RESTASIS (Cyclosporine) is an ophthalmic medication prescribed to treat certain conditions of the eye. RESTASIS (cyclosporine) treats keratoconjunctivitis sicca, which is when the eye produces fewer tears because of inflammation. During inflammation, the eye is swollen, red, and sometimes itchy and irritated. Inflammation may slow or stop tear production.
RESTASIS increases the production of tears, relieving dry eyes
RESTASIS contains an immunosuppressive agent, cyclosporine, that reduces inflammation. The exact mechanism is not well understood.
Instill one drop of RESTASIS twice daily into each eye.
Separate the administration of RESTASIS by at least 15 minutes from other ophthalmic products.
The vial should be gently inverted several times until the solution becomes a uniform, white, and opaque.
The active ingredient of RESTASIS is cyclosporine 0.05%.
The inactive ingredients are carbomer copolymer type A, castor oil, polysorbate 80, purified water, and sodium hydroxide.
Do not touch the tip of RESTASIS to the eye or other surfaces. Doing so may contaminate the product and lead to infections of the eye.
Remove contact lenses before applying RESTASIS. Lenses should be reinserted at least 15 minutes after applying RESTASIS.
RESTASIS has not shown to increase tear production in patients taking topical anti-inflammatory drugs or those wearing punctal pugs.
The most common adverse effects of RESTASIS include:
- Blurred vision
- Burning sensation of eyes
- Conjunctival hyperemia
- Eye discharge
- Eye irritation
- Eye pain
- Eye pruritus
- Feeling of a “foreign body” in the eye
- Stinging of the eyes
- Urinary tract infection
- Visual disturbance
RESTASIS eye drops can be bought online with a valid prescription from a doctor.