Restasis

(cyclosporine)

3.1/ 5 average rating with 52 reviewsforRestasis
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Treats dry eyes

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Our bottom line

Restasis (cyclosporine) effectively treats many people with dry eyes associated with inflammation, but it may take a long time before the medicine begins to work and may not work for everyone.

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    $207.85
Quick facts about Restasis
  • Drug class: Ophthalmic
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • Restasis (cyclosporine) helps your own eyes to naturally produce more tears, making it a more long-lasting solution compared to artificial tears.
  • Have to administer drops less frequently, compared to alternatives.
  • Restasis (cyclosporine) has relatively mild side effects, compared to oral medications.
People’s experience with Restasis

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Downsides

  • It can take several weeks before you notice an improvement in your dry eyes.
  • Not available in generic, so it can be expensive.
  • Restasis (cyclosporine) doesn't work for everyone such as those with dry eyes from eye surgery, contact lenses, or thyroid problems.
  • Restasis (cyclosporine) increases tear production, but does not treat the cause of dry eyes. You may need to be on this medication for a long time.
  • The most common complaint is the temporary burning sensation in the eye after using Restasis (cyclosporine).
How it works

Restasis (cyclosporine) relieves dry eyes by increasing natural tear production.

Quick facts about Restasis
  • Drug class: Ophthalmic
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Used for

  • Chronic dry eyes

Dosage forms

  • Eye drops
People’s experience with Restasis

52reviews so far. What do you think?

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What to expect when you take Restasis (cyclosporine) for Chronic dry eyes

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  • Possible side effects
  • Burning sensation of the eyes
  • Feeling like there is something in your eye
  • Blurred vision
  • Watery eyes
  • Itchy eyes
  • Eye pain
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Side effect rates for Restasis (cyclosporine)

  • Burning sensation of the eyes
    17%17%
  • Feeling like there is something in your eye
    3%3%
  • Blurred vision
    3%3%
  • Watery eyes
    3%3%
  • Eye discharge
    3%3%
  • Red eyes
    3%3%
  • Eye pain
    3%3%
  • Itchy eyes
    3%3%
  • Stinging
    3%3%
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Risks and Warnings for Restasis (cyclosporine)

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  • Restasis (cyclosporine) shouldn't be used with contact lenses. In general, contact lenses shouldn't be worn if you have low tear production. Lenses may be reinserted 15 minutes after you use Restasis (cyclosporine).