Cequa Side Effects Center

Last updated on RxList: 8/22/2018
Cequa Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Last reviewed on RxList 8/22/2018

Cequa (cyclosporine ophthalmic solution) is a calcineurin inhibitor immunosuppressant indicated to increase tear production in patients with keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eye). Common side effects of Cequa include:

  • instillation site pain and eye itching,
  • redness,
  • discomfort, and
  • discharge

The dose of Cequa is one drop instilled twice daily (approximately 12 hours apart) into each eye. Discard the vial immediately after using in both eyes. Cequa should not be administered while wearing contact lenses. Lenses may be reinserted 15 minutes following administration of Cequa ophthalmic solution. Cequa may interact with other drugs. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant before using Cequa; it is unknown how it would affect a fetus. Cyclosporine blood concentrations are low following topical ocular administration of Cequa and it is unknown if the drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our Cequa (cyclosporine ophthalmic solution) 0.09%, for Topical Ophthalmic Use Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


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Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using cyclosporine ophthalmic and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • severe eye pain, burning, or stinging after putting in the drops;
  • swollen eyelids; or
  • signs of eye infection--swelling, redness, severe discomfort, crusting or drainage.

Common side effects may include:

  • mild eye pain, redness, or other irritation;
  • watery eyes;
  • blurred vision; or
  • feeling like something is in your eye.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Cequa (Cyclosporine Ophthalmic Solution)


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Clinical Trials Experience

Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.

In clinical trials, 769 subjects received at least 1 dose of cyclosporine ophthalmic solution. The majority of the treated subjects were female (83%). The most common adverse reactions reported in greater than 5% of subjects were pain on instillation of drops (22%) and conjunctival hyperemia (6%). Other adverse reactions reported in 1% to 5% of the patients were blepharitis, eye irritation, headache, and urinary tract infection.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Cequa (Cyclosporine Ophthalmic Solution)

© Cequa Patient Information is supplied by Cerner Multum, Inc. and Cequa Consumer information is supplied by First Databank, Inc., used under license and subject to their respective copyrights.

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