HP) 1
Infliximab (Remicade) 1
Tacrolimus (Prograf) 1

Patients stopped taking Cyclosporine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Adalimumab (Humira Pen) 1
Azathioprine (Imuran) 1
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 1
Prednisone (Deltasone) 1
Tacrolimus (Prograf) 1
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15 patient evaluations for Cyclosporine

tinmansteve
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Data Quality: 1 star
  • Sex: M
  • Age: 67y
  • Organ: Heart
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: None
  1. Heart : 17y Transplanted
I have:
Heart Transplant

See tinmansteve's full Cyclosporine history

Dec 8, 2016 (Started Jun 01, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Prevent organ rejection)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 175 mg/kg/day Daily
Side effects: Depressed mood

  • 0 helpful marks
southern_muslimah
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southern_muslimah
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Sex: F
  • Age: 44y
  • Organ: Kidney
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Moderate
  1. Kidney : 15y Transplanted
I have:
Kidney Transplant

See southern_muslimah's full Cyclosporine history

Mar 4, 2012 (Started Mar 06, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Prevent organ rejection)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Transplant rejection prevention)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Hair growth)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I started working full-time (70 hours a week!) and I was not as compliant as I had always been. I wasn't taking care of myself and would miss doses due to my hectic schedule. It really caught up with me and now I'm paying the price. Please don't make the same mistake I did; you can't take care of anyone else if you don't take care of yourself first!
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Hair growth

May 5, 2010 (Started Mar 06, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Transplant rejection prevention)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Hair growth)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I have been very blessed that I haven't had alot of issues with the meds like some (gum overgrowth for example). I did have alot of cosmetic side-effects in the beginning like acne and hair growth where I didn't want it!
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Hair growth

  • 0 helpful marks
sickgirl2011
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sickgirl2011
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 23
Condition: AIH Anemia
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: None
I am: b
I have:
AIH Anemia

See sickgirl2011's full Cyclosporine history

Mar 3, 2012 (Started Jun 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for autoimmune hemolytic anemia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Hair growth increased, Memory problems)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 11, 2011 (Started Jun 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for autoimmune hemolytic anemia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Hair growth increased, Memory problems)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 350 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It is hard to take it every single day, twice a day, at the exact same time. I don't like it.

  • 0 helpful marks
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