A cyclosporin level lab test is a blood test that measures the level of cyclosporin in the blood.
Why is the cyclosporin level lab test done?
A cyclosporin level lab test is done in order to:
Establish an appropriate dose,
Maintain a therapeutic level of cyclosporin,
Detect toxic levels of cyclosporin in the blood.
What does a cyclosporin level lab test measure?
A cyclosporin level lab test measures the amount of cyclosporin circulating in the blood. Cyclosporin is an immunosuppressant (reduces body’s natural defense) drug. It is prescribed when a person gets an organ transplant in order to avoid organ rejection.
Are there any risks associated with this test?
There are no known risks associated with this test.
How should I prepare for this test?
This test does not require any special preparation.
What is the best time to get this test done?
If cyclosporine is given twice a day, then this test should be performed 12 hours after the last dose, just before the new dose is administered.
What happens when cyclosporine level is high?
A high cyclosporine level may cause high blood pressure and kidney damage.
What should be avoided when taking cyclosporine?
Avoid drinking grapefruit juice or eating grapefruit while taking cyclosporine.
Normal range of cyclosporine in the blood in the first week post transplantation is 500-600 ng/mL.
Normal range of cyclosporine in the blood from second week to six months post transplantation is 600-800ng/mL.
Normal range of cyclosporine in the blood from seventh to twelfth month is 400-600 ng/mL.