What may interact with Cyclosporine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
-red yeast rice, monascus purpureus
-St. John''s wort

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
-certain antibiotics
-female hormones, including contraceptive or birth control pills
-medicines for fungal infections like amphotericin B, fluconazole, itraconazole, terbinafine, and ketoconazole
-medicines for blood pressure like diltiazem, nicardipine, verapamil, enalapril, ramipril, and losartan
-medicines for cholesterol like lovastatin, simvastatin, atorvastatin, and fenofibrate
-medicines for HIV infection like indinavir, nelfinavir, ritonavir, and saquinavir
-medicines that suppress the immune system
-NSAIDs, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
-steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone

What should I tell my health care provider before I take Cyclosporine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
-high blood pressure
-kidney disease
-liver disease
-recent vaccinations
-an unusual or allergic reaction to cyclosporine, alcohol, castor oil, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
-pregnant or trying to get pregnant
-breast feeding

What should I watch for while using Cyclosporine?

Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine. You will need important blood work while you are taking this medicine.

If you get a cold or other infection while taking this medicine, call your doctor or health care professional. Do not treat yourself. The medicine may decrease your body''s ability to fight infections.

The medicine can cause unusual growth of gum tissue and can make your gums bleed. Practice good oral hygiene, and be careful when brushing and flossing your teeth. See your dentist regularly.

Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information.

This medicine may increase your risk for certain types of skin cancer, especially if you have psoriasis. To decrease your risk, were protective clothing, including hats, and use sunscreen with a high protection factor when exposed to the sun. Avoid using tanning beds.

Some products may contain alcohol. Ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider if this medicine contains alcohol. Be sure to tell all healthcare providers you are taking this medicine. Certain medicines, like metronidazole and disulfiram, can cause an unpleasant reaction when with taken alcohol. The reaction includes flushing, headache, nausea, vomiting, sweating, and increased thirst. The reaction can last from 30 minutes to several hours.

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.