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Mycophenolate

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Uses
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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: CellCept®;Myfortic®
    • Brand Names: Canada: Apo-Mycophenolate;CellCept®;CO Mycophenolate;JAMP-Mycophenolate;Myfortic®;Mylan-Mycophenolate;Novo-Mycophenolate;Sandoz-Mycophenolate;Sandoz-Mycophenolate Mofetil

    Uses
    • It is used to keep the body from harming the organ after an organ transplant.
    • It is used to treat psoriasis.
    • It is used to treat lupus.
    • It is used to treat uveitis.
    • It may be used to treat graft-versus-host-disease (GVHD).
    • It is used to treat myasthenia gravis.
    • It is used to treat immune linked hepatitis.
    • Mycophenolate helps the body accept an organ transplant.
    • It lowers the body's harmful response to diseases of the immune system.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Take on an empty stomach. Take 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals.
    • Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
    • There is a liquid (suspension) if you cannot swallow pills. Shake well before use.
    • Those who have feeding tubes may also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after this drug is given. Hold tube feeding a couple of hours before and after this drug is given.
    • Shot:
    • It is given as a shot into a vein.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
    • Do not change the dose, brand, or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from light.
    • Protect capsules and tablets from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.
    • Store liquid (suspension) at room temperature or in a refrigerator. Do not freeze. Throw away any part not used after 2 months.
    • The shot will be given to you in a hospital or doctor's office. You will not store it at home.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • You will have more chance of getting infections. Avoid crowds and people with infections, colds, or flu.
    • Mycophenolate may raise your chance of getting lymphoma or skin cancer.
    • Do not take this drug if you are pregnant. Use during pregnancy may cause birth defects. A pregnancy test will be done right before starting this drug and repeated 8 to 10 days later to show that you are NOT pregnant. If you get pregnant or plan on getting pregnant while taking this drug, call your doctor right away.
    • Sometimes drugs are not safe when you take them with certain other drugs. Taking them together can cause bad side effects. This is one of those drugs. Be sure to talk to your doctor about all the drugs you take.
    • Please read the medication guide.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to mycophenolate or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.
    • If you are breast-feeding.
    • Shot:
    • If you are allergic to polysorbate 80.

    Precautions

    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • If you have PKU, talk with your doctor. Some products have phenylalanine.
    • If you have had an ulcer or bleeding from your stomach or bowel, talk with your doctor.
    • Have your blood work checked often. Talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Talk with your doctor before getting any vaccines. Use with this drug may either raise the chance of an infection or make the vaccine not work as well.
    • Do not take antacids, cholestyramine, colestipol, or iron within 2 hours of this drug.
    • The chance of cancer is higher after using this drug.
    • You may bleed more easily. Be careful and avoid injury. Use a soft toothbrush and an electric razor.
    • There is a chance of skin cancer. Avoid sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds. Use sunscreen and wear clothing and eyewear that protects you from the sun.
    • Take good care of your teeth. See a dentist often.
    • Use 2 kinds of birth control that you can trust 1 month before care begins, during care, and for 6 weeks after care ends.
    • Birth control pills and other hormone-based birth control may not work to stop pregnancy. Use 2 kinds of birth control while taking this drug.

    Side Effects

    • High blood pressure.
    • Chance of getting an infection. Wash hands often. Stay away from people with infections, colds, or flu.
    • Headache.
    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Anemia, low white blood cell count, and low platelet count.
    • Loose stools (diarrhea).
    • Swelling.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Signs of infection. These include a fever of 100.5°F (38°C) or higher, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, wound that will not heal, or anal itching or pain.
    • Trouble breathing.
    • A fast heartbeat.
    • Big change in balance.
    • Change in thinking clearly and with logic.
    • Very bad headache.
    • Any bruising or bleeding.
    • Very bad skin irritation.
    • A big weight loss.
    • Very bad muscle pain or weakness.
    • Feeling very tired or weak.
    • Not able to pass urine.
    • For women, if you are pregnant or may be pregnant.
    • Any rash.
    • Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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