CellCept

(mycophenolate)

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Prevents rejection of a transplanted organ.

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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.

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Quick facts about CellCept
  • Drug class: Transplant
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (mycophenolate)

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.
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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.
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How it works

CellCept (mycophenolate) is an immunosuppresant that lowers your immune system activity so your body doesn't reject a transplanted organ.

Quick facts about CellCept
  • Drug class: Transplant
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (mycophenolate)

Used for

  • Prevention of heart transplant rejection
  • Prevention of kidney transplant rejection
  • Prevention of liver transplant rejection

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Suspension
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What to expect when you take CellCept (mycophenolate) for Prevention of heart transplant rejection

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  • Possible side effects
  • High blood pressure
  • Swelling in arms and legs
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Fever
  • High blood sugar
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Side effect rates for CellCept (mycophenolate)

From 289 clinical trials of CellCept when taken for prevention of heart transplant rejection (3 g)
  • High blood pressure
    78%78%
  • Swelling in arms and legs
    64%64%
  • Headache
    54%54%
  • Nausea
    54%54%
  • Fever
    47%47%
  • High blood sugar
    47%47%
  • Diarrhea
    45%45%
  • Lack of energy
    43%43%
  • Low red blood cells
    43%43%
  • High white blood cells
    41%41%
  • High cholesterol
    41%41%
  • Constipation
    41%41%
  • Trouble sleeping
    41%41%
  • Higher blood creatinine (marker of kidney function)
    39%39%
  • Lung infection
    37%37%
  • Shortness of breath
    37%37%
  • Back pain
    35%35%
  • Higher blood urea nitrogen (marker of kidney function)
    35%35%
  • Stomach pain
    34%34%
  • Vomiting
    34%34%
  • Low blood pressure
    33%33%
  • Low blood potassium
    32%32%
  • Increased cough
    31%31%
  • Low white blood cells
    30%30%
  • Lung problems
    30%30%
  • Dizziness
    28%28%
  • Anxiety
    28%28%
  • Swelling
    27%27%
  • Infection
    26%26%
  • Chest pain
    26%26%
  • Heart problems
    26%26%
  • Sinus inflammation
    26%26%
  • Low platelets
    24%24%
  • Tremor
    24%24%
  • Higher blood lactate dehydrogenase (marker of damaged cells)
    23%23%
  • Abnormal kidney function
    22%22%
  • Rash
    22%22%
  • Burning or tingling in hands, arms, legs, or feet
    21%21%
  • Fast heart rate
    20%20%
  • Very low neutrophil (type of white blood cell) count
    3%3%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of CellCept.

CellCept (mycophenolate)
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People taking CellCept felt side effect more

People taking CellCept felt side effect less

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Risks and Warnings for CellCept (mycophenolate)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Sexually active women of childbearing age

    CellCept (mycophenolate) can harm an unborn baby during pregnancy. Don't use CellCept (mycophenolate) while pregnant. Talk to your doctor about other medications if you're pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant.

    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

Common concerns from people taking CellCept (mycophenolate)

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Food
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed CellCepton 7/8/2016I'd highly suggest that any patient taking this pill takes it with food in there system.
    16
    Woman
    Kidney (renal) transplant rejection
Kidneys and liver
  • CellCept (mycophenolate) is a first-choice medication for preventing organ rejection since it doesn't hurt the kidneys or liver like its alternatives.
  • Not worth it
    Big hassle
    Reviewed CellCepton 1/7/2017Eyesight getting worse. Swelling of lower legs. Promotes tiredness. Having memory problems, expressing myself. Urine level is going down, but not painful. Having tremors in my hands. Low white blood cell level. Eyesight has been getting worse since kidney transplant almost 6 months ago. The above are all side effects experienced by me.
    64
    Woman
    Heart transplant rejection
Weight
  • CellCept (mycophenolate) can raise your risk of serious or life-threatening bacterial, fungal, and viral infections. In some cases, infections can reactivate 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 skin rash, tell your doctor and get medical care right away.