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Hecoria
(Tacrolimus)

Sandimmune
(Cyclosporine)

Prevents organ transplant rejection. Hecoria (Tacrolimus) is a good medication that prevents rejection of an organ transplant, but there are a lot of rules to follow while taking it.Coming soon.
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Side effects
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How it works
PrografSandimmune
Hecoria (Tacrolimus) is an immunosuppresant that lowers the activity of your immune system, so it doesn't attack the transplanted organ.Coming soon.
Type of medication
PrografSandimmune
Immunosuppressant
Calcineurin inhibitor
Prescription only
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Available as
PrografSandimmune
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Liquid
Used for (click to learn more)
PrografSandimmune
  • Cardiac transplant rejection; Prophylaxis Liver transplant rejection; Prophylaxis Plaque psoriasis (Severe)
Risk factors for serious side effects
PrografSandimmune
  • Taking other immunosuppressant drugs
  • Age 60 or older
  • Weak immune system
  • History of heart problems
  • Drug interactions
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Pregnancy

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.

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.

Food
PrografSandimmune
  • Immediate-release capsules can be taken with or without food, just be consistent in how you take it. Extended-release capsules should be taken on an empty stomach, 1 hour before or 2 hours after food.
No food related info.
Kidneys and liver
PrografSandimmune
  • Comes with potentially serious side effects like kidney damage, seizures, tremor, and hallucinations.
  • Kidney damage can occur when Hecoria (Tacrolimus) is used in high doses, especially in patients with impaired kidney function, or with other damaging (nephrotoxic) drugs like Sirolimus, Cyclosporine.
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Weight
PrografSandimmune
  • Hecoria (Tacrolimus) 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
PrografSandimmune
  • 96% of patients using Hecoria (Tacrolimus) maintained healthy organ transplants.
  • Can be taken by mouth within 24 hours of a transplant, helping reduce the complications of a lengthy hospital stay.
  • Patients taking Hecoria (Tacrolimus) had fewer heart problems than those taking similar medications.
  • Comes as an extended-release capsule, so it can be taken just once a day.
  • Hecoria (Tacrolimus) doesn't cause hirsutism (unexpected hair growth) or gum overgrowth like Cyclosporine.
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Downsides and risks
PrografSandimmune
  • Regular blood tests are needed, especially in the beginning, to make sure Hecoria (Tacrolimus) isn't affecting your body in a bad way.
  • 20% of patients need insulin to control their blood sugar while taking Hecoria (Tacrolimus).
  • Comes with potentially serious side effects like kidney damage, seizures, tremor, and hallucinations.
  • You'll likely need to take corticosteroids with Hecoria (Tacrolimus).
  • Similar immunosuppressant medications can have fewer side effects.
  • Hecoria (Tacrolimus), like all immunosuppressants increases your risk of infection and certain cancers.
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Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
PrografSandimmune
  • Immediate-release capsules can be taken with or without food, just be consistent in how you take it. Extended-release capsules should be taken on an empty stomach, 1 hour before or 2 hours after food.
  • When getting a transplant, you'll be given several medications. To reduce side effects and interactions, be sure to tell your doctor about any other medications or vitamins you're taking.
  • Hecoria (Tacrolimus) and other immunosuppressants can lower your body's ability to fight infection. It's important that you practice good hygiene, avoid close contact with people who are sick, wear gloves when you garden, keep any cuts clean and covered, and avoid sharing towels or sponges.
  • 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.
  • Let your doctor know about any flu-like symptoms, muscle weakness or cramps, irregular heart beat, changes in eyesight, or if you're not urinating like you normally do.
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