- Ciclosporin is an immunosuppressant drug used in the prophylaxis of organ rejection in patients receiving transplants.
- Ciclosporin is also used in the treatment of some autoimmune diseases including psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, rheumatoid arthritis, nephrotic syndrome and ulcerative colitis.
- Ciclosporin levels are measured in order to establish the correct dose, maintain therapeutic levels and ensure that toxic levels are avoided.
Samples should be taken just before the next dose (trough level)
For adults, blood taken into a 4mL EDTA tube.
For children, blood taken into a 2mL EDTA tube
Send at ambient temperature to the laboratory. If unavoidable, sample can be stored refrigerated overnight.
Relevant clinical details including time post-dose and time sample taken (should be just before the next dose).
Samples are sent for analysis at the North Bristol NHS Trust with results expected within 1 week.
Ciclosporin can be ordered as an urgent test if clinically indicated. If the laboratory is informed and appropriately-timed samples are received in the laboratory in the morning, results can be obtained by the end of the working day (Monday–Friday).
As for all immunosuppressive drug measurements, the interpretation of results must be made with regard to factors such as the method used to measure the drug, the time interval between the sample and the last dose, the clinical indication for the use of the drug, the duration of therapy and any other drug therapy.
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Page last updated: 03/05/2019