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Cyclosporine

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Also known as: [Often referred to by brand name (see MedlinePlus Drug Information)]
Formal name: Cyclosporine

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To determine the concentration of cyclosporine in your blood in order to establish a dosing regimen, maintain therapeutic levels, and detect toxic levels

When to Get Tested?

As soon as cyclosporine therapy begins, usually daily or 2-3 times a week, and periodically after that as the dose is adjusted or maintained

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm

Test Preparation Needed?

None. Typically drawn 12 hours after the last dose; on mornings when you are scheduled to have your cyclosporine level checked, do not take the medicine until after your blood is drawn.