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Cyclosporin
 
IN BRIEF

Anti-rejection drug used in organ transplantation.

 
DISCUSSION

Cyclosporin has been used topically on occasion in treatment of severe dry eye for several years now, particularly as a way of reducing surface inflammation. It has recently reached the mainstream by being made the active ingredient of a prescription eyedrop, Restasis.

Cyclosporin can also be used systemically, but has several side effects associated with it.

To share your experience with cyclosporin or read about others' experiences, visit our community forums, Dry Eye TALK .

 
ILLUSTRATIONS

 

 
links and references

LINK: Addenbrooke's NHS Trust on cyclosporin

LINK: MedLine Plus on cyclosporin

ARTICLE: Cyclosporine may treat underlying cause of dry eye (Review of Optometry, 1999)

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