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Frequently Asked Questions

RESTASIS® Product Information

What is RESTASIS®?

RESTASIS is the only prescription treatment proven to help you make more of your own real  tears. RESTASIS® helps increase your eyes’ natural ability to produce tears, which may be reduced by inflammation due to Chronic Dry Eye disease. RESTASIS® did not increase tear production in patients using anti-inflammatory eye drops or tear duct plugs.

Who can prescribe RESTASIS®?

Any physician can prescribe RESTASIS®.

What can I expect with RESTASIS®?

Making more of your own real tears is a real possibility when you give RESTASIS® time. Just as it took time for your type of Dry Eye disease to develop, it will take time for RESTASIS® to help you make more of your own real tears. In a 6-month study, patients made significantly more of their own real tears. Individual results may vary.

How often should I use RESTASIS®?

Use one drop of RESTASIS® twice a day in each eye, 12 hours apart—every day.

What happens if I get more than 1 drop of RESTASIS® in my eyes?

Please contact your eye doctor if you have questions regarding the proper use of RESTASIS®.

What are the side effects of RESTASIS®?

You may experience some degree of temporary burning and stinging. This may be a response to treatment. If you have concerns, or this persists, follow up with your eye doctor immediately. Other side effects include eye redness, discharge, watery eyes, eye pain, foreign body sensation, itching, stinging, and blurred vision.

Who should not use RESTASIS®?

Do not use RESTASIS® if you are allergic to any of the ingredients.

Can I use RESTASIS® with other medications?

Be sure to tell your eye doctor about any other medications you use. RESTASIS® can be used with artificial tears as long as you wait 15 minutes between products.

How long will I have to use RESTASIS®?

Chronic Dry Eye disease is a treatable but chronic condition with no permanent cure. As long as  you continuously use RESTASIS® as prescribed by your eye doctor, you may continue to make  more of your own real tears. Individual results may vary.

What will happen if I just stop taking RESTASIS®?

Any increase in real tears you notice with RESTASIS® will only continue if you continue to use  RESTASIS® correctly: twice a day, every day, approximately 12 hours apart.

If I am on RESTASIS®, can I still wear contact lenses?

Yes, you can wear contact lenses if you are on RESTASIS®. Your contact lenses should be removed prior to use of RESTASIS® and may be put back in after 15 minutes.

How is RESTASIS® different from artificial tears?

RESTASIS® is not an artificial tear. It is a prescription medicine. Artificial tears provide temporary  relief, but can’t help you make more of your own tears; only prescription RESTASIS® can do that.  RESTASIS® did not increase tear production in patients using anti-inflammatory eye drops or tear  duct plugs.

Can RESTASIS® be used with artificial tears?

Yes. Continue to use artificial tears as needed for temporary relief, leaving 15 minutes between  products. Over time with RESTASIS®, you may rely less on artificial tears. Individual results may vary.

Can I use RESTASIS® if I have tear duct plugs?

RESTASIS® did not increase tear production in patients using anti-inflammatory eye drops or tear duct plugs.

Will RESTASIS® work as intended if I have had cataract surgery?

Talk to your optometrist or ophthalmologist to find out if RESTASIS® is right for you.

Why should I throw away a vial after I have used it if there is still solution left in the vial?

RESTASIS® is packaged in single-use vials because it does not contain preservatives. Use 1 vial  each time and immediately discard after use.

Can I use RESTASIS® for more than 1 dose if I store it in the refrigerator?

No. RESTASIS® is packaged in single-use vials because it does not contain any preservatives.  So it is important that 1 vial be used each time and immediately discarded after each use.

Can I use RESTASIS® if it is beyond its shelf life or past the expiration date?

According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), if your medicine has expired, it may not  provide the treatment you need. Talk to your pharmacist or eye doctor for specific advice.

Is RESTASIS® gluten-free?

Yes. RESTASIS® does not contain corn, wheat, oats, barley, rye, spelt, or ingredients  derived therefrom.

What are the ingredients in RESTASIS®?

Each milliliter (mL) contains an active ingredient of cyclosporine 0.05% and inactive ingredients of  glycerin, castor oil, polysorbate 80, carbomer copolymer type A, purified water, and sodium  hydroxide to adjust pH.

Can RESTASIS® vials be recycled?

Yes. They are recycle code #4.


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Approved Use
RESTASIS® and RESTASIS
MultiDose™
Ophthalmic Emulsion
help increase your eyes’ natural
ability to produce tears, which may
be reduced by inflammation due to
Chronic Dry Eye. RESTASIS® and
RESTASIS MultiDose™ did not
increase tear production in patients
using anti-inflammatory eye drops
or tear duct plugs.

Important Safety Information
Do not use RESTASIS® and
RESTASIS MultiDose™ Ophthalmic
Emulsion if you are allergic to any
of the ingredients. Be careful not to
touch the container tip to your eye
or other surfaces, to help avoid eye
injury and contamination.
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