What is Cyclosporin?

Cyclosporin is an immunosuppressant drug which is typically administered by mouth. It can also be injected intravenously or as eye drops. Cyclosporin is typically used to prevent the rejection of heart, kidney and liver transplants. It is also used to treat certain skin disorders such as severe atopic dermatitis.

Usage of cyclosporin can have some side effects. It has been known to increase blood pressure, induce tingling, numbness and breathing problems. Hence, individuals requiring long term usage of the drug are advised to use the smallest effective dose.

Cyclosporin has also been listed as a Group 1 carcinogen by the IARC (Internation Agency for Research on Cancer). It has been speculated that prolonged exposure will lead to specific skin and blood cancers.

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