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NEORAL (Cyclosporin)

Before Using Your Medicine

Tell your doctor before you start taking NEORAL if the answer to any of the following questions is yes:
  1. Do you suspect that you have had an allergic reaction to, or been upset by any of the ingredients in NEORAL (listed in "WHAT'S IN YOUR MEDICINE")?
  2. Do you have any kidney problems or have you had any disease, which may have affected your kidneys?
  3. Do you have high blood pressure?
  4. Do you have an infection of any type?
  5. Have you been told that you have any kind of tumour?
  6. Do you have any liver problems or have you had any disease, which may have affected your liver?
  7. Have you been told that you have high levels of potassium in your blood or that you have gout?
  8. Do you have any skin conditions other than severe psoriasis or severe eczema?
  9. Are you taking any other medicines (either bought or prescribed)?
    Some medicines can interfere with your treatment, so make sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any other medicines. In particular, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following:
    • Antibiotics or antifungal medicines for treatment of infection
    • Oral contraceptive tablets
    • Any medicines for heart problems or high blood pressure
    • Anti-epileptic medicines
    • Cholesterol lowering medicines
    • Other immunosuppressive medicines (e.g. prednisolone)
    • Sleeping tablets
    • Potassium supplements
    • Medicines to encourage urination
    • Anti-inflammatory medicines (i.e. NSAIDs) e.g. diclofenac
    • Light treatment (PUVA or other UV treatment) for your skin condition
    • Colchicine
    • Clarythromycin (an antibiotic used to treat infections)
    • Danazol (used to treat menstrual disorders, endometriosis and breast problems)
    • Tacrolimus. Because tacrolimus "dampens down" your immune system in a similar way to cyclosporin, if you take tacrolimus and cyclosporin together your immune system may be "dampened down" too much. If this happens you may be more likely to get infections.
    • St John's Wort: The herbal remedy St John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) should not be taken at the same time as this medicine. If you already take St John's Wort, consult your doctor before stopping the St John's Wort preparation.
  10. Are you pregnant, or planning to become pregnant?
  11. If you do become pregnant whilst taking NEORAL, tell your doctor.
  12. Are you breast feeding?
  13. Have you recently received any vaccinations or are you planning to have any vaccinations?
  14. Are you likely to be exposed to the sun a great deal without protecting your skin with a sun block cream?
  15. Do you regularly use a sun bed?

Taking Your Medicine

Missed Dose

If you forget to take a dose, take another one as soon as you remember, unless it is almost time for your next dose. Then go on as before.

Overdose

If you accidentally take too much of your medicine, tell your doctor immediately, or go to your nearest casualty department.

After Taking Your Medicine

Most people benefit from taking this medicine, but a few people can be upset by it.

First few weeks

After first few weeks

In the long run

There is a theoretical risk of malignancy (cancer) if you take cyclosporin for many years. It appears to be mainly a problem for patients who have had kidney transplants and is thought to be the result of the transplanted kidney being infected with a virus that can cause tumours. These are mainly tumours of the lymph glands (lymphomas). In patients who take cyclosporin for eye problems there is no evidence of an increased risk of lymphoma

Storing Your Medicine

This factsheet was written by Phil Hibbert B.D.S. L.D.S. R.C.S., patient. It has been verified by a panel of experts which include uveitis specialists.
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