cyclosporine (generic name)
It is used to decrease the immune system's response to a transplanted organ
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What should I watch for while using this medicine?This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. You will have regular blood checks. Do not change the brand of medicine unless directed by your doctor or health care professional.
If you get a cold or other infection while taking this medicine, call your doctor or health care professional. Do not treat yourself. The medicine may decrease your body's ability to fight infections.
The medicine can cause unusual growth of gum tissue and can make your gums bleed. Practice good oral hygiene, and be careful when brushing and flossing your teeth. See your dentist regularly.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
Where should I keep my medicine?Keep out of the reach of children.
Store Neoral at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Store Sandimmune below 30 degrees C (86 degrees F). Do not keep in the refrigerator. Do not freeze. Keep the medicine in the original packaging. Throw away any unused medicine after two months of opening the bottle or after the expiration date.
At a temperature below 20 degrees C (68 degrees F) some brands of cyclosporine oral solution (e.g., Neoral and its generic forms) may form a gel or sediment. If this happens, let the medicine warm to room temperature (about 77 degrees F) before use.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.