Restasis and Restasis Multidose ophthalmic emulsion are indicated to increase tear production in patients whose tear production is presumed to be suppressed due to ocular inflammation associated with keratoconjunctivitis sicca. Increased tear production was not seen in patients currently taking topical anti-inflammatory drugs or using punctal plugs.
What is Restasis Multidose ?
Restasis is a prescription medication FDA and Health Canada approved to help patients make more of their own tears, and it is now available in a preservative-free multidose bottle.
Has the formulation of Restasis changed ?
No. The same formulation of Restasis that helps patients make more of their own tears is now available in a preservative-free multidose bottle.
Are the Restasis single-use vials still available ?
Yes. Now doctors and patients have the convenience of choosing which option is best for the patient: Restasis Multidose or singe-use vials.
How is Restasis Multidose (cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion) 0.05% bottle technology different from a regular bottle of eye drops ?
Upon instillation, the technology of the Restasis Multidose bottle allows for incoming air to be filtered to maintain a continued sterile environment inside the bottle. This allows for the multidose bottle to be preservative free.
How is Restasis Multidose supplied ?
The Restasis Multidose bottle contains 5.5 ml of Restasis ophthalmic emulsion in a 10 ml bottle. 2 supply options are available:
- Three 5.5 ml bottles intended for a 90 day supply.
- One 5.5 ml bottle intended for a 30 day supply.
Will Restasis Multidose be covered by prescription plans ?
Restasis Multidose will likely benefit from the same prescription coverage enjoyed by Restasis, which has 99% coverage on all commercial and Part D plans. Check restasiscopay.com for coverage in your local zip codes.
Will the My Tears, My Rewards program work for Restasis Multidose ?
Yes, Patients will receive ongoing savings and support for Restasis Multidose. Patients may save more time and money on their co-pay by switching to a 90 day prescription (3 bottles).
Potential for Eye Injury and Contamination
Be careful not to touch the container tip to your eye or ther surfaces to avoid potential for eye injury and contamination.
Restasis and Restasis Multidose should not be administrated while wearing contact lenses. If contact lenses are worn, they should be removed prior to the administration of the emulsion. Lenses may be reinserted 15 minutes following administration of Restasis and Restasis Multidose ophthalmic emulsion.
Check wih your doctor if you think you might need Restasis.
Restasis is available only on prescription. So if you have dry eyes and think you might need this medication, consult your doctor and discuss about it with him.