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Cellcept
(Mycophenolate Mofetil)

Sandimmune
(Cyclosporine)

Prevents organ transplant rejection. Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil) is a good medication that prevents rejection of an organ transplant, but it can cause annoying stomach problems like diarrhea.Coming soon.
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Side effects
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How it works
CellceptSandimmune
Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil) is an immunosuppresant that lowers the activity of your immune system, so it doesn't attack the transplanted organ.Coming soon.
Type of medication
CellceptSandimmune
ImmunosuppressantPrescription only
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Available as
CellceptSandimmune
  • Pill
  • Oral suspension
  • Pill
  • Liquid
Used for (click to learn more)
CellceptSandimmune
  • Cardiac transplant rejection; Prophylaxis Liver transplant rejection; Prophylaxis Plaque psoriasis (Severe)
Risk factors for serious side effects
CellceptSandimmune
  • Women of childbearing age
  • Taking other immunosuppressant drugs
  • Age 60 or older
  • Weak immune system
      Detailed Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil) risks & warnings »
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      Pregnancy category
      CellceptSandimmune
      DFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

      Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

      See the FDA package insert
      CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

      See the FDA package insert
      Alcohol
      No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
      Food
      • Take Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil) on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.
      No specific food-related info.
      Kidneys and liver
      • It's a first-choice medication for preventing organ rejection since it doesn't hurt the kidneys or liver like other medications in its class.
      No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
      Sex
      No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
      Sleep
      • Can cause stomach upset, headache, trouble sleeping, or affect your blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol control.
      No specific sleep-related info.
      Weight
      • Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil) can increase your risk of serious or life-threatening bacterial, fungal, and viral infections. In some cases, infections can be reactivated from an inactive virus in your body like tuberculosis (TB) or hepatitis B virus (HBV). If you develop symptoms of fever, chills, muscle aches, or you notice dark urine, appetite/weight loss, vomiting, or a skin rash, tell your doctor and get medical care right away.
      No specific weight-related info.
      Upsides and benefits
      CellceptSandimmune
      • It's a first-choice medication for preventing organ rejection since it doesn't hurt the kidneys or liver like other medications in its class.
      • Can often be used by itself to prevent rejection without using more complicated medications like steroids or Tacrolimus.
      • However, survival rates are the highest and rejection is the lowest when Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil) is used with other medications to prevent transplant rejection.
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      Downsides and risks
      CellceptSandimmune
      • Regular blood tests are needed, especially in the beginning, to make sure Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil) isn't affecting your body in a bad way.
      • Diarrhea is the main reason why people stop taking Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil).
      • If you're interested in becoming pregnant, you need to switch to a different medication since Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil) can cause serious birth defects.
      • You may need to take another medicine to control your blood pressure, blood sugar, or cholesterol while on this.
      • Since it's an immunosuppressant, it can increase your risk of infections and certain cancers.
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      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      CellceptSandimmune
      • Take Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil) on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.
      • Don't be out in the sun for too long since you're more likely to get sunburned and increase the risk of skin cancer. Wear protective clothing and sunblock if you have to be out.
      • Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil) can hurt or kill a fetus during pregnancy. Females of childbearing age must use two forms of birth control 4 weeks before, during, and 6 weeks after treatment.
      • Can cause stomach upset, headache, trouble sleeping, or affect your blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol control.
      • Let your doctor know about any unusual bleeding, low energy, weakness, or flu-like symptoms.
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