Proper Use

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Take this medicine only as directed by your eye doctor (ophthalmologist). Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered.

This medicine should come with patient instructions. Read and follow the instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.

You may use Verkazia® for at least 10 minutes before using other eye products (eg, eye ointment, gel, or other thick eye drops).

If you or your child are wearing contact lenses, remove them while you are using this medicine. You can reinsert your contacts 15 minutes after you put the medicine in your eyes. Talk to your eye doctor about this if you have questions.

To use Cequa™ or Restasis ™:

  • First, wash your hands.
  • Rotate the vial gently back and forth before use. Do not shake the vial.
  • Tilt the head back and pressing your finger gently on the skin just beneath the lower eyelid, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to make a space. Drop the medicine into this space. Let go of the eyelid and gently close the eyes. Do not blink.
  • If you think you did not get the drop of medicine into your eye properly, use another drop.
  • Immediately after using the eye drops, wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them.
  • To keep the medicine as germ-free as possible, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface (including the eye).
  • This medicine can be used with lubricant eye drops (eg, artificial tears). After putting in your artificial tears, you must wait 15 minutes before putting the cyclosporine eye drops into your eyes.

To use Verkazia®:

  • First, wash your hands.
  • Gently shake the vial.
  • Tilt the head back and look up, pressing your finger gently on the skin just beneath the lower eyelid, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to make a space. Drop the medicine onto your eye.
  • If you think you did not get the drop of medicine into your eye properly, use another drop.
  • Blink a few times so that the medicine spreads across your eye.
  • Press the corner of your eye closest to your nose and gently close your eyelids for 2 minutes.
  • To keep the medicine as germ-free as possible, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface (including the eye).
  • Wait at least 10 minutes before you use other eye products (eg, eye ointment, gel, or other thick eye drops).

You might not use all of the medicine in each single-dose vial. Use each single-dose vial only one time. Do not save an open single-dose vial.

To help clear up your eye infection completely, keep using this medicine for the full time of treatment, even if your symptoms have disappeared and even if you feel better after the first few doses. Your infection may not clear up if you stop using the medicine too soon. Do not miss any doses.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • To increase tear production:
    • For ophthalmic emulsion dosage form (eye drops):
      • Adults and children 16 years of age and older—One drop in the affected eye(s) 2 times a day (every 12 hours).
      • Children younger than 16 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For ophthalmic solution dosage form (eye drops):
      • Adults—One drop in the affected eye(s) 2 times a day (every 12 hours).
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
  • To treat vernal keratoconjunctivitis:
    • For ophthalmic emulsion dosage form (eye drops):
      • Adults and children 4 years of age and older—One drop in the affected eye(s) 4 times a day (morning, noon, afternoon, and evening).
      • Children younger than 4 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, apply it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.

If you miss a dose of Verkazia®, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.