CellCept (Mycophenolic Acid)
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CellCept (generic name: Mycophenolic Acid) is a powerful immunosuppressant indispensable after kidney, heart or liver transplantation to avoid possible organ rejection. Though the medication lowers the level of the body's immune system, it increases the chances of the new organ acceptance. Besides, other drugs, taken in complex with CellCept can both balance the immune system and prevent the rejection process.
Recommendations for Use
Despite great effectiveness, CellCept is also a dangerous medication, in a way, so following doctor’s recommendation and prescription is an inevitable part of the treatment. Do not make any decisions about the drug intake yourself; let the healthcare provider supervise the process. Never increase or decrease the dose, avoid changing the strength of CellCept, do not double the dose in case you have missed one. Inform your doctor about every desirable step, though follow his/her advice.
An innovative formula of Mycophenolic Acid is available in multiple forms, including tablets, capsules and injections:
• CellCept for oral administration should be taken 1-2 hours before the meals, on an empty stomach.
• Swallow the capsule without damaging its upper level.
• Injections of CellCept are allowed only in the hospital, doctor’s office or clinics, so address your healthcare provider to do it.
Do not violate any of these rules to get the desirable result without any harm to your body. Take regular tests to check if the treatment doesn’t aggravate the general health condition and doesn’t provoke any of the side effects. Besides, do not forget to inform your doctor about other drugs you take and get the recommendation with a special concern and attention to the medication, like antiviral treatments, antibiotics, sulfa drugs, etc.
When taking CellCept try to reduce the time being among ill people with diverse infections, as your immune system is shaken, so you can easily catch the virus. Do not take a live vaccine, while being under CellCept treatment, as it is ineffective at this time, though you risk getting additional health conditions.
Precautions and Contraindications
Among the main contraindications are allergic reactions to the active ingredient of CellCept or other drug components. Besides, to prevent aggravation of the condition, tell your doctor about all the health issues you have ever had and the ones you are currently experiencing. Pay special attention to such problems as:
• Kelley-Seegmiller syndrome
• Lesch-Nyhan syndrome
• Infections of diverse types, including bacterial, viral and fungal
• Stomach disorders, ulcer, etc.
One of the most devastating features of CellCept is the risk it bears for pregnant women. The treatment may lead to miscarriage and various birth defects; so, inform your doctor about necessary medication intake to regulate the time of possible pregnancy.
Being a radical treatment, CellCept has both great effects and many downsides. As a rule they appear in case you have violated the above mentioned usage recommendations, while especially severe conditions are caused by misuse and overuse of the medication. Among the most common side effects are:
• Allergic reactions, including swelling, hives, difficulty breathing, itching
• General weakness, fatigue, loss of the appetite, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting
• Confusion, disability to concentrate, problems making logical conclusions
• Cold symptoms, fever, tiredness and sweats
Once you have noticed some of these symptoms, immediately call your doctor and get emergency medical help.
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