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Restasis (Cyclosporine (Ciclosporin))

Restasis (Cyclosporine Ciclosporin))

Product Name Price Qty    
Restasis Eye Drop
0.05% Solution

(℞) Prescription required.

Generic equivalents for Restasis

Cyclosporine (Ciclosporin)
0.05% Solution

(℞) Prescription required.
Cyclosporine (Ciclosporin)
0.05% Solution

(℞) Prescription required.

Availability: In stock


What is Restasis?

Restasis is a prescription eye drop medicine used to treat keratoconjunctivitis sicca, also known as dry eye. It is an ophthalmic emulsion formula, meaning it has a higher viscosity than oil or water so it can better stay on your eyes.

Restasis is for people with suppressed tear production caused by ocular inflammation (inflammation of the middle layer of the eye).

The generic alternative of Restasis, Cyclosporine ophthalmic, is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.

Conditions Treated by Restasis

Restasis helps treat suppressed tear production, a condition that can present itself with age or with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis.

Dry eye syndrome can also occur from the dysfunction of the meibomian glands that reduce oil production and lead to the extreme evaporation of tears, called evaporative dry eye (EDE). EDE is the most common form of dry eye syndrome. Using Restasis eye drops as directed helps reduce the inflammation that causes redness and itchiness.

Without treatment for dry eye, damage to the corneas may occur. See an ophthalmologist to ensure proper eye care. Be patient; it may take around three to six months before you feel the full effects of Restasis or generic Cyclosporine.

What to know before taking Restasis

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or may become pregnant, inform your doctor. At this time there are no adequate studies of Restasis on pregnant women.
  • Discuss other health conditions you have and provide your doctor with a list of all current over-the-counter and prescription medications you use, including herbal and vitamin supplements and any other eye drops.
  • Do not use Restasis while wearing contact lenses. If you wear contact lenses, remove them before using Restasis eye drops and do not reinsert them for at least 15 minutes after.
  • To avoid contamination, do not touch the vial tip to your eye or other surfaces.
  • Make sure to wash your hands with soap and water before using Restasis.
  • Store Restasis at 59 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit.

Possible Restasis Side Effects

As with all prescription drugs, there are potential side effects of Restasis.

Some people may experience:

  • Burning, stinging or itching
  • Redness
  • Blurred vision
  • Watery eyes
  • Discharge
  • Foreign body sensation

Because Restasis and Restasis generic may cause blurred vision, you should not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires clear vision until you are sure you can perform these and other activities safely.