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The standard dosage of Restasis is the same for everyone -- one drop in each eye twice daily, with doses 12 hours apart. It can take three to six months to notice a significant increase in tear production. If needed, you can use artificial tears in addition to Restasis, but make sure to separate the two products by at least 15 minutes.

An Introduction to Dosing With Restasis

There is only one standard dose of Restasis® (cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion). As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.

Restasis Dosage for Dry Eyes

Restasis only comes in one strength -- Restasis 0.05% Ophthalmic Emulsion. The standard dosage of this medication is one drop in each eye twice daily, with 12 hours between doses.
This medication comes in a single-use vial, or dropper. Each dropper contains the correct amount of medicine needed for one dose (one drop in each eye). You should use one dropper for your morning dose and one for your evening dose.
Use the medicine immediately after opening the dropper, and then throw away any remaining product. Do not save an open dropper for later use, as this may increase your risk for an eye infection.
You might not notice a difference in how your eyes feel right away. However, your eyes should start producing more tears within one month of starting Restasis. Sometimes, it can take three to six months to notice an increase in tear production.
You can use artificial tears in addition to Restasis. Just remember to separate the two medications by at least 15 minutes. As Restasis starts to work, you may notice that you need to use artificial tears less often.
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