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How long can you use Cequa for?

Medically reviewed by Sally Chao, MD. Last updated on March 30, 2022.

Official answer


You can use Cequa (cyclosporine ophthalmic solution) for as long as your health care provider recommends. Cequa often does not begin to work until after 4 to 6 months of consistent use, but patients with milder disease may have some relief after a month of use. Since dry eye is a chronic condition, patients may use Cequa indefinitely.

You should not stop using Cequa without consulting your health care provider, even if your symptoms have gone away. Most patients can expect a relapse of symptoms after discontinuing treatment with cyclosporine eye drops such as Cequa. Cyclosporine eye drops are usually meant to be used for a minimum of about 6 months, and long-term use is common.

Cequa is a 0.09% solution of cyclosporine and helps you to produce more natural tears.

  1. Cequa. Frequently Asked Questions. Available at: [Accessed March 1, 2022].
  2. de Oliveira RC, Wilson SE. Practical guidance for the use of cyclosporine ophthalmic solutions in the management of dry eye disease. Clin Ophthalmol. 2019;13:1115-1122. Published 2019 Jul 1.

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