Compare CellCept vs. Afinitor

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CellCept (mycophenolate)

Prescription only

Afinitor (everolimus)

Prescription only
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.

Upsides
  • 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.
Downsides
  • 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.
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Used for
  • Prevention of heart transplant rejection
  • Prevention of kidney transplant rejection
  • Prevention of liver transplant rejection
  • Graft-versus-host disease
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Suspension
  • Pill
Price
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$14450.00
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Side effects
40possible side effects
  • High blood pressure
    78%
  • Swelling in arms and legs
    64%
  • Headache
    54%
  • Nausea
    54%
  • Fever
    47%
  • High blood sugar
    47%
  • Diarrhea
    45%
  • Lack of energy
    43%
  • Low red blood cells
    43%
  • High white blood cells
    41%
  • High cholesterol
    41%
  • Constipation
    41%
  • Trouble sleeping
    41%
  • Higher blood creatinine (marker of kidney function)
    39%
  • Lung infection
    37%
  • Shortness of breath
    37%
  • Back pain
    35%
  • Higher blood urea nitrogen (marker of kidney function)
    35%
  • Stomach pain
    34%
  • Vomiting
    34%
  • Low blood pressure
    33%
  • Low blood potassium
    32%
  • Increased cough
    31%
  • Low white blood cells
    30%
  • Lung problems
    30%
  • Dizziness
    28%
  • Anxiety
    28%
  • Swelling
    27%
  • Infection
    26%
  • Chest pain
    26%
  • Heart problems
    26%
  • Sinus inflammation
    26%
  • Low platelets
    24%
  • Tremor
    24%
  • Higher blood lactate dehydrogenase (marker of damaged cells)
    23%
  • Abnormal kidney function
    22%
  • Rash
    22%
  • Burning or tingling in hands, arms, legs, or feet
    21%
  • Fast heart rate
    20%
  • Very low neutrophil (type of white blood cell) count
    3%
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34possible side effects
  • Mouth sores
    70%
  • Rash
    59%
  • Diarrhea
    50%
  • Tiredness
    45%
  • Swelling
    39%
  • Stomach pain
    36%
  • Nausea
    32%
  • Fever
    31%
  • Decreased appetite
    30%
  • Headache
    30%
  • Vomiting
    28%
  • Weight loss
    28%
  • Common cold
    25%
  • Cough
    25%
  • Nosebleed
    22%
  • Nail disorder
    22%
  • Itchy skin
    21%
  • Difficulty breathing
    20%
  • Weakness
    19%
  • Decreased taste sensitivity
    19%
  • Lung inflammation
    17%
  • Urinary tract infection
    16%
  • Joint pain
    15%
  • Back pain
    15%
  • Constipation
    14%
  • Pain in extremity
    14%
  • Difficulty sleeping
    14%
  • Dry skin
    13%
  • High blood pressure
    13%
  • Dizziness
    12%
  • Dry mouth
    11%
  • Throat pain
    11%
  • Diabetes
    10%
  • Muscle spasms
    10%
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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
  • Cancer
    • Taking CellCept (mycophenolate) for a long time
    • Prolonged exposure to sunlight
    • UV light
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  • Infection
  • Kidney disease
  • Lung problems
  • Reaction to live vaccines
  • Swelling of the airways or tongue
    • Taking ACE inhibitor
  • Mouth ulcers
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