Patient Information:

Information About Specific Medications :

Swallow capsules whole (without chewing) with a glass of water.Cyclosporine should be taken 12 hrs apart - like 8am and 8pm.When you have to get your cyclosporine level checked, take the morning dose after the sample has been withdrawn (bring your morning dose with you to the lab). If you are asked for a C2 level, give the blood sample 2 hours after taking the medicine. This level helps to know your immunosuppression status and adjust the dose accordingly, as there is risk of rejection if the level is too low and side-effects if the level is too high. You need to be at a safe level in the middle.

Side effects :

  • Tremors (shaking of hands)Increased hair growth of your face, arms and legs
  • Increase in BP which may need to be controlled by medicines
  • Upset stomach
  • Swelling and tenderness of the gums, made worse by poor dental
  • hygiene
  • Numbness & tingling in the hands, feet & mouth
  • Hot flushes

You may not experience any of these, but if you do they usually improve as the dose is gradually reduced.
Once opened, a bottle of cyclosporine remains stable for two months. After this the contents should be thrown away. Capsules should always be kept in the foil packaging and stored at room temperature, not in fridge. Always keep them out of direct sunlight and the reach of children.