Compare CellCept vs. Afinitor
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Prevents rejection of a transplanted organ.
CellCept (mycophenolate) is good at preventing organ transplant rejection, but you’ll need regular blood tests to make sure you don't develop any serious side effects.
Treats different types of cancer.
Treats different types of cancer, but can cause uncomfortable side effects.
- CellCept (mycophenolate) is a first-choice medication for preventing organ rejection since it doesn't hurt the kidneys or liver like its alternatives.
- With CellCept (mycophenolate), you might be able to take a lower dose of your other anti-rejection medications.
- Afinitor (everolimus) comes as a pill rather than an injection, unlike some other cancer drugs.
- You might need to take other medications to control your blood pressure, blood sugar, or cholesterol while on CellCept (mycophenolate).
- You can’t get certain vaccines while taking CellCept (mycophenolate).
- You can’t breastfeed while on this medication.
- Afinitor (everolimus) has many uncomfortable and potentially intolerable side effects.
- You may be more prone to infections and take longer to recover from a wound while taking Afinitor (everolimus).
- Some prescription medications, vitamins and supplements can interfere with how Afinitor (everolimus) works.
- Afinitor (everolimus) might not be the best option if you have liver problems.
- Prevention of heart transplant rejection
- Prevention of kidney transplant rejection
- Prevention of liver transplant rejection
- Graft-versus-host disease
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40possible side effects
- High blood pressure78%
- Swelling in arms and legs64%
- High blood sugar47%
- Lack of energy43%
- Low red blood cells43%
- High white blood cells41%
- High cholesterol41%
- Trouble sleeping41%
- Higher blood creatinine (marker of kidney function)39%
- Lung infection37%
- Shortness of breath37%
- Back pain35%
- Higher blood urea nitrogen (marker of kidney function)35%
- Stomach pain34%
- Low blood pressure33%
- Low blood potassium32%
- Increased cough31%
- Low white blood cells30%
- Lung problems30%
- Chest pain26%
- Heart problems26%
- Sinus inflammation26%
- Low platelets24%
- Higher blood lactate dehydrogenase (marker of damaged cells)23%
- Abnormal kidney function22%
- Burning or tingling in hands, arms, legs, or feet21%
- Fast heart rate20%
- Very low neutrophil (type of white blood cell) count3%
34possible side effects
- Mouth sores70%
- Stomach pain36%
- Decreased appetite30%
- Weight loss28%
- Common cold25%
- Nail disorder22%
- Itchy skin21%
- Difficulty breathing20%
- Decreased taste sensitivity19%
- Lung inflammation17%
- Urinary tract infection16%
- Joint pain15%
- Back pain15%
- Pain in extremity14%
- Difficulty sleeping14%
- Dry skin13%
- High blood pressure13%
- Dry mouth11%
- Throat pain11%
- Muscle spasms10%
Risks and risk factors
- Harm to fetus
- Sexually active women of childbearing age
- Serious infections
- Taking other immunosuppressants
- Age 60 or older
- Weak immune system
- Blood disorders
- Taking CellCept (mycophenolate) for a long time
- Prolonged exposure to sunlight
- UV light
- Kidney disease
- Lung problems
- Reaction to live vaccines
- Swelling of the airways or tongue
- Taking ACE inhibitor
- Mouth ulcers