The recommended dose of cyclosporine eye drops is one drop into the affected eye twice daily, approximately 12 hours apart.
Cyclosporine eye drops are available as single-use vials stored in a resealable tray. Before using this medication, gently shake the vial a few times so that the emulsion looks white and appears the same throughout the vial. Instill the medication immediately after opening a single-use vial and discard immediately after use.
You should avoid touching the tip of the vial to the eye or any surface to prevent this medication from getting contaminated. Do not touch the vial container to the eye to prevent any potential eye injury.
If you are also using artificial tears, wait 15 minutes between using cyclosporine eye drops and the artificial tears.
In general, people with decreased tear production should not wear contact lenses; however, if you wear contact lenses, take them out before using cyclosporine eye drops. You can insert your lenses 15 minutes after administering these eye drops.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, instill it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not instill a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at 15°C to 25°C and keep it out of the reach of children. Keep unused vials within the resealable tray.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.