Prograf
Alternatives

(tacrolimus)

Prograf (tacrolimus)

Prescription only

Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil)

Prescription only
1 of 4 alternatives
Prevents rejection of a transplanted organ.

Prograf (tacrolimus) is a good medicine that prevents rejection of an organ transplant, but you will need to be on it lifelong.

Prevents organ transplant rejection.

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

Upsides
  • Prevents your body from rejecting a transplanted organ.
  • Available as an extended-release pill, so it can be taken just once daily.
  • Less cosmetic side-effects than other anti-rejection medicine like cyclosporine.
  • 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 required for monitoring while on Prograf (tacrolimus).
  • Can cause a lot of side-effects, such as high blood sugar, high blood pressure, mental status changes, and kidney damage, especially with lifelong use.
  • Increases your risk of infection and certain cancers.
  • 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.
Used for
  • Prevention of heart transplant rejection
  • Prevention of liver transplant rejection
  • Prevention of kidney transplant rejection
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Oral suspension
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Side effects
10possible side effects
  • High blood pressure
    62%
  • Kidney Function Abnormal
    56%
  • Anemia
    50%
  • Low white blood cells
    48%
  • Viral infection
    32%
  • Diabetes Mellitus
    26%
  • Infection
    24%
  • High blood sugar
    23%
  • High cholesterol
    18%
  • Bronchitis
    17%
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10possible side effects
  • Hypertension
    78%
  • Pain
    76%
  • Peripheral edema
    64%
  • Headache
    54%
  • Nausea
    54%
  • Fever
    47%
  • Hyperglycemia
    47%
  • Diarrhea
    45%
  • Asthenia
    43%
  • Anemia
    43%
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Risks and warnings
  • Serious infections

    Taking other immunosuppressant drugs

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Cancer

    Taking Prograf (tacrolimus) for a long time

  • Heart problems

    History of heart problems

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Kidney damage

    Poor kidney function

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Diabetes

    African-American descent

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Increased risk of death in female liver transplant patients taking extended-release Prograf (tacrolimus)

    Females using Astagraf XL

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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  • Harm to fetus

    Women of childbearing age

  • Serious infections

    Taking other immunosuppressant drugs

    ...and 2 more risk factors

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