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Hecoria

(Tacrolimus)

  • Pill
  • Extended release
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Prevents organ transplant rejection.

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Our pharmacists’ 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.

  • 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.
  • 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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Side effects for Hecoria (Tacrolimus)

From clinical trials of Prograf / Heart transplant (Taken with Azathioprine) ( 157)

  • High blood pressureHigh blood pressure62% for Tacrolimus vs.0% for placebo
  • Kidney function abnormalKidney function abnormal56% for Tacrolimus vs.0% for placebo
  • Low red blood cellsLow red blood cells50% for Tacrolimus vs.0% for placebo
  • Low white blood cellsLow white blood cells48% for Tacrolimus vs.0% for placebo
  • Cmv infectionCmv infection32% for Tacrolimus vs.0% for placebo
  • Diabetes mellitusDiabetes mellitus26% for Tacrolimus vs.0% for placebo
  • InfectionInfection24% for Tacrolimus vs.0% for placebo
  • High blood sugarHigh blood sugar23% for Tacrolimus vs.0% for placebo
  • HyperlipemiaHyperlipemia18% for Tacrolimus vs.0% for placebo
  • BronchitisBronchitis17% for Tacrolimus vs.0% for placebo

What to expect when you take Hecoria (Tacrolimus)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • 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.

Risks and Warnings for Hecoria (Tacrolimus)

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    • 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

Tips from pharmacists and people taking Hecoria (Tacrolimus)

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Food
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • 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 & liver
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • Comes with potentially serious side effects like kidney damage, seizures, tremor, and hallucinations.
  • Risks from our pharmacists
  • Hecoria (Tacrolimus) can increase your risk of diabetes. If you are at risk, you'll need to monitor your blood glucose levels often. There's a higher risk for African-American and Hispanic kidney transplant patients.
  • 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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  • Risks from our pharmacists
  • 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.