Myfortic (Mycophenolic Acid)

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What is Myfortic (Mycophenolic Acid) prescribed for?

Myfortic It belongs to a class of medications called immunosuppressants. Which are a type of drug that suppresses, or reduces the strength of the body’s immune system.  Some of these drugs are used to make the body less likely to reject a transplanted organ.

This medication is normally used in combination with other medicines that keep your body from attack and rejecting a transplanted kidney. Myfortic works by weakening your body’s immune system to help you body come to accept the new kidney, as if it were your own.

Speak with your doctor when you begin taking this medication. Make sure to follow everything exactly how your doctor has directed.

This medication is to be taken by mouth, usually twice a day on an empty stomach. Or 1 hour before a meal, or 2 hours after a meal. Make sure to swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush, chew, or break the tablet. Doing so may prevent your body from fully absorbing the medication.

Avoid handling or inhaling the dust form the tablets. And avoid direct contact with skin or eyes. If contact does occur, was the affected skin area well with soap, or flush your eyes with plain water.

The dosage is based on your medical condition and  your response to the treatment. Take this medication regularly to gain the most benefit.

Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic to Mycophenolic Acid; or to mycophenolic acid; or to mycophenolate mofetil; or to any other medications or allergies in general.

Before taking this medication, it is for the best to inform you doctor of you Medical history. Especially of;  cancer, liver disease (such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C), current/past infections (such as herpes, shingles), stomach/intestinal problems (such as ulcers), rare genetic disorders (such as Lesch-Nyhan or Kelley-Seegmiller syndromes).

Mycophenolate can make you more likely to get infections or may worsen any current infections. Avoid contact with people who have infections that may spread to others (such as chickenpox, measles, flu). Consult your doctor if you have been exposed to an infection or for more details.

Do not have immunizations/vaccinations without the consent of your doctor. Avoid contact with people who have recently received live vaccines (such as flu vaccine inhaled through the nose).

Some of these side effects may occur when taking this medication; they are as follows; Constipation, nausea, headache, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach upset, gas, tremor, dizziness, drowsiness, or trouble sleeping may occur. However if any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor right away.

Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: unusual tiredness, fast/irregular heartbeat, easy bleeding/bruising, swelling of the feet or ankles.

Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: stomach/abdominal pain that doesn't go away, black stools, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, chest pain, shortness of breath/rapid breathing.

This medication may increase your risk of getting a rare but very serious (possibly fatal) brain infection (progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy-PML). Get medical help right away if you have any of these side effects: clumsiness, loss of coordination/balance, weakness, sudden change in your thinking (such as confusion, difficulty concentrating, memory loss), difficulty talking/walking, seizure, vision changes.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.

 

 What is the best dosage to take?

The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.

 

 What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.

 

 What is the best way to store this medication?

This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.

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