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What should I know about cyclosporine before taking it?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Your doctor will need to perform blood tests before you start treatment.

If you have an immune system problem, cyclosporine may not be a good option for you.

Cyclosporine is not recommended for people with psoriatic arthritis affecting the spine or sacroiliac joints.

If you have cancer, you should not take cyclosporine.

If you have uncontrolled hypertension, you should not take cyclosporine.

If you have impaired kidney function, you should not take cyclosporine.

Cyclosporine may not be a good option for you if you are pregnant, may be pregnant, or are planning to become pregnant. It is not known if it is safe for pregnant women.

You should not take cyclosporine if you are breastfeeding.

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