Ciclosporin is an immunosuppressant medicine used to treat some types of arthritis, kidney and skin problems. It is also sometimes used for other conditions.
Take ciclosporin regularly as directed.
Measure the liquid carefully with the syringe supplied and add to a glass of apple or orange juice (do not use grapefruit juice or paper/polystyrene cups). Stir well and drink straight away. To make sure you get the full dose, add some more juice to the glass and drink that too.
Wipe the outside of the syringe with a dry tissue after use – do not rinse. Do not refrigerate ciclosporin liquid.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and carry on as normal. Do not take two doses at the same time.
Some medicines available without a prescription may react with ciclosporin including:
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products (e.g. echinacea, St John's wort) or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Increased risk of infection - symptoms may include: fever, chills, sore throat, aches and pains, tiredness, pain when peeing, mouth ulcers
Easy/unusual bruising or bleeding
Symptoms of liver problems including: yellow skin or eyes, itching, dark urine, pale bowel motions, abdominal pain
|Tell your doctor immediately|
Changes in vision, confusion
Enlarged, tender or bleeding gums
Joint, muscle or bone aches and pains, tremor, tingling or numbness
Peeing more often, feeling thirsty
|Tell your doctor|
More body and facial hair, acne or oily skin
Swollen feet or legs
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach pain
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. November 2018
For more general information about this sheet and its contents, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?
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