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Restasis (pronounced as reh-STAY-sis)
Cyclosporine (pronounced as psy-clo-SPORE-rin)
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What is Restasis?
Restasis, which contains the active ingredient cyclosporine, is an eye drop that is used to increase tear production to help patients whose eyes do not naturally produce enough tears to prevent eye irritation.
How does Restasis work?
The exact mechanism of Restasis is unknown but likely to act as an immunosuppressant that decreases inflammation in tear glands. Over time, decreasing inflammation can help patients recover tear production and to stop the damage that inflammation causes to their tear glands. This process can weeks to up to 6 months for maximum benefit. Because of this delayed onset, your doctor may also prescribe other eyedrops to help with discomfort.
How do I use Restasis?
Restasis is usually given 1 drop, in each eye, twice daily. To administer the drop, invert the vial a few times until the white emulsion is uniformly opaque. Avoid touching the tip of the vial it your eyes or any other surface and discard the single-use vial immediately after using it in both eyes to avoid contamination.
If you wear contacts, remove them before applying Restasis - you may reinsert them 15 minutes after administration. If you're using any other eyedrops, such as artificial tears, wait 15 minutes before applying the next product.
If you forget a dose, take it as soon as you remember. But if it's almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your regular dosing schedule (i.e. do not double your dose)
Off label uses for Restasis
Off-label, or unofficial, use is when medications are used for an unapproved indication and it is common for both prescription medication and over-the-counter medication to have off-label uses. Because of its immunosuppressive properties, Restasis is used off-label to quickly treat uveitis. Unlike topical cortical steroids which may take weeks to show improvement for uveitis patients, the effects of Restasis can be observed within days and it is used as a steroid-sparing agent. Decreasing the dose of steroids is especially important in younger patient populations as steroid use is linked with an increased likelihood of developing or worsening glaucoma.
Another common off-label use for Restasis is to prevent and treat post-LASIK dry eye. Some specialists will also pre-treat LASIK patients with Restasis to improve the symptoms of dry eyes after surgery and to reduce glare/halo post-surgery. Restasis is also used to manage allergic-type conditions. For example, patients with atopic dermatitis or eczema may experience inflammation in their cornea and Restasis is used to help manage that. Similarly, Restasis is used after corneal transplant to prevent rejections.
What are the common side effects of using Restasis?
The most common Restasis side effect is a burning sensation when applying the drops. Other common side effects include headache, redness, eye discharge, eye pruritis, blurred vision, and foreign body sensation. As your eyes get more accustomed to using Restasis, these symptoms usually improve. If you experience any swelling, shortness of breath, or a skin rash, then you may be allergic to Restasis.
If you’re allergic to Restasis, discontinue the drug immediately and speak with your doctor.
Is Restasis multidose?
Restasis comes in two different formulations and both are preservative free. Most commonly Restasis is packaged in preservative-free single-use vials. The multi-dose unit keeps the medication microbe free and safe to use by way of clever bottle design that protects the liquid inside.
Restasis vs Xiidra
Xiidra and Restasis work at different points of the inflammation cycle. Xiidra works much earlier in the cycle and, as a result, patients experience benefits from Xiidra quicker than they do with Restasis. It may take Restasis patients up to 16 weeks to experience symptom improvement whereas Xiidra patients experience improvements in 6-12 weeks, sometimes as quickly as 2 weeks. If you wear contact lenses, your doctor may choose Xiidra as you may insert your lens 15 minutes after instilling your eye drops (contact lens are not recommended for Restasis patients). Even though burning and stinging is commonly reported with Xiidra use, it is even more commonly reported with Restasis use.
What drugs interact with Restasis?
Xiidra and Restasis work at different points of the inflammation cycle. Xiidra works much earlier in the cycle and, as a result, patients experience benefits from Xiidra quicker than they do with Restasis. It may take Restasis patients up to 16 weeks to experience symptom improvement whereas Xiidra patients experience improvements in 6-12 weeks, sometimes as quickly as 2 weeks. If you wear contact lenses, your doctor may choose Xiidra as you may insert your lens 15 minutes after instilling your eye drops (contact lens are not recommended for Restasis patients). Even though burning and stinging is commonly reported with Xiidra use, it is even more commonly reported with Restasis use. Xiidra is an alternative to Restasis.
How to order Restasis from Canada
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