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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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Dr. Ira Katz
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Pregnancy (Definition)

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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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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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. ?

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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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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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

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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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What can cause a sudden onset of unilateral eyelid drooping? It started a month after I started Restasis. I stopped the drops but the drooping persist

What can cause a sudden onset of unilateral eyelid drooping? It started a month after I started Restasis. I stopped the drops but the drooping persist

Ptosis is the: name for drooping eyelid. It is important that you see your doc ASAP. There are a number of possible causes. He/she may refer you to an eye doc. Peace and good health. ...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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