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(Tacrolimus)

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Hecoria
(Tacrolimus)

Cellcept
(Mycophenolate Mofetil)

Sandimmune
(Cyclosporine)

Rapamune
(Sirolimus)

Afinitor
(Everolimus)

Prevents organ transplant rejection. 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.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.Coming soon.Coming soon.Coming soon.
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Side effects
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How it works
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Hecoria (Tacrolimus) is an immunosuppresant that lowers the activity of your immune system, so it doesn't attack the transplanted organ.Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil) is an immunosuppresant that lowers the activity of your immune system, so it doesn't attack the transplanted organ.Coming soon.Coming soon.Coming soon.
Type of medication
PrografCellceptSandimmuneRapamuneAfinitor
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Available as
PrografCellceptSandimmuneRapamuneAfinitor
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Used for (click to learn more)
PrografCellceptSandimmuneRapamuneAfinitor
  • Cardiac transplant rejection; Prophylaxis Liver transplant rejection; Prophylaxis Plaque psoriasis (Severe)
  • Renal transplant rejection
  • Angiomyolipoma of kidney - Tuberous sclerosis syndrome
Risk factors for serious side effects
PrografCellceptSandimmuneRapamuneAfinitor
  • Taking other immunosuppressant drugs
  • Age 60 or older
  • Weak immune system
    • History of heart problems
    • Drug interactions
      • African-American descent
      • Hispanic descent
      • Kidney transplant patients
      • Poor kidney function
      • Taking kidney-damaging drugs
      Detailed Hecoria (Tacrolimus) risks & warnings »
      • Women of childbearing age
      • Taking other immunosuppressant drugs
      • Age 60 or older
      • Weak immune system
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          Pregnancy

          Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

          Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

          Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

          Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

          Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

          Food
          PrografCellceptSandimmuneRapamuneAfinitor
          • 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.
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          Kidneys and liver
          PrografCellceptSandimmuneRapamuneAfinitor
          • 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.
          • 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.
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          Weight
          PrografCellceptSandimmuneRapamuneAfinitor
          • 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.
          • 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.
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          Upsides and benefits
          PrografCellceptSandimmuneRapamuneAfinitor
          • 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.
          • 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.
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          Downsides and risks
          PrografCellceptSandimmuneRapamuneAfinitor
          • 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.
          • 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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          Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
          PrografCellceptSandimmuneRapamuneAfinitor
          • 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.
          • 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.
          • 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.
          • Take Cellcept (Mycophenolate Mofetil) on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.
          • 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.
          • 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.
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