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Ciclosporin (Cyclosporine)

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Calcineurin inhibitor Neoral®, Sandimmune® Adult

Ciclosporin (Cyclosporine) - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Ciclosporin (Cyclosporine) cause?

More than 10% of people will experience:

  • Kidney problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Headache including migraine
  • Tremor
  • Increased levels of lipids (e.g. cholesterol) in the blood

As this medications reduces your body's own defense mechanisms to stop you attacking against your kidney, your body will not be as good as normal at fighting infections. You may therefore catch more infections than usual, such as infections of the brain, skin, mouth, stomach and intestines, lungs and urinary tract.

Talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse if you get 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 our doctor first.

Before taking Ciclosporin (Cyclosporine), what precautions must I follow?

Come back to the hospital for regular blood test as instructed by your doctor.

Because adverse effects can happen at any time during the course of treatment and some side effects may not cause symptoms, it is important that you have your regular blood test.

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Ciclosporin (Cyclosporine)?

  • Updated on Monday, February 1, 2016
  • Article contributed by Pharmacy Department, Rheumatology & Immunology KK Women's and Children's Hospital, Singapore General Hospital

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