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Doctor insights on: Fetus Disease Immunosuppressive Cyclosporine

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Can my fetus be more susceptible to infection or disease if I am taking an immunosuppressive like cyclosporine?

Can my fetus be more susceptible to infection or disease if I am taking an immunosuppressive like cyclosporine?

No: Very minimal amounts of Cyclosporine actually cross the placenta. Your baby should not be at any increased risk of infection. There have been reports of an increased risk of preterm delivery and smaller babies. Some of that may be related to whatever condition the woman was on Cyclosporine for. ...Read more

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Dr. Tanya Russo
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My husband is taking cyclosporine/immunosuppressive medicine long-term, could that cause birth deffects on a fetus/baby?

My husband is taking cyclosporine/immunosuppressive medicine long-term, could that cause birth deffects on a fetus/baby?

Tough question.: Although the FDA had classified cyclosporin as pregnancy category C meaning that the risk to the fetus is unknown, its effect on sperm is even less known. Thus it is a subject you will need to discuss with the OB doctor. ...Read more

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Can you use cyclosporine chronic use?

Can you use cyclosporine chronic use?

Needs monitoring: Cyclosporine is a calcineurin inhibitor and it has a narrow therapeutic index. If the blood level of cyclosporine is too high, it is likely to cause adverse effects which include nephrotoxicity, hyperlipidemia, gingival hyperplasia, and hair growth. Whether it is used as an anti-rejection agent or as an immunosuppressant in treating auto-immune diseases, one needs to have a close follow-up. ...Read more

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Treat psoriasis with cyclosporine?

Treat psoriasis with cyclosporine?

Last resort: Cyclosporine is an effective treatment for psoriasis - but it is usually used only when all else has failed, because it is toxic to the liver and kidneys, among other things, and weakens the immune system. It should never be taken without close monitoring by an expert in its use for that purpose (usually a dermatologist). ...Read more

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Is there a web site for free cyclosporine?

Is there a web site for free cyclosporine?

RxAssist Database: Talk to your physician about your drug costs. And, don't be reluctant to look at all possibilities for reducing your medication costs-including those from drug companies, community health centers, local social service programs or charitable programs. Visit www.Rxassist.Org to help find options. ...Read more

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Is there a web site for cyclosporine medication?

Is there a web site for cyclosporine medication?

No: Cyclosporine is a prescription. You can't get it just going online. You need a doctor's prescription for it after being evaluated. ...Read more

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Does cyclosporine work on hives?

Yes.: Cyclosporine and other potent immunosuppressant agents are very effective for hives. They are reserved for patients whose hives are resistant to medications with fewer side-effects and that require less on-going monitoring for safety. ...Read more

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How does cyclosporine damage kidneys ?

How does cyclosporine damage kidneys ?

Different ways: While Cyclosporine is a very important medication used in the transplant field and in different rheumatologic and autoimmune diseases it sometimes may damage the kidneys by causing constriction of the vessels inside them. If you are concerned about potential side effects of this medication you should ask your prescribing physician about it. ...Read more

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Does cyclosporine work for hives at all?

Does cyclosporine work for hives at all?

Yes: Cyclosporine is a "second line" medication for hives. It is useful for chronic hives in people who will need long-term treatment, and has more side effects than the "first line" treatments such as antihistamines. It is only used when first line medications don't work - that is, when the benefits of the drug outweigh its risks. ...Read more

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