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If you are using Restasis for treating dry eyes, it is important to know that this medication can cause problems, such as a mild burning sensation, redness, itching, or watery eyes. Other safety precautions with Restasis involve warnings about using this drug while pregnant or breastfeeding. Also, you may not be able to use this eye drop if you have certain allergies.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Restasis® (cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion) if you have:
  • A herpes infection of the eye, or any other eye infection
  • Any allergies, including allergies to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
You should also tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Specific Precautions and Warnings for Restasis

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using this medicine include:
  • You should not use Restasis if you are wearing contact lenses. Restasis is used to treat chronic dry eyes. Normally, people with this condition should avoid wearing contact lenses. If you do wear contact lenses, take them out before using Restasis and wait at least 15 minutes before putting them back in.
  • Although some temporary eye irritation, such as a mild burning sensation, redness, itching, or watery eyes, are to be expected when you use Restasis, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if extreme eye irritation occurs.
  • Restasis is unlikely to interact with other medications (see Restasis Drug Interactions).
  • Restasis is a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown (see Restasis and Pregnancy for more information).
  • It is unknown if Restasis passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, check with your healthcare provider (or your child's healthcare provider) before using Restasis (see Restasis and Breastfeeding).
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