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Brand name: Neoral®

Cyclosporine is available in the following formulations:

  • Cyclosporine capsules
  • Cyclosporine oral solution

What is this medication for?

Cyclosporine is a medication used to lower your body’s immune (defense) system. It is used to prevent your transplanted organ from being rejected. It makes your white blood cells weaker so that your body will not reject the new organ.

How should I take this medication?

Cyclosporine should be taken with food to decrease stomach upset, but may be taken on an empty stomach. Be consistent, if you take it with food, always take it with food; if you take it on an empty stomach, always take it on an empty stomach. 

If you are taking the oral liquid you may add the medication to a glass or ceramic container (NOT plastic) half full of apple or orange juice (NOT grapefruit juice) to improve the taste. Drink the liquid immediately after mixing. After drinking all of the liquid containing the medication, add some more liquid to the glass and drink it to be sure you get the full dose of your cyclosporine. After you have measured your dose, dry the outside of the dropper with a clean tissue. Do not rinse the dropper with water or any other liquid. Do not throw the dropper away, as you only get ONE dropper per bottle. This dropper is specifically designed to be used with the cyclosporine.

What are some possible side effects of this medication?

Check with your doctor if any of these are bothersome or persistent.


If you are diabetic, make sure you monitor your sugars regularly. Report any numbness or tingling in your hands or feet, increased thirst, dry mouth, fruity odour on your breath, or increased urinary frequency to your doctor.

May be a sign of high cyclosporine levels. Report these symptoms to your doctor.


Eat healthy, well-balanced meals. Eat foods lower in fat and sugar content. Ask the dietitian to help you with an eating plan.


‎Check with your doctor if you have an infection, illness or injury or are experiencing fever, chills, sore throat or other symptoms of a cold or flu.

Brush and floss your teeth daily and visit your dentist regularly. Report these symptoms to your doctor.


‎Taking this medication may increase your risk of skin and other cancers. Please inform your transplant team if you are diagnosed with cancer. For additional information please see section on “Cancer Risk”.

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