What Is Cyclosporine Used For?

How Does This Medicine Work?

Cyclosporine is an immunosuppressant medication, which means it suppresses the immune system, or makes it less active. Rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis occur when the immune system attacks healthy tissue and cells. Transplant rejection occurs when the immune system sees the transplanted organ as a foreign material and attacks it. By suppressing the immune system, cyclosporine can help prevent transplant rejection and ease symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis.

Can Children Use Cyclosporine?

When used to prevent a transplant rejection, the original form of cyclosporine is approved for children as young as six months old; the altered form is approved for children as young as one year old.
When used to treat psoriasis or rheumatoid arthritis, cyclosporine is only approved for adults age 18 and older.
Talk to your child's healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using this medication in children.

Is It Safe for Older Adults?

Older adults can use cyclosporine. However, they may need to be monitored more closely, as they may be more sensitive to the side effects of this medication.

Can You Use Cyclosporine for Off-Label Reasons?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this medicine for something other than the conditions listed in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. Cyclosporine may be used off-label to prevent a transplant rejection following a lung transplant. It may also be used off-label to treat:
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