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    Thread: Restasis substitutes?

    1. #1
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      Oct 2006
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      Melbourne, Australia
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      Restasis substitutes?

      Dear Dr. Latkany,
      I live in Australia where Restasis is unfortunately not available. However, I have heard of people using cyclosporin eyedrops, which are concocted on prescription by a pharmacist. Would this approach be equivalent to using Restasis? Are there other options you know of for people who cant get restasis?

      Congrats on your upcoming book - I'm looking forward to reading it.

      Thanks,
      Sam

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      Join Date
      Jan 2007
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      New York
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      Sam,

      As long as you find a compounding pharmacist
      that can make 0.05% cyclosporine then it will be
      close but not the same (the vehicle in which it is
      used with is another Allergan product). Most compounding pharmacist
      do not make this and rather make 0.5%, 1% or 2% and have
      been used for years for other serious eye illnesses.
      They have not been studied with dry eyes but I have
      used them in the past and they can help but this
      of course would be off-label use. I have had many
      people see from overseas for this exact reason and
      they leave with more than a one year supply.

      Dr L

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