Just wondering since my eye doctor did not give me a yes or no answer to this question. And this drug works well for me but my prescription, each time for 4 months is $215.00.
How long do you need to use Restasis? Forever?
Question posted by dog8cat on 12 Feb 2013
Last updated on 10 October 2017
I never post things on internet but felt I needed to with this. I was prescribed restasis after suffering with chronic dry eyes for about 20 years and used it for 7 months and stopped because of cost. It has now been 4 years and my eyes have never felt better. Dr said I would use forever but I'm proof that might not apply to everyone.
My dry eye I was told is due to anterior basal membrane dystrophy
of the cornea. The most common source of dry eye is meibomian gland dysfunction. There is also an autoimmune disease called Sjorgren's. If the problem is meibomian glands or blehparitis then the wash with baby soap will work well. I would advise everyone to get the book Reversing Dry Eye by Dr. Stephen Maskin. He goes in great detail and tells us what to do to minimize dry eye. Also, add plants to your home. NASA discovered house plants remove toxins!!!
When I first developed dry eye I tried baby shampoo at the recommendation of mind then ophthalmologist and it does not work at all it made me 50 million times worse so I do not recommend baby shampoo for anyone that has any type of allergies or really severe dry eye! If you want to just use a wash use one of the washees that is supposed to be used for a drye eye like avenova or Ocusoft.
For two years I use steroid eyedrops/ my eye doctor had diagnosed me with ocular rosacea. The steroid drops and freshkote moisture drops helped me to have some type of life again. I sleep with humidifiers are use tranquil eyes moisture goggles at night, motorcycle sunglasses, and fresh kite and other moisture eyedrops. In that time I was diagnosed with type one diabetes and the terrible inflammation in my eyes and my body were a sign.
Right before that I had stopped the steroid eyedrops and I went back to just using just the moisture drops. Things seem to improve a little but they have gradually gotten worse again and I'm trying Restasis for the first time. My doctor told me to use steroid drop before the Restasis for a month to stop any Irritation the Restasis may cause. My Restasis is free with The card from the company and I reuse each vile until there's nothing left so I guess it's going to last a long time. So far I do have some relief I've only been using it for three days we will see what happens. This actually eventually stops the T cells which cause irritation from being produced which causes the attack on the lachrymal glands to stop. there is no way you can compare that action to baby shampoo. Baby shampoo was like an old wives tale remedy and I really do not recommend it if you have the kind of irritation that I had initially which was very red and swollen eyes. Now with the diabetes and the fluctuations in my blood sugar I'm sure that is also affecting my eyes- I do believe there is an autoimmune attack element for me. I'm hoping this is going to help me. Since the steroid was the only thing that helped me before I'm not sure right now if it's the steroids helping me or the Restasis or the combination but I guess I will find out when I stop the steroid. All I know is it feels great to have some more tears in my eyes because even though they are still dry I have two or three x a day when they start tearing and the feels wonderful.
For how long to use restasis?
I have used Restasis for over a year now. My eyes were so dry because of the medications I was taking; and continue to take. What a difference after 6 months.
If you go to the Restasis Web site and join their program they will send you a card to use when you pick up your refills. This card has saved me $$$$$$$ during the past year. I re-enrolled and they send me another card. You swipe it before any other payment. The savings is enormous. I am sorry, I should of kept track of it during this year. It is an excellent program. It is called the Advantage Patient Support Pack when you get it.
It depends on how bad a case of dry eyes you have. My opthomologist told me I would have to use it for the rest of my life. It has definitely has helped me tremendously.My cost this time around is $211.07 for 3 months. If you join the my tears my rewards program, you can get reimbursed up to $90 on out of pocket expenses for a 90 day supply. Also, my dr. told me if i keep the vials in the refrigerator, I would be able to use only one vial a day, instead of 2.This tremendously cuts down on the cost because a 3 month supply will last you 6 months. Of course, you may not be able to do this every day since you are suppose to put it in your eyes twice a day, 12 hours apart, so sometimes you may not be home.
I've used this medicine twice daily, one drop in each eye, for over one year. Just went for checkup ( ophthalmologist) and Dr told me I don't have to continue using it, or can use it occasionally as needed. Told me to come back in 2 years, so I guess its up to me - funny thing is, I never felt any different before, people were just telling me my eyes looked red! So I'll use it 2-3 times per week. She said my tear film was now normal.
Yes, it is a long term drug and it is expensive. I've used it for 6 months now and I think it works great. I'm not using OTC eye drops all the time anymore. Definitely get the coupon/card as suggested by first answer. My eye doctor told me I could use 1/2 of product (in both eyes) in morning, saving other 1/2 for night. There's enough drug to do that. So you'll get double use out of your prescription & cost. The snap off top can be reused; just put it back on top of tube. Keep everything very clean and don't touch the tips with anything including your eye area. Use 2nd 1/2 for your next dose, don't save them up, if you forget just toss and start over. Hope this helps.
Since it causes tears to be produced, it does not cure the underlying problem, I would assume it would have to be used long term if you want to keep having moist eyes. You can go here and see about a discount mytearsmyrewards.com/
- Restasis uses and safety info
- Restasis information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side effects of Restasis (detailed)
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