Restasis is the brand name of an eyedrop with the active ingredient cyclosporine, an immunosuppressant. It is usually prescribed to aid in the production of tears when production levels have been reduced by inflammation of the eyes. They are often prescribed to treat chronic dry eye, which may be caused by inflammation. Restasis may also be prescribed to treat other conditions not listed in this guide.
Always follow your doctor’s instructions and use Restasis exactly as it has been prescribed to you.
Store the medication away from heat and moisture, and keep the bottle closed tightly between uses.
Always follow all of the directions your doctor gives you, and read all handouts and patient information given to you by your healthcare providers.
Before using Restasis, inform your doctor if you:
Do not use Restasis during pregnancy unless advised to by your doctor. It is unknown if this medication can pass through breast milk. Talk to your doctor before taking this medication while breastfeeding.
Do not take Restasis if you are allergic to cyclosporine.
Restasis is not approved for use in children or teens younger than 16 years old.
You should not use Restasis is smaller or larger quantities than prescribed, or for shorter or longer than the duration it had been prescribed. You should not use this medication if the liquid has changed colors or has particles in it. Call your pharmacist for new medication, instead.
Keep Restasis, and all other medication, out of the reach of children and pets.
If you experience an allergic reaction while using Restasis, you should seek emergency medical attention. Signs of an allergic reaction may include, but are not limited to:
Common side effects of Restasis include:
Less common side effects include:
Serious side effects aren’t common with Restasis, but can include the following. Consult your doctor immediately if you experience any of the below side effects.
This is not a definitive list of side effects, and others may occur. Talk to your doctor about any possible side effects that you may experience while taking Restasis.
Is Restasis the same as artificial tears?
Artificial tears are drops that provide relief from dry eye. Unlike artificial tears, Restasis helps your body make more of its own tears.
What causes chronic dry eye?
Age, contact lens use, medications, eye disease, and inflammation can all cause chronic dry eye. If you have chronic dry eye due to any of these conditions, your doctor may prescribe Restasis.
What other drugs can affect Restasis?
It is unlikely that other medications which are taken orally or injected will effect Restasis, however many drugs have the potential to react together. Make sure that your doctor always has an up-to-date list of any medications, supplements, or vitamins that you are taking so they can spot any potential interactions.