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Cellcept

(Mycophenolate Mofetil)

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  • Pill
  • Oral suspension
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Prevents organ transplant rejection.

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

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Upsides

  • 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.

Downsides

  • 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 effect rates for Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil)

289 From clinical trials of Cellcept / Prevention of rejection in cardiac transplants (3 g)
  • High blood pressure
  • Pain
  • Leg or ankle swelling
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Fever
  • High blood sugar
  • Diarrhea
  • Low red blood cells
  • Muscle weakness

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

Common concerns from people taking Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil)

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Pregnancy
Food
  • I'd highly suggest that any patient taking this pill takes it with food in there system.
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.
  • Eyesight getting worse. Swelling of lower legs. Promotes tiredness. Having memory problems, expressing myself. Urine level is going down, but not painful. Having tremors in my hands. Low white blood cell level. Eyesight has been getting worse since kidney transplant almost 6 months ago. The above are all side effects experienced by me.
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.