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What are cyclosporine eyedrops used for?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Cyclosporine is a drug that suppresses the immune system and reduces inflammation. Cyclosporine eyedrops (Restasis) are FDA-approved for people with dry eye syndrome and low tear production due to inflammation of the eye surface and lacrimal glands. The eyedrops are used twice a day. This treatment can take up to 3 months to reach full effect. If the drops work well, the dose can be reduced to once a day after a year. 

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