Ciclosporin is used in conditions such as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, psoriasis and eczema and to prevent rejection of transplanted organs. It "tames" your immune system and in turn, tunes down the aggressiveness of its attack against parts of your body e.g. kidney, bone marrow, skin.
Common side effects include:
More than 10% of people will experience:
Increase in kidney marker
High blood pressure
Other common side effects include:
As this medication reduces your body's own defense mechanisms. your body may not be as efficient at fighting infections. You may therefore be at higher risk of infection such as infections of the brain, skin, mouth, stomach and intestines, lungs and urinary tract.
You may need to have regular blood tests as instructed by your doctor to monitor for side effects and the amount of this medication in your body.
Talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse if you have any side effects. This includes any side effects not listed in this leaflet. However, do not stop taking your medicine unless you have discussed this with your doctor first.
If you forget to take a dose. take it as soon as you remember. Then take your next dose at the usual time. Do not take two doses to make up for the missed dose.
Store in a cool and dry place. away from direct sunlight. Keep this medication away from children.
Leave your capsules in the foil. Only remove them when it is time to take your medicine. You will notice that they have a strong and distinctive smell.
Pack this medication into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing into the rubbish chute or bin.
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