Restasis Side Effects

Generic Name: cyclosporine ophthalmic

Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug cyclosporine ophthalmic. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Restasis.

It is possible that some side effects of Restasis may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.

For the Consumer

Applies to cyclosporine ophthalmic: ophthalmic emulsion

As well as its needed effects, cyclosporine ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Restasis) may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

Some cyclosporine ophthalmic side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

More Common
  • Burning or other discomfort of the eye
Less common
  • Blurred vision
  • clear or yellow fluid from eye
  • difficulty reading
  • eye pain
  • feeling of having something in the eye
  • halos around lights
  • itching skin
  • redness of the white part of your eyes or inside of your eyelids
  • sticky or matted eyelashes
  • stinging
  • watery eye

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to cyclosporine ophthalmic: ophthalmic emulsion

Ocular

Ocular side effects have most commonly included ocular burning (17%). Conjunctival hyperemia, discharge, epiphora, eye pain, foreign body sensation, pruritus, stinging and visual disturbances (most often blurring) have been reported in 1% to 5% of patients.
Postmarketing side effects include: superficial injury of the eye during administration (from the vial tip touching the eye).

Hypersensitivity

Postmarketing side effects include: hypersensitivity (eye swelling, urticaria, rare cases of severe angioedema, face swelling, tongue swelling, pharyngeal edema and dyspnea).

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