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Cyclosporine is used in atopic dermatitis and organ transplantation.
It is also used to prevent transplant rejection of bone marrow and stem cell.

How it works

Cyclosporine suppresses the activity of body's immune system and prevents rejection of the transplanted organ.

Common side effects

Nausea, Vomiting, Increased hair growth, Increased blood pressure, Renal dysfunction, Loss of appetite, Diarrhoea

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Expert advice

• Take precaution while using Cyclosporine as it affects your ability to fight against infection.
• Seek immediate medical attention if you have any signs of active infection like fever, sore throat, in case you have gout or if you are taking any medications for the same or if you need any vaccination.
• Your blood parameters will be monitored regularly for the Cyclosporine content in the blood especially post-transplantation or if you have any liver, kidney diseases or high blood pressure (hypertension).
• Inform your doctor if you have history of fits (epilepsy) or any alcohol-related problems.
• Avoid direct exposure to sunlight or UV light while on treatment with Cyclosporine, as immune system suppression increases the risk of developing skin and lymphoid system cancers. 
• Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
• Patients allergic to Cyclosporine or any of its ingredients should avoid it.
• Cyclosorine should not be administered to patients receiving radiation therapy, including psoralen ultraviolet A (PUVA) or ultraviolet B (UVB) therapy, for psoriasis.

Frequently asked questions



Is Cyclosporine cytotoxic?
No, Cyclosporine is not cytotoxi


Is Cyclosporine a steroid/ sulfa drug?
No, Cyclosporine is not a steroid or sulfa drug, but a cyclic peptide isolated from fungal source


Does Cyclosporine affect fertility & birth control?
No, Cyclosporine is not known to impair fertility and has no known effects on birth contro

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Does Cyclosporine cause weight gain, constipation or hair loss?
No, Cyclosporine has no known effects on weight gain, constipation or hair loss.

Content on this page was last updated on 24 April, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)