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Have chronic hivee & have been put on cyclosporine. Just started taking the medication sat a.M. 200 mg a day. When can I expect to see some relief?
Several : Cyclosporine is an immunosuppressive agent. It is used to reduce the body's natural immunity in patients that receive organ transplants. It is also used to treat severe cases of psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis. It's very strong medication. It may cause side effects that could be serious, such as high blood pressure and kidney and liver problems.May also reduce the body's ability to fight infec. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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How long is the bioavailability of the cyclosporine once is outside the original package?
Pharmacist: Your pharmacist is very qualified to answer your question as he/she has up to date information on all medications. ...Read more
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Relatively, yes: All drugs have potential side effects, some worse than others. Cyclosporine works well for its uses, but patients must be willing to work with doc closely to prevent untoward events, e.g. Reporting any side effects, reporting fever or infection immediately no matter how seemingly slight. Co-operate with doc when monitoring lab work is asked for; it's for your protection & well-being. ...Read more
Yes: Cyclosporin is a systemic medications used for severe psoriasis. It works quickly, but is toxic to the kidneys with long term use, so it is recommended that it be used for a limited period of time (6-12 months maximum). Generally it is used to get a patient through a short-term severe flare or to give rapid response while waiting for a slower acting medication like Methotrexate to "kick in". ...Read more
Renal tubular damage: Cyclosporine is an immune supressing medication used for renal transplant patients. Overtime, this potent medication especially when its levels are high can damage the tubular structure of the kidney. If you are concerned about its use, discuss this issue with your nephrologists or your transplant team. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer