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A healthcare provider may prescribe cyclosporine for several uses, including the prevention of a transplant rejection following a kidney, liver, or heart transplant. Other approved uses include the treatment of certain cases of severe plaque psoriasis or severe, active rheumatoid arthritis. Sometimes, cyclosporine may be prescribed "off-label" to treat several conditions, such as alopecia, ulcerative colitis, and psoriatic arthritis.
An Overview of Cyclosporine UsesCyclosporine (Gengraf®, Neoral®, Sandimmune®) is a prescription medication belonging to a group of drugs called immunosuppressants. Cyclosporine comes in its original form (Sandimmune) and as a modified form (Neoral, Gengraf) that has been slightly altered to be more easily absorbed into the body.
- Treatment of severe plaque psoriasis in people who have failed at least one other treatment, or cannot use other treatments.
- Treatment of severe, active rheumatoid arthritis in people who did not adequately respond to methotrexate (Rheumatrex®, Trexall®). It may be used alone or in combination with methotrexate.