What condition does Cyclosporine treat?
Cyclosporine is used to prevent organ rejection for those who received a transplant. It includes heart, kidney, and liver transplants. This medication is used along with other drugs to allow your new organ to work well.
This prescription may also be used to treat severe cases of rheumatoid arthritis and plaque psoriasis. In these conditions, the body’s defense system attacks healthy tissues.
This belongs to the class of medications known as immunosuppressants. Cyclosporinecomes as a capsule for oral use. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved this medication.
How does Cyclosporine work?
Cyclosporine works by weakening the immune system. It is to help your body accept a new organ as it were your own, in the case of an organ transplant. This drug also prevents further damage to your joints or skin. It may be in the case of rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis.
This medication may provide rapid relief from symptoms. You can see some improvement in symptoms after 2 weeks of treatment. It may take three to four months to reach optimal control.
What is the recommended dosage for Cyclosporine?
This medicine is to be taken by mouth with a full glass of water. This is usually taken twice a day. The dosage is based on your weight, condition, and response to the treatment. Take it exactly as it is prescribed. Do not take it more often or longer than the prescription.
Take each dose the same way every day. Take it at the same time and consistently either with or without food. Swallow the capsule as a whole. Do not break or chew it. Avoid drinking grapefruit juice or eating grapefruit while using this medicine unless your doctor or pharmacist says you may do so safely. Grapefruit could increase the chance of side effects with this medication. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
What are the side effects of Cyclosporine?
- Increased blood pressure
- Swollen or painful gums
- Increased growth of facial or body hair
- Tremors or shaking
What are the precautions in taking Cyclosporine?
- You may notice an unusual smell when you open a blister card of this medication. This is normal and does not mean that the medication is damaged or unsafe to use.
- Inform your doctor if your condition gets worse or if it does not get better.
- Do not suddenly stop this medication without consulting your doctor.
- Your doctor might tell you to limit the quantity of potassium in your diet. Follow these instructions carefully. Talk to your doctor about the total of potassium-rich foods such as prunes, bananas, orange juice, or raisins you may have in your diet. Many salt substitutes contain potassium, so talk to your doctor about using them during your treatment.
- Do not have vaccinations without talking to your doctor.
- Talk with your doctor first if you are pregnant or breastfeeding women before taking this drug.
- You should not take this double the prescribed dosage.
- Keep this at room temperature.