Precautions To Remember
Seniors, as well as individuals with pre-existing kidney disease or hypertension, should consult their doctor about taking cyclosporine. This is because they may be at an increased risk of kidney damage. Those taking creatine supplements may also be at risk because cyclosporine can cause increased creatinine levels in the blood, which can overburden the kidneys. When taking this medication, individuals should not drink alcohol. Doing so can result in both liver and kidney damage.
Those who have any form of liver disease are not only at risk of liver damage when taking cyclosporine, but other complications as well. Impaired liver function can slow the time it takes for the body to metabolize this medication. This can then lead to excessive amounts of the medication within the liver and body. Also, as cyclosporine is an immunosuppressant, individuals with any active infections should avoid taking it as well. Those taking this medication should also avoid others who may be sick with viral, bacterial, or fungal infections for the same reason.