Generic Drug Name: Cyclosporine for eyes
Other Common Names: Optimmune
Cyclosporine for eyes is a polypeptide agent that is most commonly used to treat immune diseases of the cornea such as chronic superficial keratitis, pannus, and keratoconjuctivitis sicca. This drug can help to reduce scar tissue and pigment that has developed as a result of disease.
Side effects most commonly associated with Cyclosporine for eyes are usually rare and mild because little of the drug is absorbed systematically.
Cyclosporine for eyes should not be administered in animals with a known allergy or hypersensitivity to the drug. Cyclosporine for eyes should not be used in animals with corneal ulcers. Cyclosporine for eyes may interact with other medications. This should be discussed with a veterinarian. Emergency veterinary care should be sought if an animal experiences any unusual symptoms.
Cyclosporine eye ointment should be stored in original packaging.
Cyclosporine is available in a 0.2 percent 3.5 g tube.
A typical dose range for Cyclosporine in dogs is 1/4 inch strip of ointment PO q12. Dose may vary in different species, when the drug is given by a different route or concurrently with other medications, and with regards to a patient's age, breed, and health status. A veterinarian's dosing instructions and/or those printed on the medication label should be followed closely.
If a dose is missed, it should be administered as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the subsequent dose, the missed dose should be skipped and the regular administration schedule resumed. Two doses of Cyclosporine for eyes should not be administered at the same time.