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What are the alternatives for restasis?

What are the alternatives for restasis?

Dry eye treatment: Artificial tears, ointment at night, low dose topical steroids, punctal plugs, and others. ...Read more

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Can you use restasis with lopidine?

Can you use restasis with lopidine?

Yes: However, you might want to consider options. If you need Restasis because your eyes are dry, you could look into preservative-free eye drops to treat your glaucoma, as preservatives tend to dry the eyes. You may also consider laser treatment for glaucoma to get off glaucoma drops all together. This may improve your dry eye symptoms. ...Read more

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Can restasis make some problems worse?

Can restasis make some problems worse?

Restasis: The most common side effect is a temporary burning sensation. Other side effects include eye redness, discharge, watery eyes, eye pain, foreign body sensation, itching, stinging, and blurred vision. If you develop these or other side effects, you should contact your eye doctor to see if the use should be stopped. ...Read more

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How long before restasis starts to work?

Can take awhile: Usually give it a few months
based upon it's supposed mechanism, it doesn't work immediately (except that the vehicle is a great artificial tear so that can help a little)
http://www. Restasis. Com/_learn_about/learn_whattoexpect. Htm. ...Read more

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Is Restasis Safe for long term use? Meaning years?

Is Restasis Safe for long term use? Meaning years?

Yes: Restasis is safe to use for years. If you are concerned about it, discuss having punctal occlusion with your ophthalmologist. This five-minute procedure permanently increases your tears. ...Read more

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How long until you see improvement when using restasis?

Can take awhile: Usually give it a few months
based upon it's supposed mechanism, it doesn't work immediately (except that the vehicle is a great artificial tear so that can help a little)
http://www. Restasis. Com/_learn_about/learn_whattoexpect. Htm. ...Read more

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Dr. Put me on restasis for 2 months + OTC drops. How long can one stay on restasis - forever?

Yes if necessary: Restasis is dilute cyclosprin, which suppresses white blood cells called t cells on the surface of your eye. This reduces chronic inflammation and promotes a healthy tear film. It takes several weeks to work, and the effect eventually goes away if you stop the drops. If it is working you can continue indefinitely. Some people cycle on and off drops as a maintenance treatment with good results. ...Read more

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Can I use restasis while wearing contacts?

Can I use restasis while wearing contacts?

Ok: Usually ok to use drops with contacts, if you put it in when wearing them however, some of the med can soak into contact lens so commonly suggested to remove them when putting in topical medications. ...Read more

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Can I use restasis and punctal plugs together?

Can I use restasis and punctal plugs together?

Yes: Yes. Restasis can be used in conjunction with punctal plugs and is very effective in this scenario. The original fda data did not show benefit when used together but this subgroup was small and the study was not designed to investigate this issue. ...Read more

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What are some of the side effects of restasis?

What are some of the side effects of restasis?

Restasis: Side effects include, burning, redness, blurry vision (more rare); takes often 3 months to reach therapeutic level ...Read more

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Would using expired restasis be helpful or does it really lose its potency and effectiveness?

Depends: I think that within a month or two after the expiration date you'll probably still get good effectiveness from the medication, however after that it is hard to say. ...Read more

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Could restasis make sinus problems worse?

Could restasis make sinus problems worse?

Not likely: Restasis is a topical drop designed to increase the production of tears in those deficient in tear flow. The increase can be helpful but rarely enough to increase tear flow into the sinuses and in fact more fluid in sinuses might improve the health of the sinuses. So if Restasis is helpful, continue it. ...Read more

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What over-the-counter eyedrops are similar to restasis?

What over-the-counter eyedrops are similar to restasis?

None: Restasis has cyclosporine which is not OTC. It is highly effective for dry eyes and best used long term. The manufacturer usually provides coupons to help with the cost. Dry eye OTC drops are lubricating or re-wetting drops in various formulations. ...Read more

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Are there any over-the-counter eyedrops that are similar to restasis?

Are there any over-the-counter eyedrops that are similar to restasis?

No: Refresh endura is the vehicle for Restasis but there is no over-the-counter equivalent for the medication component of restasis. ...Read more

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Is Restasis absorbed into bloodstream? Concerned with long term use and overuse affects. Can it cause harm to the body?

Is Restasis absorbed into bloodstream? Concerned with long term use and overuse affects. Can it cause harm to the body?

Safety: Topical cyclosporine emulsion does not have reportable systemic side effects to my knowledge. Most side effects are generally ocular surface related. ...Read more

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Of these eyedrops: restasis, pataday, lotemax (loteprednol) and azasite which is best?

Of these eyedrops: restasis, pataday, lotemax (loteprednol) and azasite which is best?

All different: One cannot compare these drops. Each is good for different indications.

Restasis is for dry eyes
pataday is for ocular allergy
lotemax is for inflammation
azasite is for ocular infection. ...Read more

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Why do my eyes feel so dry with restasis in them?

Why do my eyes feel so dry with restasis in them?

Different dry eye: Restasis only treats the part of dry eye due to inflammation and helps you to make more of the aqueous part of the tears. Tears are complex and have three main layers, a watery or aqueous part, a lipid or oily part and a mucous or protein part. These have to work together to relieve dry eyes. Often the oily laryer is too thin, so the tears evaporate quickly, leading to dry spots, dry feeling. ...Read more

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Does restasis allow to use for long term? Prescription for restasis should be used?

Does restasis allow to use for long term? Prescription for restasis should be used?

Eye dryness: Restasis is used to quiet down inflammation which inhibits the release of tears. After about one month introduction period, you should start feeling better. If there is no change, the reason for the dryness is something else. Restasis can be used for a long term but eventually it would be useful to stop for several months and see if the dryness has disappeared. ...Read more

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Have been doing restasis-3 months & eyes feel good. If starting to feel dry again will it take 2 months to work again? Thank you!

Have been doing restasis-3 months & eyes feel good. If starting to feel dry again will it take 2 months to work again? Thank you!

Very likely: Restasis works by removing the inflammation around your tear glands and allowing them to recover. It normally takes 3 to 6 months to notice improvement. Progress is best monitored by schirmer's 2 tear production test. After 3 months, one may feel better but likely is not yet fully recovered. Best to continue until fully recovered and then check tear production every several months. If low, restart. ...Read more

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Just started restasis 3 days ago for sjogrens. I know it takes months for dryness, but my sclera looks whiter. I'm concerned about longterm effects.?

Just started restasis 3 days ago for sjogrens. I know it takes months for dryness, but my sclera looks whiter. I'm concerned about longterm effects.?

Very safe: White sclera is healthy sclera
monitor the side affects of all your other medication, prednisone, etc. Very carefully, do not worry about restasis. ...Read more

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I've been using restasis and I'm 8 weeks pregnant, should I be worried??

I've been using restasis and I'm 8 weeks pregnant, should I be worried??

No need to: There is no reason to use restasis ™ during your pregnancy. It's labeled as a class C pregnancy risk, which means animal studies show fetal risk, but there are no controlled human or animal studies. There is no need to chance the unlikely risk with Restasis. Similarly with its use during lactation. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use opthalmic tobramycin with the restasis I'm already on?

Is it ok to use opthalmic tobramycin with the restasis I'm already on?

Yes: Tobramycin eye drops can be used with restasis. There is no known or reported negative interaction between the two medications. ...Read more

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Restasis (eye drop), are there side effects??

Restasis (eye drop), are there side effects??

Restasis: All medications have potential side effects. The most common side effect of Restaiss is that it can cause a burning sensation, especially if the eyes are really dry. The burning tends to go away as the eyes become healthier and less dry. ...Read more

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If I am allergic to cephalosporin, is it safe for me to take Restasis?

Yes: These meds are totall different and there is no cross sensitivity. ...Read more