Restasis (Cyclosporine) is an immunosuppressive agent. It is used to treat chronic dry eye that may be caused by inflammation. This inflammation can interfere with the eyes’ ability to produce tears. As a result of this, fewer tears are produced, and the eyes become dry. Restasis works on the immune cells in the eyes to decrease eye inflammation and increase tear production.
We currently have the brand from Canada and India manufactured by Allergan. The generic called Cyclomune comes from India. Restasis is an eye drop dosed in single-use vials of 0.05 %/3 ml strength.
Restasis is not known to have any serious side effects. Less serious side effects include:
• Blurred vision;
• Burning sensation in the eye;
• Discharge from the eyes;
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to cyclosporine or to any of the ingredients of the medication or if you have an active eye infection. This drug may cause blurred vision. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is unknown whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult with your doctor before you start using this medication.