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CYCLOSPORINE (Neoral) [S-eye-clo-SPOR-in]
How to use this medication
Cyclosporine is a medication used to treat diseases like lupus and vasculitis. While taking this medicine it is important to have blood tests done and see your doctor on a regular basis.
The normal dose of cyclosporine is between 50 and 150 mg taken twice per day. The dose is based on your weight. Cyclosporine is available as capsules and as a liquid.
It will take 3 to 4 months for the cyclosporine to work. It is important for you to keep taking the medicine.
What you need to do
Cyclosporine can make it harder for you to fight off infections. Stop the medicine and call your rheumatologist if:
- You develop a fever
- You think you have an infection
- You are given antibiotics to treat an infection
Have your blood tested REGULARLY. This is important to make sure cyclosporine isn’t affecting your blood counts or kidneys.
Cyclosporine can cause your blood pressure to rise. It is important to have your blood pressure checked on a regular basis.
There are several prescription medications that are not safe to take with cyclosporine. Discuss any new medication with your doctor.
Side effects & important things to know
Some people can feel sick to their stomach, bloated, have stomach pain, or develop diarrhea when they take cyclosporine. Please let your doctor know if this happens.
Cyclosporine can affect your kidneys. Your kidneys are watched through regular blood testing. Drink 8-10 glasses of water per day to flush your kidneys.
Other side effects
Cyclosporine can cause other side effects:
Cyclosporine is not normally taken during pregnancy. If you become pregnant or are planning to become pregnant please let your doctor know.
When used for long periods of time, cyclosporine may be associated with a small risk of lymphoma and skin cancer.
When should I call my doctor
- If you feel sick and want to stop
- If you are concerned about any side effects
- If you want to or have already stopped the medicine
Other Reasons to Call your Doctor:
Other important information
You can simply stop taking cyclosporine. Please call your doctor if you stop the medication.