Cyclosporine is a medication that treats rheumatic diseases by suppressing the immune system.
Cyclosporine is used to treat several different types of arthritis, as well as immune disorders of the eyes, lungs, muscles, skin, nerves, and blood vessels. Cyclosporine is also used to help prevent organ rejection in transplant patients.
Cyclosporine works by reducing the activity of T-cells, a type of white blood cell that plays an important part in the body's immune system.
Cyclosporine is available in 25, 50, and 100 mg oral capsules, as well as a liquid oral suspension.
It can take 3 to 4 months for the Cyclosporine to work. It is important for people starting this medication to be patient and to keep taking it as prescribed.
Important Tests and Risks
Watch Dr. Andy Thompson, a Canadian rheumatologist, introduce Cyclosporine in this short video: