A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Chemical Name: CYCLOSPORINE (SYE-kloe-spor-een)
CYCLOSPORINE, or RESTASIS, is used to increase tear production in people with dry eye disease. It is used in a class of medications called immunomodulators. It works by decreasing swelling in the eye to allow for tear production.
Take RESTASIS exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow patient instructions for safe and effective use. Wash your hands before using eyedrops.
To make sure you can safely take RESTASIS, patients should thoroughly discuss their medical history with their doctor. This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using RESTASIS, consult your doctor if you have:
Most medications can cause side effects which can be defined as an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can range from mild or severe, temporary or permanent. Side effects are not experienced all patients who take this medication. Many side effects can be managed, and others may go away over time.
Common side effects may include burning, itching, stinging, redness or pain of the eyes, overflow of tears, red eyes, eye discharge, blurred vision or other vision changes and felling that something is in the eye.
Serious side effects are not expected to occur during treatment with RESTASIS.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about additional side effects.