What are the side effects of cyclosporine? | Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation

What are the side effects of cyclosporine?

Cyclosporine is a drug that lowers your body's immune response. Cyclosporine is used along with antithymocyte globulin (ATG), another immunosuppressant, for treating aplastic anemia and some other bone marrow failure diseases. If you are taking cyclosporine as part of your treatment regimen, your doctor should monitor you for side effects. Cyclosporine may cause high blood pressure, kidney damage, loss of magnesium or potassium, liver inflammation, increased hair growth and gum swelling.

These problems can usually be fixed. Your doctor might prescribe medicine to lower your blood pressure and to replace magnesium or potassium.