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Restasis

Generic Name: cyclosporine ophthalmic (SYE kloe SPOR een off THAL mik)
Brand Names: Cequa, Restasis, Restasis multidose
Restasis is used to treat chronic dry eye that may be caused by inflammation. Learn about side effects, interactions and indications.
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Drug Information:
Restasis eye drops contain cyclosporine which is an immunosuppressant. Cyclosporine can increase tear production that has been reduced by inflammation in the eye(s). Restasis eye drops are used to treat chronic dry eye that may be caused by inflammation. Restasis ophthalmic emulsion may also be used for treating eye disease not listed in this medication guide. Do not touch the Restasis dropper on to any surface, including the eyes or hands. The dropper is sterile. If it becomes contaminated (dirty), it could cause an infection in the eye(s). Learn more

Restasis Side Effects

Restasis Side Effects

Note: This document contains side effect information about cyclosporine ophthalmic. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Restasis.

In Summary

Common side effects of Restasis include: burning sensation of eyes. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.

For the Consumer

Applies to cyclosporine ophthalmic: ophthalmic emulsion

Along with its needed effects, cyclosporine ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Restasis) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking cyclosporine ophthalmic:

Less common

  • Bladder pain
  • bloody or cloudy urine
  • difficult, burning, or painful urination
  • lower back or side pain

Some side effects of cyclosporine ophthalmic may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

  • Burning or other discomfort of the eye
  • pain upon instillation of drops
  • redness of the white part of your eyes or inside of your eyelids

Less common

  • Blurred vision
  • clear or yellow fluid from the eye
  • difficulty with reading
  • eye pain or irritation
  • feeling of having something in the eye
  • halos around lights
  • headache
  • itching skin
  • redness, swelling, or itching of the eyelid
  • sticky or matted eyelashes
  • stinging
  • watery eye

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to cyclosporine ophthalmic: ophthalmic emulsion, ophthalmic solution

General

The most commonly reported side effects were ocular burning, eye pain, eye irritation, lacrimation, ocular hyperemia, and eyelid erythema.

Ocular

Very common (10% or more): Ocular burning

Common (1% to 10%): Eyelid erythema, increased lacrimation, ocular hyperemia, blurred vision, eyelid edema, conjunctival hyperemia, eye irritation, eye pain

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Ocular bacterial keratitis, ocular herpes zoster, conjunctival edema, lacrimal disorder, eye discharge, eye pruritus, conjunctival irritation, conjunctivitis, foreign body sensation in eyes, deposit eye, keratitis, blepharitis, corneal decompensation, chalazion, corneal infiltrates, corneal scar, eyelid pruritus, iridocyclitis, epiphora, stinging

Hypersensitivity

Postmarketing side effects include: hypersensitivity (eye swelling, urticaria, rare cases of severe angioedema, face swelling, tongue swelling, pharyngeal edema and dyspnea).

Local

Very common (10% or more): Instillation site pain

Common (1% to 10%): Instillation site irritation, instillation site erythema

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Instillation site reaction, instillation site discomfort

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by BestRx Medical Team Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Restasis