I was very healthy, was put on restasis for dry eye. several months later 2 malignant melanomas, then blood cancer. research shows it is an immune suppressant and causes cancer, so there must be others out there with this experience. Thx
It doesn't "cause" cancer. Immuno suppressents effect your ability to fight off cancer. Used locally in the eye its effect on the rest of the body is minimal.
rooo - I would like to get in contact with you. My 51 year old mother was diagnosed with a tumor in her upper sinus cavity and lymphoma in December and started on Restasis in June. She had wanted me to look into this further. Obviously, we don't for sure but definitely think it's worth looking into.
I had been on Restasis for approximately 2 years when I developed an aggressive form of Squamous Cell skin cancer right under one eye. Even though I had Mohs surgery, it grew back within the year. I had no other known risk factors.
I had used restasis successfully for a couple of years. I was switched to Xiidra because my insurance dropped coverage for restasis. Xiidra caused irritation with very gooey discharge, blurred vision, and other unpleasant side effects for up to an hour after administering each dose. So my opthamologist switched me back to restasis with approval from my insurance. Now I’m concerned about the immunosuppressive effect of cyclosporine and the risk of cancer. So the short answer is that I had no problems after using restasis for a couple of years, but I am worried about using it now.
Your question was a couple of years ago, I hope you have recovered and are doing well now.
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