Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Transplant

Hecoria

(tacrolimus)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Transplant
Back to: Full Site NavigationSkip to: side effects sectionSkip to: What to expect sectionSkip to: Risks and warnings sectionSkip to: Common concerns from users and pharmacists

Prevents organ transplant rejection.

Skip Upsides & Downsides section. Skip to side effects section.

Our bottom line

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.

Price and discounts
Prices and coupon for 120 (1mg) capsules of tacrolimus

Upsides

  • 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.

Downsides

  • 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.
How it works

Hecoria (Tacrolimus) is an immunosuppresant that lowers the activity of your immune system, so it doesn't attack the transplanted organ.

Skip side effects section. Skip to What to Expect and Pharmacists Tips section.

Side effect rates for Hecoria (tacrolimus)

157 From clinical trials of Prograf / Heart transplant (Taken with Azathioprine)
  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney function abnormal
  • Low red blood cells
  • Low white blood cells
  • Cmv infection
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Infection
  • High blood sugar
  • Hyperlipemia
  • Bronchitis

Risks and Warnings for Hecoria (tacrolimus)

Skip risks section. Skip to common concerns section.
    • Higher risk if:
    • Taking other immunosuppressant drugs
    • Age 60 or older
    • Weak immune system

    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.

    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 Hecoria (tacrolimus)

Final section. Do you want to return to drug navigation?
Pregnancy
Food
  • 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.
Kidneys and liver
  • 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.
Weight
  • 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.