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Cellcept

(Mycophenolate Mofetil)

  • Pill
  • Oral suspension
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Prevents organ transplant rejection.

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Our pharmacists’ bottom line

Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil) is a good medication that prevents rejection of an organ transplant, but it can cause annoying stomach problems like diarrhea.

  • 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.
  • 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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Side effects for Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil)

From clinical trials of Cellcept / Prevention of rejection in cardiac transplants (3 g) ( 289)

  • High blood pressureHigh blood pressure78% for Cellcept vs.0% for placebo
  • PainPain76% for Cellcept vs.0% for placebo
  • Leg or ankle swellingLeg or ankle swelling64% for Cellcept vs.0% for placebo
  • HeadacheHeadache54% for Cellcept vs.0% for placebo
  • NauseaNausea54% for Cellcept vs.0% for placebo
  • FeverFever47% for Cellcept vs.0% for placebo
  • High blood sugarHigh blood sugar47% for Cellcept vs.0% for placebo
  • DiarrheaDiarrhea45% for Cellcept vs.0% for placebo
  • Low red blood cellsLow red blood cells43% for Cellcept vs.0% for placebo
  • Muscle weaknessMuscle weakness43% for Cellcept vs.0% for placebo

What to expect when you take Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • 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.

Risks and Warnings for Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Women of childbearing age

    Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil) can cause serious birth defects in a fetus. Don't use Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil) while pregnant. If you're considering having a baby, talk to your doctor about alternative medications.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Tips from pharmacists and people taking Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil)

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Pregnancy
Food
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Take Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil) on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.
  • I'd highly suggest that any patient taking this pill takes it with food in there system.
    Age: 16
    Gender: Woman
    Taken for: Kidney (renal) transplant rejection
Kidneys & liver
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • 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.
Sleep
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Can cause stomach upset, headache, trouble sleeping, or affect your blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol control.
Weight gain or loss
  • Risks from our pharmacists
  • 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.