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Is it safe to take restasis while pregnant?

Is it safe to take restasis while pregnant?

No: Restasis is a diluted version of cyclosporine, which is a drug used to prevent organ transplant rejection. Although highly improbable that this eye-drop could ever affect your pregnancy, it would be much more prudent to use an over-the-counter artificial tears product instead. ...Read more

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Dr. Julie Abbott
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When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...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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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. ?

Minimal: Restasis is a very safe long-term drug. Your dry eye complications are much more likely to cause you ocular damage then the side effects of the restasis. ...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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I have REALY itchy eyes I've tried itchy eye drops but that doesn't help what can I do.? I do have dry eyes I take Restasis. But doesn't help the itch

I have REALY itchy eyes I've tried itchy eye drops but that doesn't help what can I do.? I do have dry eyes I take Restasis. But doesn't help the itch

Allergy and dry eyes: Dry eyes can exacerbate allergic conjunctivitis. You will need to maximize your dry eye treatment (beyond just Restasis). Are you using OTC allergy drops? Prescription- strength allergy drops are much more effective. See your eye MD. ...Read more

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Hello .I have dry eyes and taking restasis for that and i had big dose of rai in may for thyroid cancer can I take Accutane to treat acne.

Hello .I have dry eyes and taking restasis for that and i had big dose of rai in may for thyroid cancer can I take Accutane to treat acne.

Dry eyes ; accutane: Accutane is very, very drying. If you already have severe dry eyes, you should see your eye doctor and discuss the risks of making your eyes even dryer. Your doctor may be able to help increase your eye's lubrication with the placement of punctal plugs. But the key next step is to see your eye doctor. ...Read more

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I have dry eyes and take restasis for that and i had a big dose of rai for thyroid cancer can I take Accutane to treat acne since it cause dry eyes to?

I have dry eyes and take restasis for that and i had a big dose of rai for thyroid cancer can I take Accutane to treat acne since it cause dry eyes to?

Small risk: Accutane can cause conjunctival irritation and secondarily eye dryness. If your eyes are dry to begin with and you add the dryness of accutane, then your dryness can increase. At your age i would have expected acne to be attenuated but you certainly can try Accutane with an understanding of the risks. ...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 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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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