If you are a transplant recipient, you generally will stay on cyclosporine as long as that is the treatment of choice for you. If there are signs of rejection, even with blood levels in the therapeutic range, you may be switched to a different immunosuppressant drug. Also, there is a greater chance of toxic side effects the longer you are on cyclosporine, so a health practitioner may choose to alter drug therapy when you have been on cyclosporine for more than 2-3 years.
If you have an autoimmune disorder such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn disease, or psoriasis, you will be treated with cyclosporine only when your symptoms are acute and if other treatments have not been effective. It is not advised that your stay on cyclosporine for more than a year due to an increase in the likelihood of toxic symptoms the longer you are on the medication. Short-term or intermittent courses of 12 weeks at a time are more advisable.
Cyclosporine will usually be monitored by health practitioners who have specific knowledge of the condition or disease for which the drug is prescribed. They tend to be very familiar with cyclosporine and its use in therapy, and they understand the importance of monitoring the drug. They may include your surgeon or your doctor treating you for your arthritis or psoriasis.
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