Compare Cellcept vs. Sandimmune

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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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  • Urinary Tract Infection 37%
  • Pain 33%
  • Hypertension 32%
  • Diarrhea 31%
  • Peripheral edema 28%
  • Anemia 26%
  • Abdominal pain 25%
  • Constipation 23%
  • Leukopenia 23%
  • Infection 22%
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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
Prescription only
Available as
CellceptSandimmune
  • Pill
  • Oral suspension
  • Pill
  • Liquid
Used for
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

    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.

    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.

    Kidneys and liver
    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.
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    Weight
    CellceptSandimmune
    • 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 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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