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What is ciclosporin and why is it prescribed?

Ciclosporin is a type of disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD). It dampens down the underlying disease process, rather than simply treating symptoms. Read more >

How do I take ciclosporin and how long does it take to work?

Ciclosporin is usually given in capsule form twice a day, though it's also available as a liquid. It may be up to four months before you notice any benefit.
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What are the possible risks and side-effects of ciclosporin?

Ciclosporin can cause a rise in blood pressure and affect the kidneys. It can also affect your liver at high doses and can sometimes increase the levels of lipids (for example cholesterol) in your blood. You should tell your doctor if you have any new symptoms, and you should stop ciclosporin straightaway if any of these symptoms are severe, if you haven’t had chickenpox and you come into contact with someone who has chickenpox or shingles or if you develop chickenpox or shingles.

You should avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice while on ciclosporin.

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Can ciclosporin affect other medicines and treatments?

You may be prescribed ciclosporin along with other drugs. You should discuss any new medications with your doctor and always tell any other doctor treating you that you’re on ciclosporin.

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Can I drink alcohol if I'm on ciclosporin?

There's no particular reason to avoid alcohol while on ciclosporin, so it's fine to drink aclohol in moderation.

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Can ciclosporin affect fertility, pregnancy or breastfeeding?

Current guidelines state that ciclosporin can be taken when you're pregnant. If you're planning a family or become pregnant when you're on ciclosporin, discuss this with your doctor. Read more >
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