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Is it safe to take restasis while pregnant?

Is it safe to take restasis while pregnant?

Category C Drug: Meaning animal studies show adverse fetal effects but no controlled human studies or no animal or human studies. Given Restasis is used to treat dry eye (not usually a very dangerous condition) i would stop it. Ask the eye doctor who prescribed it for you. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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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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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 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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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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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 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