Cyclosporine is used together with other medicines to stop the body from rejecting a transplanted organ (for example, kidney, liver, or heart). It belongs to a group of medicines referred to as immunosuppressive agents.
When a patient receives an organ transplant, the body’s white blood cells will attempt to get rid of (reject) the transplanted organ. Cyclosporine works by suppressing the immune system to prevent the white blood cells from attempting to get rid of the transplanted organ.
Cyclosporine is also used to treat serious rheumatoid arthritis in patients who have failed treatment with methotrexate. This medicine is also used to treat adults with serious plaque psoriasis after other treatments (for example, PUVA, retinoids, methotrexate) failed.
Cyclosporine is a very powerful medicine. It can cause side effects that can be very severe, such as kidney problems. It might also reduce the body’s ability to fight infections. You and your doctor must talk about the benefits of this medicine and the risks of using it.
The medication is available only with the doctor’s prescription.
The product is available in the following dosing forms:
- Capsule, Liquid Filled