Why has my veterinarian prescribed this medicine?

Cyclosporin is an immunosuppressive agent. It is used to treat diseases and disorders caused by an overactive immune system. An ointment for the eye is also available for treating dry eye syndrome (keratoconjunctivitis sicca). Cyclosporin may be used to help heal cracks around the anus (perianal fistulas).


How do I give this medication?


"Wash your hands after handling the medication."

  • Give this medication to your pet as directed by your veterinarian. READ THE LABEL CAREFULLY.
  • Give medication on an empty stomach, 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals.
  • If animal vomits, medication may be given with food
  • If the medicine is a liquid, measure the dose with reasonable care.
  • Try to give this medication at about the same time each day.
  • DO NOT give the pet more medicine than directed and do not give more often than directed.
  • DO NOT stop giving this medication to your pet unless directed by your veterinarian. Call your veterinarian ahead of time if your pet needs a refill.
  • Try not to miss giving any doses.cyclosporin-1
  • Wash your hands after handling the medication.


Eye ointment or drops

  • Apply to the eye as directed by the veterinarian.
  • Wash your hands after handling the medication.


What if I miss giving a dose?

Give the dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose, and continue with the regular schedule. Do not give the pet two doses at once.


How do I store this medicine?

"Discard opened bottles after 2 months since exposure to air destroys the medication over time."

  • Keep this medicine out of reach of children.
  • Do not store this medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink or in damp places. The medicine may break down if exposed to heat or moisture.
  • Store medication below 30oC, protect from freezing and do not refrigerate.
  • Discard opened bottles after 2 months since exposure to air destroys the medication over time.
  • Do not store medication in plastic (e.g. syringes) for long periods of time.


What are the potential side effects?

  • When giving oral medication your pet may experience the following side effects: vomiting, diarrhea and loss of appetite.
  • Your pet may also experience liver and kidney problems. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.
  • The eye preparation may result in local irritation with redness around the eye and excessive rubbing.
  • Other side effects may occur. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.


Are there any possible drug interactions?

  • Make sure to tell your veterinarian what other medication or supplements you are giving to your pet.
  • Quite often, your veterinarian may prescribe two different medications, even if a drug interaction may occur. In this case, your veterinarian may vary the dose and/or monitor your pet more closely.
  • Sometimes cyclosporin is administered with ketoconazole to allow for a lower dose of cyclosporin.
  • The following drugs can potentially interact with cyclosporin: gentamicin, amphotericin B, ketoconazole, erythromycin, cimetidine, phenobarbital, and phenytoin.
  • Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.

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