Cyclosporine for Atopic Dermatitis

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Cyclosporine (such as Neoral) is used to treat severe cases of adult atopic dermatitis that haven't responded to other treatments. It suppresses the immune system. By blocking the body's inflammation process, this oral medicine can help control itching and rash.

Short-term treatment with cyclosporine works well in both adults and children. This medicine can cause serious side effects, such as high blood pressure and kidney problems. So your doctor will watch your treatment closely.

As soon as a person quits taking this medicine, the skin problem often comes back.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerAmy McMichael, MD - Dermatology

Current as ofMarch 12, 2014

Current as of: March 12, 2014